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American Cancer Society Harold P. Freeman Award Recognizes Leadership in Medically Underserved Populations

The Queen’s Medical Center

Oncology Patient Navigation Program Receives

2009 Harold P. Freeman Award

HONOLULU, Hawai’i – The American Cancer Society, High Plains Division, is pleased to announce that the Oncology Patient Navigation Program at The Queen’s Medical Center is one of four recipients of the 2009 American Cancer Society Harold P. Freeman Service Award given to individuals, groups, organizations or companies who demonstrate exemplary achievement in saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer by improving the quality of life for cancer patients in underserved, at-risk communities.

“We are delighted to announce these winners,” says Mike Dany, CEO of the High Plains Division. “The awardees all deserve this recognition for the hard work they do to diminish suffering from cancer in our disparate populations.” The Oncology Patient Navigation Program at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, is awarded the 2009 Harold P. Freeman award for their specific effort to target both the Native Hawaiian and Filipino population, as these two groups have the highest incidence of cancer death in Hawai’i.


The Navigation Program at Queen’s is the first hospital-based navigation program in Hawai’i. The program uses the Harold P. Freeman patient navigation, the gold standard for patient navigation, as its model. Since it started in September, 2006, The Queen’s Patient Navigation program has served over 1,600 cancer patients.

The other recipients of the 2009 Harold P. Freeman Award are:

· The Tammy Walker Cancer Center in Salina, Kansas, for their activities that are geared toward women over 40 in rural communities. Fifteen counties that are federally designated as underserved are the primary focus of the Cancer Center’s efforts to encourage women to be screened for breast cancer;

· The Empowerment Network, of St. Louis, Missouri for their work with African American men facing prostate cancer. The Network provides prostate cancer advocacy, education, and support; and

· The Asian Breast Health Outreach Project in Richardson, Texas for their outreach and education of Asian women 40 years and older in three counties. The Project seeks to reduce barriers related to culture, finances, and language so more Asian women will participate in breast screening.

The Harold P. Freeman Service Award was developed by the American Cancer Society to recognize outstanding efforts in cancer control activities. The award is named after Harold P. Freeman, MD, a past president of the Society, who placed priority on issues relating to the medically underserved during his presidency.

This award recognizes individuals, groups, organizations, or companies that demonstrate exemplary achievement in bringing the American Cancer Society’s mission to the underserved, at-risk communities. The award acknowledges projects aimed at reducing cancer disparities amongst underserved populations. This award is presented annually in the High Plains Division which includes Kansas, Hawaii, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.