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About Frontier and Rural Patient Navigators

Living in a rural or frontier area can make it difficult to get the cancer care patients need. A patient navigator can help!

The Frontier and Rural Navigation Program serves patients coming to the Huntsman Cancer Institute Hospital from Montana, Wyoming, and rural Utah. Our navigator can connect patients to hospital and community resources, answer questions, and provide support in many ways. Rural patient navigators can also help health care teams understand the limits rural and frontier patients may face. In other words, the navigator will help “navigate” the health care system from diagnosis to survivorship.

This is a pilot program funded by the American Cancer Society.

Meet Our Navigator

Amelia Thelin

Amelia Thelin grew up on a farm in eastern Washington state, where she experienced many of the difficulties rural patients face. Before joining Huntsman Cancer Institute, Amelia worked in public education for 10 years, serving special education students and their families from a wide geographical area. During that time, she earned a bachelor's degree in public health and human services from Brigham Young University – Idaho. She is passionate about health and wellness and providing access to those who face hardships due to distance.

Office: 801-213-5618

Banner photo courtesy of Amelia Thelin.

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