Patient Navigation and Advocacy

University of Arizona Cancer Center Patient Advocate

Kristin Uribe,  patient relations specialist

With a background in oncology and social services, Kristin Uribe is available to assist patients with care issues and questions about the center. She also oversees the Patient Assistance Fund.

Patient Assistance Fund

The University of Arizona Cancer Center's Patient Assistance Fund was established in 1997 by a cancer patient who observed several other patients having difficulty getting some of their very basic needs met. Her family helped establish the fund with a donation of $2,500.

Since its inception, the fund has continued to grow through the generosity of private donors, fund raising events, and cancer patients and their families. Approximately $100,000 has been distributed to patients over the past eight years.

Because of increased health care costs, cutbacks on insurance and prescription coverage, and a growing number of uninsured patients, many cancer patients still go without critical needs and services. Prior to the Fund, patients may have been unable to afford items such as pain medication, antibiotics and medication to control nausea. Without access to these medications, they were often at a physical and emotional disadvantage to fight their illnesses.

When a serious illness occurs, additional financial demands are often placed on a patient and his or her family. The Patient Assistance Fund has helped alleviate some of the stress created by this situation, allowing the patient to focus on healing. In addition to health care, monies have been used to pay for the following:

  • Rent and utilities
  • Transportation
  • Groceries
  • Temporary housing for out-of-town patients and their caregivers
  • Bridge funding until other resources can be identified and obtained
  • Something fun to lift the spirit, such as lunch or a simple outing

Donations can be made payable to the UACC Patient Assistance Fund/UAMC.

Mailing address:
Patient Assistance Fund
c/o Kristin Uribe
University of Arizona Cancer Center -- North Campus
3838 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719

American Cancer Society Patient Navigator

The Patient Navigator with the American Cancer Society, helps identify non-clinical barriers to care and responds to patient and family needs by linking them to services and resources offered by the American Cancer Society, the University of Arizona Cancer Center and the community.

American Cancer Society's Patient Lodging Program is one of several resources for patients with a cancer diagnosis who travel more than 50 miles for out-patient medical appointments for cancer treatment and are unable to afford lodging. Please contact the Patient Navigator with the American Cancer Society for more information on how to register for the Patient Lodging Program or call 1-866-500-3272.

The Patient Navigator may be reached at American Cancer Society's website is www.cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345 for more information on cancer related topics and resources.