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Patient Navigators

Patient Navigators

Amy Thompson, RN, OCN, CN-BN

Survivorship Programs Manager and Patient Navigator, Nevada Cancer Coalition

Like many people, Amy’s connection to cancer originated from a family history. Both of Amy’s grandmothers had breast cancer and her grandfather had metastatic melanoma. Her family history, compassion for helping others, and desire to learn and advocate for cancer patients, led her to specialize in oncology where she quickly realized she was “at home”. 

Amy has been an oncology nurse since 2012. She found her passion for oncology nursing as a bedside nurse and transitioned to serve as the Breast Nurse Navigator at a Northern Nevada hospital for almost six years. Following her passion for community health and expanding access, she proudly joined the Nevada Cancer Coalition to continue her work as a patient navigator while collaborating to build the ThriveNV survivorship program.  

Amy has considered it an honor to work with cancer patients for more than a decade and is passionate about empowering cancer patients and their families through education and advocacy. 

Valerie Martinez-Gutierrez

Southern Nevada Cancer Outreach Coordinator, Nevada Cancer Coalition

Valerie found her passion in helping others within her community at a young age. She grew up in an environment where there wasn’t a lot of knowledge about available resources. Her two aunts and two cousins were diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age. Her uncle was also later diagnosed with gastric cancer. Valerie lost two family members due to the disease. Finding out that her family has a history of cancer motivated her to get a bachelor’s degree in Human Services Counseling.

In 7 years as a case manager working for nonprofits in Las Vegas, Nevada, Valerie has assisted a diverse population within low-income communities find and access resources. She helped them to find housing, financial assistance and food banks; complete SNAP and SSI applications; connect with transportation, family court and employment assistance; and get help addressing mental health, setting up medical appointments and learning basic life skills.

Valerie has helped many individuals and she will continue to help others and share her knowledge of community resources as a bilingual ThriveNV navigator. 

Jorge Arambula

Southern Nevada Cancer Outreach Coordinator, Nevada Cancer Coalition

As a first-generation Mexican American, Jorge saw firsthand how having a lack of knowledge and access to resources negatively affected minority populations in Las Vegas and Nevada. This was one of the main reasons that he became interested in the field of public health. Jorge wanted to be in a profession where he could support and assist underserved members of our population by promoting information, resources, and education. He has also personally witnessed family members be diagnosed with and battle cancer and seen the toll that it can take on a family. 

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of Nevada, Reno, Jorge worked as a health advocate supporting families and helping to connect them with local community resources. Some of the resources that he supported families with included low-cost health and dental clinics, food distributions, mental health services, affordable housing, and special needs services. Working with this population allowed him to see the effect that health disparities have on minority and low socioeconomic status populations and made him realize how much work still needs to be done in order to best support the members of our community who need it most.

Nevada Cancer Coalition's [ThriveNV program] is the best resource in Nevada for everything cancer. They are so knowledgeable and willing to assist whenever needed. I always say, ‘I wish every state had this program because the care and knowledge you all have is unmatched!' They are experts at… Read More

Nicole, Community Partner / Patient Navigator

With the help of ThriveNV and the Nevada Cancer Coalition, CHA has been able to stay up to date on patient resources, whether it's cancer prevention or cancer treatment this Coalition knows it all. Throughout the years, we have collaborated on cancer prevention projects and patient navigation. I… Read More

Liz, FQHC Cancer Care Coordinator, Community Clinic Partner, Northern Nevada

Working together with ThriveNV, specifically with Amy Thompson, made all the difference when it came to giving our mutual patient the resources and the help he needed to get back to good health. By having the support and input of ThriveNV, I found the necessary tools to pave a clear and easy… Read More

Ivonne, Case Manager, Community Clinic Partner, Northern Nevada

I have nothing but good things to say about this organization. Starting with the staff, they are caring, friendly, and very knowledgeable! I immediately felt like they were looking out for the best interest of my sick mother. My main contact was Valerie and she provided me and my mother with all… Read More

Grecia, M., Caregiver, Las Vegas

ThriveNV has been an amazing program to work with! I live in a rural part of Nevada, which means that sometimes resources are difficult to find. Working with ThriveNV and Amy Thompson made all of the difference. They were able to connect us with resources and eased the burden of trying to piece… Read More

Bre T., Caregiver and Community Partner, Rural

I have been extremely impressed with the professionalism, expertise, and supportive resources that ThriveNV has provided to our community. Additionally, having bi-lingual community partners ensures that our patient population is afforded the communication and support they deserve.

Kim D., Community Partner, Southern Nevada

Jorge, I am so grateful for you and your organization, both do so much for our cancer community. You have shown the utmost respect, knowledge and care towards me and my health. You listen, answer all my concerns and are always ready and willing to assist me. You always take the initiative and… Read More

I.A., Ovarian Cancer, Las Vegas

I am very pleased with the assistance and guidance I received from the patient navigator and ThriveNV. I will definitely refer my family and friends to this service.

R.C.G, Breast Cancer
ThriveNV has become a resource of resources for cancer patients and survivors in the state of Nevada. The patient navigators have been incredibly helpful as we share resources to help patients, caregivers, and medical professionals. The addition of bilingual navigators has been an enormous value-… Read More
Natalie S., Survivor and Community Partner