CRC News – Week of January 22, 2018

The following email news update was shared with NCCRT members and partners on Friday, January 26th, 2018. Sign up to subscribe to our regular email updates

Registration is Open – NCCRT Webinar, Tuesday, Jan. 30th at 1:00pm ET: How to Assure Follow Up Colonoscopy for Positive FIT from the Process Side

Join us on Tuesday, January 30th at 1:00pm ET for an NCCRT webinar: How to Assure Follow Up Colonoscopy for Positive FIT from the Process Side. This is a repeat of one of our most highly rated workshops from the NCCRT meeting last month. The purpose of the webinar is to review evidence and processes to help ensure that patients obtain a follow-up colonoscopy after a positive test result. The webinar will feature: Kevin Selby, MD, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research; Amanda Petrik, MS, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research; Frank Colangelo, MD, FACP, Premier Medical Associates; and Jason A. Dominitz, MD, MHS, FASGE, AGAF, Department of Veterans Affairs. Registration is now open.

The webinar is open to NCCRT members, 80% by 2018 partners, CDC grantees, ACS Health Systems and Communications staff, and new partners interested in getting engaged in colorectal cancer screening efforts.

(Note:  This webinar will not address access issues. For advice on securing access to colonoscopy, check out our webinars on Links of Care from 2017 and 2015. For more general guidance on implementing FIT screening programs, view this webinar or check out our new resource on stool based testing).

Welcome to New NCCRT Members!

We are pleased to announce the addition of five new NCCRT member organizations: The Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center, which will be represented by Electra Paskett; UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, represented by Michael Potter; Strides for Life Colon Cancer Foundation, represented by Bridget Mannix; the Iowa Department of Public Health, represented by Victoria Brenton; and the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program – Screen for Life WI, represented by Allison Antoine. We are also pleased to welcome two new corporate associates, Eiken Chemical Co., Ltd., which will be represented by KazuyukiI Nagao; and Quidel Corporation, represented by Deirdre Cross. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to these new NCCRT Members!

Reminder: Don’t Forget to Mark Your Calendars – Thursday, March 8th 4:00pm Eastern/1:00pm Pacific – for a Live Broadcast! 

We will be hosting a live broadcast from the “Blue Carpet” in Los Angeles to celebrate the start of March on Thursday, March 8th at 4:00pm ET/1:00pm Pacific. The theme this March is Colorectal Cancer Screening Coast to Coast: Driving to 80%. We are partnering with Fight CRC, the American Cancer Society, the Mayo Clinic, Exact Sciences, UPS, and others to leverage the voices of celebrities, survivors, and experts to educate people about colorectal cancer and the life-saving importance of screening. Join us, as we feature Actor Luke Perry, Country Singer Craig Campbell, and many others who will speak from the heart about their connection to this disease and the importance of screening.

How can you be a part of CRCCoast2Coast?

  • If you are in the Los Angeles area, join us! Register by February 20th. Space is limited.
  • Send us your colorectal cancer screening PSAs for possible airing during the broadcast. Email them to mdoroshenk@cancer.org with “CRC PSA” in the subject line. The format we need is: H264 (usually .mov) or MP4 1920×1080. (Due to size, you will likely need to send through dropbox or other file sharing service).
  • Not going to be in LA? Plan on viewing the event, sharing on social media, or hosting a watch party. Post pictures and videos on Twitter or Instagram using #80by2018 or #CRCcoast2coast. Visit this website to learn more and for updates: http://crccoast2coast.org/
  • Those of you in the DC area can join us later in the month on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on March 20th as Fight CRC, ACS CAN and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) map out the road to 80% screened and beyond from Capitol Hill! (Part of Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Call-on Congress.) Register to join us.

Tell Us What You Are Doing this March

We want to feature your events that are helping to advance screening or raise awareness throughout the month of March!

  • Are you hosting an awareness event, gathering partners for a roundtable meeting or turning your city blue? Let us know! We’ll add you to our map on http://crccoast2coast.org/
  • Post pictures and videos from a screening event you host on social media. Post on Twitter or Instagram using #80by2018 or #CRCcoast2coast
  • Share a :30 second video about your 80% by 2018 successes on YouTube. Email the link to NCCRT@cancer.org with “80% by 2018 Success” in the subject line. View this video from the OSU PACE program, featuring Dr. Darrell Gray as an example.

