Patient Navigator Manager at Nueva Vida
Ana is a two-time breast cancer survivor diagnosed at 34 years old with triple-negative breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy and received chemotherapy and radiation. This experience motivated Ana to help other Latina cancer survivors which she has been able to accomplish through her work as a patient navigator and peer counselor. Her role at Nueva Vida focuses on the case management of women who have been diagnosed with cancer or who are in the process of being diagnosed. Ana’s expertise also includes training for the Nueva Vida program “Compañeras de Apoyo”, and ARBOLES training (cancer genetic testing and counseling) for Georgetown University. Before officially joining the Nueva Vida team, Ana was a client, so she has a unique insight into the lived experiences of breast cancer survivors. Also, before Nueva Vida, she was working as a Patient Navigator at the Breast Cancer Screening Program at Shady Grove Hospital in Maryland. In 2005 Ana was nominated by Nueva Vida for Lifetime TV’s “Breast Cancer Hero Award.” Ana has successfully navigated over 700 Latina women with cancer, mostly with challenging situations such as low socioeconomic status, no health insurance, low English proficiency, and low health literacy. Originally from El Salvador, Ana has a full understanding of the cultural and linguistic factors specific to Latinas. She wants to dedicate her life to working on overcoming health disparities for Latina women who have so many challenges when facing a cancer diagnosis.