Cancer Plan Minnesota 2025

Objective 6

Expand the cancer workforce to include more community health workers, patient navigators and care coordinators


6.1 Increase the availability of and access to certificate programs for community health workers

6.2 Work to integrate a high-quality cancer curriculum in community health worker training and certificate programs

6.3 Promote cancer care training and certification programs to prepare health care professionals to serve as cancer patient navigators and care coordinators

6.4 Conduct an assessment of community health worker certificate holders and lay patient navigators to determine their level of employment in cancer-related activities

6.5 Promote policies, including payment reform, that support the effective deployment of community health workers

6.6 Advocate for financial reimbursement for cancer patient navigators and care coordinators


Originally presented at Cancer Summit Minnesota 2017, this “Spotlight” presentation is intended to be a fast-paced introduction to this objective.


A strategy action group has formed to work on Objective 6.  For more information visit their group page.

At Cancer Summit Minnesota 2017 small groups discussed the strategies corresponding with this objective. Below are their compiled notes:

At the Summit attendees were also asked to make specific pledges to strategies to help move the work forward. Find the list of who committed to objective 6 strategies here (scroll down to view all the corresponding strategies).


Original Cancer Plan Survivorship workgroup draft objective and issue analysis on navigation support services.

Survivorship workgroup page.

Original Cancer Plan Detection workgroup draft objective on community health workers.

Detection workgroup page.


Coming Soon!


Measure: Number of community health workers, cancer patient navigators and cancer care coordinators in the workforce
Data Source: TBD
Baseline: TBD Target: TBD