CRC News – Week of January 15, 2018

The following email news update was shared with NCCRT members and partners on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018. Sign up to subscribe to our regular email updates

Happy New Year!  We can’t believe that it’s actually 2018.  We have lots of news to share, as we start what we hope will be a great year!

Mark Your Calendars – Thursday, March 8th 4:00pm Eastern/1:00pm Pacific – for a Live Broadcast! 

As we announced at the NCCRT meeting, we will be hosting a live broadcast from the “Blue Carpet” in Los Angeles to celebrate the start of March on Thursday, March 8th at 4:00pm ET/1:00pm Pacific. The theme this March is Colorectal Cancer Screening Coast to Coast: Driving to 80%. We are partnering with Fight CRC, the American Cancer Society, the Mayo Clinic, Exact Sciences, UPS, and others to leverage the voices of celebrities, survivors, and experts to educate people about colorectal cancer and the life-saving importance of screening. Join us, as we feature Actor Luke Perry, Country Singer Craig Campbell, and many others who will speak from the heart about their connection to this disease and the importance of screening.

How can you be a part of CRCCoast2Coast?

  • If you are in the Los Angeles area, join us! Register by February 20th. Space is limited.
  • Send us your colorectal cancer screening PSAs for possible airing during the broadcast. Email them to mdoroshenk@cancer.org with “CRC PSA” in the subject line. The format we need is: H264 (usually .mov) or MP4 1920×1080. (Due to size, you will likely need to send through dropbox or other file sharing service).
  • Not going to be in LA?  Plan on viewing the event, sharing on social media, or hosting a watch party. Post pictures and videos on Twitter or Instagram using #80by2018 or #CRCcoast2coast. Visit the website to learn more and for updates.
  • Those of you in the DC area can join us later in the month on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on March 20th as Fight CRC, ACS CAN and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) map out the road to 80% screened and beyond from Capitol Hill! (Part of Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Call-on Congress.) Register to join us.

Tell Us What You Are Doing this March

We want to feature your events that are helping to advance screening or raise awareness throughout the month of March!

  • Are you hosting an awareness event, gathering partners for a roundtable meeting or turning your city blue? Let us know! We’ll add you to our map on the CRCcoast2coast website.
  • Post pictures and videos from a screening event you host on social media. Post on Twitter or Instagram using #80by2018 or #CRCcoast2coast
  • Share a :30 second video about your 80% by 2018 successes on YouTube. Email the link to NCCRT@cancer.org with “80% by 2018 Success” in the subject line. View this video from the OSU PACE program, featuring Dr. Darrell Gray as an example.

Save the Date – NCCRT Webinar, Tuesday, Jan. 30th at 1:00pm ET: How to Assure Follow Up Colonoscopy for Positive FIT from the Process Side

On Jan. 30th at 1:00pm ET, the NCCRT will be hosting a webinar on How to Assure Follow Up Colonoscopy for Positive FIT from the Process Side.  This is a repeat of one of our most highly rated workshops from the NCCRT meeting last month.  The purpose of the workshop is to review evidence and processes to help ensure that patients obtain a follow-up colonoscopy after a positive test result.  The webinar will feature: Kevin Selby, MD, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research; Amanda Petrik, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research; Frank Colangelo, MD, FACP, Premier Medical Associates; and Jason A. Dominitz, MD, MHS, FASGE, AGAF Department of Veterans Affairs. The webinar is open to NCCRT members, 80% by 2018 partners, CDC grantees, ACS Health Systems and Communications staff, and new partners interested in getting engaged in colorectal cancer screening efforts.

(Note:  This webinar will not address access issues.  For advice on securing access to colonoscopy, check out our webinars on Links of Care from 2017 and 2015.  For more general guidance on implementing FIT screening programs, view this webinar or check out our new resource on stool based testing).

New Blog with NCCRT Annual Meeting Highlights

A new 80% by 2018 Blog is now live, featuring highlights from last month’s NCCRT Annual Meeting:  http://nccrt.org/80by2018Blog  Also, many slide sets from the NCCRT annual meeting are now posted and can be found beneath the presenter’s name in the “At a Glance” agenda.

