Steps For Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: A Manual For Community Health Centers

Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: A Manual for Community Health Centers – September 11, 2014

This webinar introduced the new resource, Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: A Manual for Community Health Centers.


  • Richard Wender, MD, American Cancer Society
  • Mary Doroshenk, MA, NCCRT
  • Maria Syl D. del la Cruz, MD, Thomas Jefferson University

Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: A Manual for Community Health Centers

This manual provides step-by-step instructions to help community health centers implement processes that will reduce physician workload and increase colorectal cancer screening. Important topics, such as conducting baseline screening rates, assessing capacity and preparing your team are covered. The goal of this manual is to offer practical advice for implementing expert-endorsed recommendations one step at a time.

The manual is organized into three primary sections: 1) An Introduction that provides information on the importance of colorectal cancer screening; 2) Steps to Increase Cancer Screening Rates, which maps out a plan for improving your screening rates and gives step by step instructions for doing so; and 3) The Appendices, which provides field-tested tools, templates, and resources to get you started.

We suggest that you use the manual in segments, focusing on the three or four pages of information you need at a time, and make good use of the appendices, which have several templates, tools, and resources to save you time.

If you use the live links throughout the manual, you can get back to where you were by pressing “Alt+Left Arrow” on a PC or “Command+Left Arrow” on a Mac.

View the September 11, 2014 webinar introducing the new manual.

The manual serves as a supplement to the existing How to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in Practice: A Primary Care Clinician’s Evidenced based Toolbox and Guide.

Note: The NCCRT issued a request for proposals to update, revise, and modernize this signature NCCRT resource in July 2020. We expect to release the updated manual in late 2020 or early 2021. 

Coverage of Medicaid Preventive Services for Adults – A National Review

The NCCRT partnered with ACS CAN and the American Heart Association to commission researchers at George Washington University to determine state by state Medicaid coverage around USPSTF-recommended preventive services, including colorectal cancer screening.

While some research has been published examining Medicaid coverage of select preventive services, there has not been a comprehensive look at state-level Medicaid coverage of preventive services for adults. This study is intended to provide a better understanding of Medicaid coverage of preventive services for adults in the current state programs and inform state policy makers as they consider the level of preventive benefits and services to offer should they expand Medicaid in 2014.

The report was also the basis of a Health Affairs article that was published in July of 2013.  The article abstract can be accessed here.