Announcing the 2019 80% by 2018 National Achievement Awards Honorees
Please join us in congratulating the 2019 80% by 2018 National Achievement Award Honorees!
The 80% by 2018 National Achievement Awards is a program designed to recognize individuals and organizations who are dedicating their time, talent and expertise to advancing needed initiatives that support the shared goal to regularly screen 80% of adults 50 and over for colorectal cancer. Read more about the awards program.
Grand Prize Winner: NOELA Community Health Center
Category: Community Health Center
NOELA Community Health Center, a nationally recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home, provides comprehensive primary and preventive health care services to improve the health and wellness of the underserved communities in and around the New Orleans East area. After transitioning to a new electronic health record, in 2012, the year that colorectal cancer screening became a reportable measure for community health centers, NOELA CHC discovered that their screening rate was 3%. The health center then committed to making colorectal cancer screening a top priority for the organization and subsequently pledged to reach an 80% screening rate among their patient population. Since then, NOELA CHC has implemented a number of evidence-based systems changes to improve quality colorectal cancer screening, including patient navigation; patient and provider reminders, practice assessment and feedback; improved data analysis and reporting; and reduced colonoscopy wait times through an Open Access Endoscopy agreement with two area hospitals. As a result, NOELA CHC reached an 80% screening rate in November 2018, achieving the 80% by 2018 goal and dramatically improving access to quality preventative care for the community they serve.