If you or your colleagues would like to share the blog on social media, you are welcome to use our shortened URL (http://ow.ly/WL2dI) and/or to retweet/repost the messages we are sharing through @NCCRTnews and facebook.com/coloncancerroundtable.

NCI Pre-Application Webinar Tomorrow, Jan. 18th at 1:00pm ET on Funding Announcement: Follow-up to Abnormal Screening Tests [PA-17-495]

An NCI webinar will be held tomorrow, Wed., January 18th at 1:00pm ET to provide an overview of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), Multilevel Interventions in Cancer Care Delivery: Follow-up to Abnormal Screening Tests (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) [PA-17-495].  This FOA encourages applications that develop and test multilevel interventions to improve follow-up to abnormal screening tests for breast, cervical, colorectal, or lung cancers.  You are encouraged to submit questions in advance so that NCI can review and address them during the webinar. The intended audience is extramural investigators at junior, mid-, and senior levels.  Click here to register.

Submit Your Poster Abstracts Now for the 2018 Dialogue for Action® Meeting – Deadline, Friday, January 19th at 5:00pm ET

The Prevent Cancer Foundation has issued a call for poster abstracts to be featured at this April’s Dialogue for Action meeting.  Submit your poster abstract to share your successful and innovative clinical practice or public health program to improve cancer screening or prevention in your community. This is an opportunity to present your work to others and exchange ideas to better serve our communities and workplaces. Poster abstracts are due by this Friday, January 19 at 5 p.m. ET.  Contact Ann.Mallari@preventcancer.org with any questions.  Submit your abstracts here.

Registration for the Dialogue is now open and will be held on April 11th, 12th and 13th in McLean, VA.

Call for 80% by 2018 Manuscripts – Deadline Extended to March 15th, 2018

The American Journal of Gastroenterology has issued a call for manuscripts for their upcoming special issue, “80% by 2018 Colorectal Cancer Initiative:  Did We Make It?”  As you all know, in 2014, we proposed an ambitious national goal to screen 80% of all eligible U.S. adults for colorectal cancer (CRC) by 2018. Well, 2018 is here. Did we make it? Where did we succeed and what can we still improve? The American Journal of Gastroenterology requests your original research and insightful reviews about the current state of colorectal cancer screening and prevention.  The manuscript deadline is March 15th, 2018.  View this flyer for more information.

New Journal Article on the Value Of Waiving Coinsurance For Colorectal Cancer Screening In Medicare Beneficiaries

A journal article that appeared in Health Affairs last month explored the value of waiving coinsurance for CRC screening for Medicare beneficiaries.  The study used a microsimulation model to estimate both costs and deaths prevented that would result from waiving the coinsurance. Congratulations to study authors and NCCRT friends Reinier Meester, Chyke Doubeni, Stoney Anderson, Frank Berger, and Ann G. Zauber, as well as to the other authors!  Many thanks to Stacey Fedewa, Joel Brill, and Ann Zauber for sending us this article.

NCCRT Member Sue Lagarde in the News Speaking about the Fiscal Cliff

The Harford Business Journal interviewed NCCRT Member Dr. Sue Lagarde, CEO of Fair Haven Community Health Care, about the “fiscal cliff” and the tremendous financial uncertainty health centers are facing right now nationwide.  View the article here.  Congratulations to Dr. Lagarde for bringing awareness to this important issue.

Cook County CARES Program Featured in Healthy People 2020 Stories from the Field Blog

The Cook County CARES program and NCCRT Member Dr. Karen Kim were featured in the Healthy People 2020 Stories from the Field, a blog series highlighting communities across the nation that are addressing the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs), for their work increasing colorectal cancer screening rates in Illinois.  Click here to visit the blog and learn more about this impressive program. Congratulations to Dr. Kim and her colleagues, and thank you to Dorry Lane for flagging this blog for us.

Save the Date for the 3rd Annual Southeast Colorectal Cancer Consortium in New Orleans

The SE Consortium Planning Committee is hard at work planning the 3rd Annual Southeast Colorectal Cancer Consortium in New Orleans.   Registration is not yet open, but please save the date for the 2018 Consortium, which will be held on June 27th through 29th at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans.  Best practices will be shared and topics include: What is happening around the nation, and the Southeast with regard to colorectal cancer? What is the role of health Insurers and large medical systems? How can primary care physicians and gastroenterologists help? What is the responsibility of public health professionals? What kinds of data should be collected, how can it be gathered, and how can it be used to motivate?

