Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA, PhD, HON-OPN-CGDirector
Institute for Patient Centered Initiatives & Health Equity
Mandi Pratt-Chapman is Director of the Institute for Patient Centered Initiatives & Health Equity at the GW Cancer Center. She is responsible for strategically planning and implementing patient-centered initiatives and addressing significant health equity challenges in Washington, DC. The GW Cancer Institute’s vision is a cancer-free world and health care that is patient-centered, accessible and equitable. Its mission is to foster healthy communities, prepared patients, responsive health care professionals and supportive health care systems through applied cancer research, education, advocacy and translation of evidence to practice.
Dr. Pratt-Chapman currently Chairs the Guideline Committee for the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC). The committee is streamlining ACCC guidelines to be user-friendly to practitioners and administrators. She also served on the Steering Committee for ACCC’s 2015 Supportive Care Summit, where national leaders convened to advance implementation of Commission on Cancer continuum of care standards for patient navigation, cancer survivorship and distress screening.
Dr. Pratt-Chapman’s research has addressed clinical guideline development and workforce capacity to advance patient-centered care and health equity. Specifically, Dr. Pratt-Chapman serves as co-Principal Investigator for the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center and has co-authored four holistic clinical practice guidelines on breast, prostate, colorectal and head and neck cancer survivorship care. She also led the development of national, consensus-based core competencies for Oncology Patient Navigators and the development of a free, online training to elevate standards and provide all navigators access to training to build competencies. She chairs a task force for the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators to initiate a certification process for Oncology Patient Navigators in 2016.
Dr. Pratt-Chapman is Principal Investigator for two Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute-funded projects to inform health services standards for cancer survivorship and catalyze dissemination and implementation of evidence-based cancer survivorship and patient navigation practices. Under her leadership, her capable team provides technical assistance to CDC-funded comprehensive cancer control programs in the areas of patient navigation, cancer survivorship, evidence-based communication strategies, and policy and systems change.
Looking ahead, Dr. Pratt-Chapman is developing a task force to examine standards for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) data collection, develop use cases for transgender cancer patients and create and disseminate recommendations for care for this significantly underserved population.