What it is.
TrueNTH (“True North”) Peer Navigation is a navigation program that puts experienced patient and caregiver survivors in touch with people looking for support through the prostate cancer journey.
- You’ve been through it already – your knowledge and experience can help others.
- Get trained on how to be a peer navigator from professionals, and they’ll be there to support you along the way.
- Guide others to navigate the healthcare system and prepare them on what to expect.
- Be there to share your "lessons learned" in dealing with the effects of prostate cancer.
Hear from a Peer Navigator
Why trust it.
TrueNTH Peer Navigation was designed and developed by a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and health care professionals in collaboration with prostate cancer survivors and caregivers to address the supportive care needs of prostate cancer patients and their caregivers from diagnosis onwards.
Who we’re looking for.
TrueNTH seeks to provide peer navigation services to both men and their partners/caregivers – together or separately.
Patient survivors act as Peer Navigators for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, while experienced caregivers mentor other patient supporters as Caregiver Navigators.
Caregiver Navigators are individuals who have previously provided support to a man with prostate cancer and wish to act as mentors to people looking for support through the prostate cancer journey.
TO BECOME A CAREGIVER NAVIGATOR, YOU MUST:
- Have acted as a caregiver – even if informally – to a man with prostate cancer.
- Be open to providing mentorship to other women or men, in-person, over the phone or online.
- Act as a bridge between health professionals and patients by knowing who to contact when issues arise.
- Be comfortable using an online platform to log interactions with the peers that you mentor.
Hear from a Cancer Survivor and a Caregiver Peer Navigator
How to get involved.
True NTH Peer Navigation is launching a pilot program in Canada with sites in 2016 and 2017 – Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia – so we need Caregiver Navigators for both locations.
This is what you do:
- First, you need to Apply to be a Caregiver Navigator. Your application will be reviewed by TrueNTH.
- If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be asked to participate in an interview.
- If selected by the program, you will be notified of a Peer Navigator training course to complete in 2016-2017.
- Once your training is complete, you’ll join a community of Peer Navigators to support one another.
- As a Peer Navigator, you may be paired with up to three women or men for you to provide mentorship to.
- You will then be able to chat and meet with those you mentor on an ongoing basis for the duration of the pilot program.
Hear from a Peer Navigator
Who's behind it.
This work was awarded by Prostate Cancer Canada and is proudly funded by the Movember Foundation.