Thank you again, and Happy 2018!

2017 Annual Meeting Highlights

January 9, 2018 – Authors: The NCCRT Team

Happy new year everyone! As we embark on 2018, we want to take the time to reflect on highlights from NCCRT’s 2017 Annual Meeting, which took place December 6-8, 2017 in Bethesda, MD. During the annual meeting of the NCCRT membership, a collaboration of more than 100 medical, advocacy, government, and corporate organizations focused on delivering quality colorectal cancer screening for those for whom screening is appropriate, meeting attendees conduct strategic planning to advance shared NCCRT goals, while also highlighting the latest knowledge in colorectal cancer screening practice, research, and policy.

The themes of urgency and success were constant throughout the two and a half days, with added focus on determining how to ramp up our efforts to reach 80% of adults ages 50 or older screened regularly for colorectal cancer. The meeting featured presentations by nationally known experts, thought leaders, and decision makers on colorectal cancer screening policy and delivery, with ample opportunity to network and learn from fellow attendees. Additionally, pre-conference activity included an all-day strategy session to address the alarming increase in incidence of early onset colorectal cancers, a growing concern for public health leaders.

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Other meeting highlights included the opening keynote from Rich Wender, MD, NCCRT chair and the chief cancer control officer at the American Cancer Society, in which he reflected on our progress and challenges in meeting the 80% by 2018 goal; an inspiring call to infuse urgency into our efforts from Erica Sutton, MD, FACS, founder/president, Surgery on Sunday Louisville, Inc.; and a moving reflection on the role that survivors can play in advocacy efforts from Julienne Gede Edwards, stage IV colorectal cancer survivor and grassroots advocacy manager, Fight Colorectal Cancer. Plus, in the great tradition of the 80% by 2018 effort, NCCRT members sang the latest colorectal cancer song, “Eighty,” to the tune of “Hey Jude.”

The meeting was made possible by the generous support of 22 sponsors who contributed more than $75,350 in sponsorships, surpassing our goal of raising $60,000. The National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance and the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation contributed an additional $20,000 to support the early onset strategy meeting, bringing the total raised to $95,350 overall.

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Find additional highlights on Twitter using the hashtag #NCCRT2017 and visit the 2017 NCCRT Annual Meeting webpage to view the agenda, including links to many of the presentations. A report on the strategy session on early onset colorectal cancers will be made available in the coming months.

Thank you to all of our members and partners for sharing your energy and passion with us at the meeting and throughout 2017. We’re inspired by the incredible work that you’ve accomplished, and will reflect back on all that we learned as we ramp up our efforts to reach 80% in 2018.

Happy new year from the NCCRT team!

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CRC News – Week of December 11, 2017

The following email news update was shared with NCCRT members and partners on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017. Sign up to subscribe to our regular email updates

Call for Nominations for the 2018 Cancer Prevention Laurel Awards
The NCCRT is pleased to join the Prevent Cancer Foundation as co-sponsors of their prestigious Laurel awards program. You are invited to nominate individuals whom you believe deserve this recognition. Awards will be made in these categories to recognize work in any area of cancer prevention or early detection:

  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for National Leadership: Awarded to an individual who has shown exemplary leadership in cancer prevention or early detection at the national level in the U.S.
  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for Increasing Health Equity: Awarded to an individual or organization for programs or innovations improving cancer prevention and screening in communities in the U.S. affected by health disparities.
  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for Dedication to Community Service: Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated unwavering commitment to enhancing cancer prevention or early detection on the community level in the U.S.

You may make one or more nominations; however, you may nominate someone for only one award category and may make only one nomination per award category. Provide a letter for each nomination describing why the nominee should be recognized with a particular award and include a short biographical sketch (no CVs, please). Submit your nominations by COB on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Han at lisa.han@preventcancer.org or (703)837-3682. Additionally, please mark April 11-13, 2018 for the annual Dialogue for Action meeting. For more about the Laurels awards and the Dialogue, visit www.dialogueforaction.org.

