Community Navigators

Community-based cancer navigators

Diverse CommunitiesCommunity-based lay breast cancer navigators serve high-risk women in the community who may lack access to breast cancer screening and care. Franciscan's award-winning breast cancer navigation program is a collaboration with the Korean Women’s Association with major funding provided by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

Community navigators are not medical providers, but they are available to assist women with finding a doctor, scheduling a mammogram, arranging assistance with transportation, accompanying women to appointments as needed, advocating for women during medical appointments, diagnostic procedures and treatment, assisting with locating resources, and supporting women with breast cancer through their healthcare journey. They can work with all other navigators to assure that each patient has the best medical care, the resources needed, and the support and friendship that can make a real difference during and after a cancer diagnosis.Journey to Recovery 2015

Franciscan’s program focuses on assisting low-income, primarily non-English speaking women in getting mammograms and appropriate breast cancer care if they are diagnosed with breast cancer.

American Cancer Society

The Cancer Resource Center at St. Joseph assist patients with practical concerns as they embark on their cancer journey. The center offers assistance with wigs, prescriptions, utility bill issues, and links to support programs and other community resources.

Based on the patient's area of residence, the Resource Center provides resources for transportation to cancer appointments and registers the patient for classes to improve their quality of life during and after cancer treatment. The services are free of charge and available to any cancer patient, caregiver or survivor in the community. This service is a resource provided by the Franciscan Cancer Program and the American Cancer Society.

The resource center is here to help Franciscan patients in the Puget Sound area with:

  • personal needs
    • free make-up and skin care class with a licensed cosmetologist
    • free hats and wigs
    • free transportation program
  • medicine and medical supplies
    • clinical trials
    • Health Well Foundation
    • partnership for prescription assistance
  • support and Comfort
    • support groups for patients and caregivers
    • free Cancer Resource Center with computer access
    • free organizer for your cancer records
    • a Gloria’s Angel’s team to support you through your cancer treatment
  • basic needs
    • Tacoma Public Utilities
    • Salvation Army
    • community food banks
  • local and national charities
    • Komen Foundation
    • Cancer Lifeline
    • cancer care
    • free legal resources

Franciscan Community Breast Cancer Navigators

Communities Served   Navigator   Contact Information  
African American Doris Harris King County: 206-261-0132
Pierce County: 253-448-0328

Cambodian Bona Khim Cell: 253-970-3983
Office: 253-538-8363

Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ)
Doris Harris King County: 206-261-0132
Pierce County: 253-448-0328

Native American Teddy Peterson, RN
Cancer Nurse Navigator
Puyallup Tribal Health Authority
253-593-0232, extension 427

All Pacific Islanders Jackie LeSage Cell: 253-778-5642
Office: 253-301-3872

Samoan Siniva Driggers, RN 253-507-5041
Cell: 253-632-9559

Spanish/Latina Agueda Fernandez-Webster 253-353-5502

Thai Bona Khim Cell: 253-970-3983
Office: 253-538-8363

Vietnamese Bona Khim Cell: 253-970-3983
Office: 253-538-8363

Korean Womens AssociationIf you have questions about the community cancer navigators, please contact us at 253-426-6746.