As the U.S. health system becomes more and more complex, the term “Health Navigator” is starting to appear in the national media as the newest emerging career. That's why we are excited to announce the launch of the Health Navigation Series.
Developed under the editorial direction of Richard K. Riegelman, MD, MPH, PhD, this series of four textbooks and accompanying digital learning materials is designed for health navigator associate degree and certificate programs leading to employment as community health workers, patient navigators, and/or health insurance navigators.
This unique series meets the full range of Health Navigation education competencies based on the Community Colleges and Public Health Project Report—a joint initiative between the League for Innovation in the Community College and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. What's more, each title will serve as a free-standing text designed for a three semester hour course. Together the series will cover the 12 semester hours of required course work recommended for health navigation associate degree and academic certificate programs by the ASPPH Community Colleges and Public Health report.
“There is now a growing commitment to provide [Health Navigator] job positions and an emerging strategy for integrating these positions into the health care and public health systems.” —Kay Perrin, MPH, PhD
Due out this summer, the first text in the new Health Navigation series will be Perrin's Principles of Health Navigation. It provides an overview of the content and knowledge competencies expected as part of health navigation education including health services delivery and health insurance, care of the individual, and accessing and analyzing health information competencies.
Additional titles will be available throughout 2017.