Replay of NCCRT Webinar on CRC Screening in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
The replay of the November 28th, Colorectal Cancer Screening In American Indian and Alaska Native Communities NCCRT webinar can be found here: http://nccrt.org/resource/crc-screening-aian-communities-11-28-2017/  Additionally, here is a link to the newly published report, Meeting Report: Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening for American Indians and Alaska Natives, which summarizes the presentations, discussions, and strategic planning that took place during the American Cancer Society and NCCRT co-sponsored meeting to discuss increasing CRC screening in AI/AN communities on April 25th, 2016. The report reviews much of the data and statistics on colorectal cancer incidence, mortality, and screening rates in AI/AN populations that was shared on the webinar, including sources. The NCCRT and the ACS would like to thank the many individuals who generously offered their time and expertise in planning the meeting agenda, participating in the meeting, and in developing this meeting report, and especially Emily Bell for all her work getting this report finalized.

Replay of ACS Webinar on Employer Strategies to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening
A replay of the November 30th ACS webinar on how employers can impact their employees’ health through colorectal cancer screening interventions can be found here. The webinar reviews steps employers can take to increase screening rates at their company and then featured three corporate partners who have implemented effective strategies, including Ameren, AT&T, and Progressive Insurance.  Thank you to Shelley MacAllister and Alex Boehm for their roles in making this webinar happen.

Largest-ever VA clinical trial enrolls 50,000th Veteran
A Veterans Affairs (VA) clinical trial that aims to learn which test is best for colorectal cancer screening enrolled its 50,000th veteran volunteer participant on Nov. 16th. The trial is now by far the largest single VA clinical trial in history. The colorectal cancer trial, launched in 2012, is known by the name CONFIRM, short for “Colonoscopy versus Fecal Immunochemical Testing in Reducing Mortality from Colorectal Cancer.” Recruitment was ongoing at nearly 50 VA sites. With the enrollment of the 50,000th volunteer, that phase of the study is now complete.  CONFIRM will compare the outcomes of two widely recommended colorectal cancer screening methods.  Congratulations to NCCRT Member Dr. Jason Dominitz, co-chair of the CONFIRM study and VA’s national program director for gastroenterology, as well as the other VA leaders who made this happen.  Read this article to learn more.

Save the Date for the 3rd Annual Southeast Colorectal Cancer Consortium in New Orleans
The SE Consortium Planning Committee is hard at work planning the 3rd Annual Southeast Colorectal Cancer Consortium in New Orleans.   Registration is not yet open, but please save the date for the 2018 Consortium, which will be held on June 27th through 29th at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans.  Best practices will be shared and topics include: What is happening around the nation, and the Southeast with regard to colorectal cancer? What is the role of health Insurers and large medical systems? How can primary care physicians and gastroenterologists help? What is the responsibility of public health professionals? What kinds of data should be collected, how can it be gathered, and how can it be used to motivate?

Save the date – March 27th Early Onset Twitter Chat
Mark Tuesday, March 27, at 1 p.m. ET on your calendars when the Colon Cancer Coalition and the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation (CCCF) will co-host an early onset Twitter Chat. This Twitter Chat is in advance of the CCCF’s Early Age Onset Summit held in NYC in April. The hope is to engage survivors, providers, caregivers, and non-profit organizations together for a conversation around young onset colorectal cancer.  Anyone involved in early onset colorectal cancer and can join the discussion and be a part of an active conversation about the rising rates of colon and rectal cancer in people under the recommended screening age of 50.  Please mark your calendar and feel free to share with your networks.

Relevant Journal Articles

Here are recent relevant articles that may be of interest:

