At least one in three adults in the U.S. will develop cancer in their lifetime, which means that many people may face a cancer diagnosis or need to care for a loved one with cancer while working. A Johns Hopkins program called Work Stride: Cancer Prevention, Navigation, and Support—which is free of charge as a benefit to JHU employees—is available to help you.
Work Stride is designed specifically to meet the needs of employees who want to be proactive in preventing cancer, and of those who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis or caring for someone with cancer. It also informs supervisors about how to best support employees through a cancer journey.
How it works
Work Stride: Cancer Prevention, Navigation, and Support includes two components: expert personal support from nurse navigators, and web-based education and resources.
- A nurse navigator is available by phone to provide confidential guidance to employees on cancer prevention, help on medical and work issues while being treated for cancer or serving as a caregiver for a loved one with cancer, and access to support groups and other resources. All conversations with the nurse are confidential and HIPAA protected. To speak with the nurse navigator, call 844-446-6229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Work Stride: Cancer Prevention, Navigation, and Support website provides comprehensive information and videos for employees, covering topics such as types of cancer, screening, prevention, and caregiver education. A separate portal on the website is available for managers, offering guidance and resources for supporting and managing employees who have cancer or are caring for someone with cancer.
Work Stride oncology nurse navigator Rose Wolfe hosts two monthly meetings via Zoom.
- Employee support group: first Wednesday of every month, noon to 1 p.m.
- Caregiver support group: second Wednesday of every month, noon to 1 p.m.
For more information and to register for the above sessions, contact Wolfe at 844-446-6229 or email@example.com.
Cancer screening tool
Work Stride's Screening Tool will provide individualized information about cancer screening and prevention strategies specific to you (your information won't be stored) that you can use in addition to scheduling appointments with your doctor. For more information about screening tests or your own risk levels, contact the nurse navigator.
Sun & Skin Cancer Awareness webinar
If you missed Work Stride's Sun & Skin Cancer Awareness webinar in July, you can watch the on-demand recording here.
Your guide to prostate cancer
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month. Johns Hopkins Work Stride experts share this infographic that highlights the symptoms to watch for and screening recommendations for the most-diagnosed cancer in American men. Cancer is a personal and emotional experience; if you need support, education, or help navigating your cancer journey or that of a loved one, a free and confidential Work Stride nurse navigator is available to assist you.
Share with co-workers
To help spread the word about Work Stride, post this Work Stride Overview infographic in your work area.
For information on the many benefits and resources available to support you holistically in your wellness journey, visit the JHU Healthy at Hopkins website. There you will find the offerings organized around four primary pillars of well-being: physical, emotional, social, and financial. In addition, the Workshops & Webinars page offers an array of live and on-demand workshops for your own personal development or a department event. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.