What is Work Stride?

Work Stride is an oncology support and navigation program for your workforce and their loved ones. Work Stride provides cancer navigation, emotional encouragement, access to trusted information, work-life support and holistic coaching – from cancer prevention to diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and caregiving.

About Work Stride

1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life. Work Stride is here to help.

Initially created at Johns Hopkins for Johns Hopkins employees, the Work Stride program provides a safe, confidential space for anyone to seek guidance as they navigate cancer.

Work Stride can help your workforce:
  1. Reduce cancer risk and learn strategies for prevention
  2. Recognize early warning signs
  3. Understand and navigate treatment
  4. Balance work, life, treatment and caregiving

Work Stride can also guide your managers on the best ways to support your employees.


The Human Touch

A key component of Work Stride is the Oncology Nurse Navigator. Our Work Stride Nurse Navigators are specially trained nurses, available by email, text message, phone and video to provide expert navigation, trusted information, emotional support and guidance to employees and managers.

Work Stride Oncology Nurse Navigators are clinically trained in all facets of the cancer experience, leveraging: 

  • A deep understanding of the patient and their cancer on multiple levels 
  • Connections to expert resources and 2nd opinions, local or nationwide 
  • Access to world-renowned experts for rare and complex cancer cases 
  • Workflows crafted by Johns Hopkins leading experts in oncology care 
  • Work-life support and training for managers

logoAll Johns Hopkins workplace oncology nurse navigators are certified by the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators

Watch this short video to learn more about the role of the nurse navigator.

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The Work Stride Experience


Johns Hopkins Oncology
Nurse Navigators

  • Personal and confidential relationship
  • Expert navigation to oncology services and resources nationwide
  • Clinically trained nurses with a focus on holistic coaching for overall well-being
  • Available via phone call, text or email


24/7 Access to Work Stride
Website Resources

  • Expert guidance, tip sheets, and videos on diagnosis, treatment, and patient and employee rights
  • Training tailored specifically for supervisors
  • Breaking news in cancer and clinical research
  • Cancer prevention strategies and risk factor screening tools

About Work Stride's Developers

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Lillie D. Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S.

Lillie D. Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S., served as the administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center from 1997 to 2018 and also served as the director of the Johns Hopkins Cancer Survivorship programs from 2011 to 2018. She is a two-time breast cancer survivor, diagnosed in her 30s and again at age 40. She has worked at Johns Hopkins since 1983. Though an oncology nurse, her primary faculty appointment was in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she was made a full professor in surgery and oncology in 2016.

The President of The Johns Hopkins University, Dean of the School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Board of Trustees appointed her to a faculty chair as a University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer. This is the first time in the history of the institution that a hospital nurse has been appointed to a distinguished service designation, and also the first nurse to climb to the top of the physician’s academic ladder.

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Terry Langbaum, M.A.S.

Terry Langbaum, M.A.S., worked at Johns Hopkins for more than 40 years. From 2001 to 2017, Terry served as the chief administrative officer of the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. During this time, she worked with Lillie Shockney on cancer survivorship initiatives, and together they developed Work Stride to help Johns Hopkins employees who had been diagnosed with cancer, using her own experience as a cancer patient to support and guide others. The Work Stride program has been recognized as a best practice for cancer care by external organizations, including the Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. By 2016, Terry and Lillie had developed the program for use by companies outside of Johns Hopkins. Today, Work Stride is being offered as an employee benefit by corporations across the country. After a valiant battle with cancer, Terry Langbaum passed away in 2019. Her legacy lives on in the many lives she touched over her life and career, and within the Work Stride program.