  • A study appeared in Gastroenterology that looked at genetic features of young individuals with colorectal cancer.  The study found that approximately 1 in 5 individuals diagnosed with CRC at age younger than 50 years carry a germline mutation associated with cancer; nearly half of these do not have clinical histories typically associated with the identified syndrome. The article concludes that germline testing with multigene cancer panels should be considered for all young patients with CRC.  The following news story covering this article may be of interest.   Thank you to Kathleen Lobb for bringing this article to our attention, and congratulations to the study authors.
  • A study appeared in the Preventive Medicine that estimated the health benefits and cost-savings for achieving the Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) objective of reducing invasive colorectal cancer.  The study found that achieving the HP2020 objective of reducing invasive CRC incidence by 15% by year 2020 would potentially save nearly 150,000 life-years and $624 million on healthcare costs.  Thank you to Dorry Lane for bringing this article to our attention, and congratulations to the study authors.
  • A new CDC study appeared in the journal Cancer that examined colorectal cancer survival trends by race and stage. Five-year net survival from colon cancer increased slightly over time. Survival among blacks diagnosed between 2004 and 2009 had still not reached the level of that among whites diagnosed between 1990 and 1994, some 15 to 20 years earlier. The article concludes that the findings suggest a need for more targeted efforts to improve screening and to ensure timely, appropriate treatment, especially for blacks, to reduce this large and persistent disparity in survival.  Thank you to Lisa Richardson and Emily Bell for bringing this article to our attention.  Congratulations to study author, Djenaba Joseph, as well as to the other authors.

Thank you!
Finally, thank you to all of our NCCRT members who made it out to the NCCRT Meeting this past week! We always learn so much from you and enjoyed our incredible two and a half days together. Thank you again to all our meeting sponsors with special thanks to our Gold Level Sponsors:  the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, Bracco Diagnostics, Polymedco and Exact Sciences.  We set a goal of raising $60,000 in meeting support, but ended up raising over $75,000.  Thank you!  This support allows us to keep the meeting free for all of you.  Additional thanks to EIF’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance and Katie Couric, as well as to the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation for their generous sponsorship of our December 6th Colorectal Cancer Early Onset Summit.

CRC News – Week of November 27, 2017

The following email news update was shared with NCCRT members and partners on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017. Sign up to subscribe to our regular email updates

Webinar Today, November 28th on Colorectal Cancer Screening in American Indian & Alaska Native Communities
Join us today at 2:00pm ET for an NCCRT webinar, in which we will explore CRC screening in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the NCCRT and ACS’s April 2016 summit on CRC and AI/AN communities and describe ACS’s recent grants to increase screening for AI/AN-serving primary care clinics. We will also hear from two AI/AN-serving organizations that are implementing innovative strategies to increase CRC screening in the communities they serve. Speakers will include: Laura Makaroff of ACS, Jessica Deaton of the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, and Richard Mousseau of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board. Registration is now open.

The webinar is open to NCCRT members, 80% by 2018 partners, CDC grantees, ACS Health Systems and Communications staff, and new partners interested in getting engaged in colorectal cancer screening efforts. You must be registered to join the webinar.

Join ACS on Thursday, November 30th Webinar on Employer Strategies to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening
Join us on Thursday, November 30th at 2:00pm ET for an ACS webinar on how employers can impact their employees’ health through colorectal cancer screening interventions. The webinar will begin with a brief introduction to steps employers can take to increase screening rates at their company and then feature three corporate partners who have implemented effective strategies. Speakers will include presenters from Ameren, AT&T, and Progressive Insurance. Advance registration is not required. Save the date and follow this link to join the webinar via Webex on November 30th.

The webinar is open to ACS staff, NCCRT members, 80% by 2018 partners, CDC grantees, and new partners interested in getting engaged in colorectal cancer screening efforts.

Nominations for the 80% by 2018 National Achievement Awards Are Open!
The NCCRT is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2018 80% by 2018 National Achievement Awards, a competitive recognition program that seeks to highlight 80% by 2018 success stories by recognizing individuals and organizations who are dedicating their time, talent and expertise to advancing the shared goal to regularly screen 80% of adults 50 and over by 2018.

Of course, we welcome nominations of partners who have reached 80%, but we are also looking to recognize systems who are seeing noted improvements in baseline screening rates or recognize individual champions who have made a difference through leadership or other means. Visit the 80% by 2018 National Achievement Awards webpage to learn about contest rules, prizes and recognition, and to submit your nomination. The top nominee will receive a $3,000 donation to support their efforts (see the website for details and exceptions). Watch this video from Dr. Wender to learn more.

The nominations deadline is December 11th, 2017. Visit www.nccrt.org/awards to learn more and submit your nomination (or self-nomination) today!

