Updated: July 11th, 2023

The Smith Center for Healing and the Arts and Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) are pleased to announce a new Integrative Oncology Patient Navigator Training Program. Through this online self-paced program, healthcare practitioners will explore the intersection of oncology care and integrative health practices and hone their skills in developing integrative navigation care plans for patients and clients.“The demand for integrative care and for deeper support is high among both cancer patients and survivors, who often feel lost and overwhelmed navigating their cancer care,” said Lisa Simms Booth, Smith Center’s Executive Director. “Our groundbreaking Integrative Navigation Model expands the concept of patient navigation to offer comprehensive, holistic support throughout the entire cancer experience.”The Integrative Oncology Patient Navigator Training Program provides learners with a strong foundation for creating patient-centered care for the whole person. The training teaches how to offer a deeper level of support that addresses the unique physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals challenged by cancer. Smith Center and MUIH believe that incorporating these elements can not only support a patient through cancer treatment but also increase overall well-being and quality of life for those facing cancer. This training will also provide the opportunity for learners from a variety of professions to earn up to 44 continuing education units including nurses, social workers, health and wellness coaches and nutrition specialists. We are grateful to our funding partners for helping to make this project possible: The Scheidel Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.“The online self-paced format provides a convenient and flexible learning environment for busy healthcare professionals to expand their knowledge and skills and to enhance their career”, said Christina Sax, MUIH’s Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. This format builds on MUIH’s experience delivering fully online graduate programs and non-credit professional development courses since 2013. MUIH also offers graduate degrees in ayurveda, cannabis science, health and wellness coaching, health promotion, herbal medicine, integrative health studies, nutrition, workplace wellness, and yoga therapy.About Maryland University of Integrative Health:Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) is a leading academic institution focused on the study and practice of integrative health and wellness and one of the few universities in the U.S. dedicated solely to such practices. Deeply rooted in a holistic philosophy, its model for integrative health and wellness is grounded in whole-person, relationship-centered, evidence-informed care. Since 1974, MUIH has been a values-driven community educating practitioners and professionals to become future health and wellness leaders through transformative programs grounded in traditional wisdom and contemporary science. MUIH has more than 20 progressive graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines, offered in convenient learning formats. In the on-campus Natural Care Center and community outreach settings, MUIH provides compassionate and affordable healthcare from student interns and professional practitioners, delivering clinical treatments and consultations throughout each year. For more information, visit http://www.muih.edu.About Smith Center for Healing and the Arts (Smith Center)Founded in 1996, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in the heart of Washington, D.C. Smith Center offers a variety of educational and creative resources and programs to enhance health and wholeness, with a special focus on serving those affected by cancer. Programs focus on cultivating each person’s innate ability to heal, helping participants explore meaning and maintain hope—even in the face of life’s greatest challenges. Now, more than 25 years later, Smith Center has expanded its program offerings to serve the D.C. community through classes and workshops, Cancer Retreats, our hospital-based Artist-In-Residence programs, and Integrative Patient Navigation Services. Smith Center also operates the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, a space dedicated to showcasing art that serves to educate, enlighten, empower, and cultivate healing. For more information, visit http://www.smithcenter.org.