Nebraska Breast Health Navigation Program

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The Nebraska Breast Health Navigation Program is focused on eliminating barriers for breast cancer survivors, particularly survivors of color, minorities and underserved communities. Triple negative breast cancer is more common in younger black women. These patients are 40% more likely to die of the disease than white women and less likely to receive chemotherapy, breast surgery and enroll in clinical trials.

The program uses trained volunteers called Lay Patient Navigators provide peer-to-peer support to patients and families to identify and resolve barriers to healthcare and enable patients to understand treatment recommendations that reflect best care practices. These volunteers help to facilitate communication and trust between patients and providers.

Lay Navigators are not healthcare providers and cannot give medical advice. Any discussions between Lay Navigator and the patient remains private and confidential under HIPAA. No personal information is shared without expressed and affirmed consent from the patient.

Our Goals

Contact Us

Juan Santamaria MD, FACS
Surgical Oncologist
Nebraska Breast Health Navigation Program Director
Phone: 402-559-7272
juan.santamaria@unmc.edu

Phyllis Mitchell-Butler
Administrative Navigator Coordinator
Phone: 402-559-5853
pmitchellbutler@unmc.edu

Julia Weathers
Administrative Navigator Coordinator
Phone: 402-559-5876
jweathers@unmc.edu