New Online Course from Cancer Resource Foundation Gives Prostate Health Team Members Convenient, Affordable Option to Gain Core Skills

Marlborough, MA, October 15, 2013 – Patient care teams that focus on prostate health now have another option to add to their training arsenal. Cancer Resource Foundation, a leader in educational resources for the cancer community, and organizers of the Boston Prostate Cancer Walk & 5K Run is now offering a new course, Core Competencies for the Prostate Health Team, beginning December 9. It is now open for registration, and the cost is $99 for the 6-week course.

“We are very excited about this new course,” says Mary Lou Woodford, chief executive officer and co-founder of Cancer Resource Foundation. “It will help teams build confidence in their delivery of high-quality prostate health. As healthcare reform evolves and integrated teams expand, it becomes important for all members to be trained in the core competencies of healthcare. This course is appropriate for all members of the prostate health team including, reception staff, medical technologists, patient navigators, health educators, community liaisons, and office managers. All members of the team will benefit from learning more about the core competencies needed to work with patients and providers.”

The course is based on a successful online curriculum developed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in collaboration with Massachusetts healthcare partners. It offers a foundation for those working in healthcare and particularly for any multidisciplinary team. The core competencies include organizational skills, documentation skills, health disparities, social determinants of health, assessment skills, and service coordination skills. The most current information about prostate health is covered, including prostate cancer prevention, screening and treatment, and shared decision-making.

Core Competencies for the Prostate Health Team is designed to prepare individuals to work collaboratively within their prostate health or men’s health team. It is an interactive, facilitated course covering the essential knowledge and skills required of all team members, both clinical and nonclinical. The course will prepare them to become active participants by assisting patients with healthcare options, offering appropriate prostate health education materials, building healthy patient-provider relationships, offering appropriate community-based resources, and supporting other team members.

“One advantage of this course is its accessibility,” says Woodford, who is offering it completely online through “The cutting-edge online interactive tools make it easy for each member of the prostate health team to access the content when and where it is convenient and at their own pace.

“Participants are getting the same high-caliber instruction they would through a university distance-learning program, conveniently and affordably,” adds Woodford, making Core Competencies for the Prostate Health Team a great option in lean budget times.

Woodford is leading a free informational session on the course November 12, 2013, at 2pm ET. Register at


For more information or to register for the courses, please visit Core Competencies for the Prostate Health Team.

About The Cancer Resource Foundation

The Cancer Resource Foundation Inc. (CRF) was established after its co-founders, President and Chair Karleen R. Habin, RN, BCCS, MPHC and Chief Executive Officer Mary Lou Woodford, RN, MBA, CCM, repeatedly experienced the overwhelming confusion that comes with navigating a cancer diagnosis. The CRF is a national 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Marlborough with the mission to advocate and provide support for the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship of cancer through patient assistance, education and research. Learn more at

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