Action Needed:  2017 NCCRT Task Group Webinars Replays
As a reminder, those attending the task group meetings at the 2017 Annual Meeting are required to view a short webinar to bring you up to speed on the task group you will be attending. The webinar replays are listed below for your convenience. This new requirement is in response to last year’s annual meeting evaluation, in which attendees felt there was not enough time in the task groups for discussion. These webinars are intended to briefly bring you up to speed about the work of the task group you will be attending, in order to allow more time for discussion.

And thank you to all NCCRT task group chairs and members who have participated in these webinars!   We have thoroughly enjoyed the discussion, as well as the engagement and enthusiasm.  Also, if you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting, these webinars serve as a great way to learn about the current and ongoing projects of the NCCRT and find opportunities for participation in task group activities. Please send any questions, comments, or feedback to caleb.levell@cancer.org.

NCCRT Annual Meeting Workshop Selection Due by December 1st, 2017
For those of you coming to the NCCRT Annual Meeting next week, we have many great choices for workshops at this year’s meeting of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. During the workshops, members have an opportunity to learn about new tools, resources and emerging trends. To accommodate everyone at this year’s meeting, please take a moment to select your top choices for workshops by 5:00 PM ET Friday, December 1st.

If you do not make any selections, selections will be made for you. If you are not coming to the NCCRT meeting, no action is needed.  Many thanks to those of you who have already made your selections!

NCCRT Member Organizational Reports are Due December 1st, 2017
It’s that time of year!  We know our members are doing great work, and we want to hear about it!  In preparation for this year’s annual meeting of the NCCRT, members are requested to provide a brief summary of organizational activities focused on colorectal cancer screening since the last NCCRT meeting.  New this year, we will be posting the reports to nccrt.org (with your permission), so please plan accordingly.  We will only be accepting forms through the online form, but please let us know if you would like a Word copy to help organize your response.  Only one response is needed per organization, so please coordinate with your colleagues who are also active in the NCCRT.

These reports will be shared with all members to allow us to see activities underway that contribute to our shared life-saving mission. Please fill out the report online no later than close of business Friday, December 1st.

NCCRT Recognizes National Family Health History Day with New Blog
The NCCRT Family History and Early Age Onset Task Group co-chairs, Drs. Dennis Ahnen and Paul Schroy, recognized National Family Health History Day on the 80% by 2018 Blog this past Thanksgiving. The U.S. Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving as National Family Health History Day since 2004, and the NCCRT joined this initiative to encourage everyone to take time to discuss and document our colorectal cancer family history. In addition to the blog, the NCCRT participated in the #FamilyHealthHistory Thunderclap on Twitter.

Our family’s history of colorectal cancer and screening has important implications about our own disease risks and can substantially change screening recommendations. We encourage the practice of talking about family health history and then sharing what is learn with healthcare providers to better prevent, predict, and treat any potential disease. While National Family Health History Day was this past Thanksgiving, this blog post includes information and resources useful for sharing throughout the holiday season as families are gathering.

Clarification from CMS on Coverage for Anesthesia Services Furnished in Conjunction with Colonoscopy
CMS has issued a clarification that for anesthesia services furnished in conjunction with a screening colonoscopy, Medicare will waive both the deductible and copay, when coded according to CMS guidance, starting January 1, 2018.  Unfortunately, if the screening colonoscopy becomes a diagnostic colonoscopy, according to their definition, only the deductible will be waived for the anesthesia services. See this brief for specific details.    Many thanks to Dr. Joel Brill for bringing this to our attention.

New Messages From the Colon Cancer Coalition Urging Young People Not to Ignore Symptoms
The Colon Cancer Coalition has launched an effort to educate adults under 50 about the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer. Now through January 15, 2018, the symptoms of colorectal cancer are being highlighted in Times Square, New York City.  The video message proclaims: BLOOD IN YOUR STOOL, Not Normal. UNEXPLAINED WEIGHT LOSS, Not Normal. Don’t Ignore Colon Cancer Symptoms.  Visit this link for more information. Thank you to Becky Siegel for bringing this to our attention.  Congratulations to the Colon Cancer Coalition for their work on this effort.

Dak Prescott PSA
With football season upon us, you may want to link to this PSA from Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott.  Dak knows how it feels to lose to #coloncancer. It took his mom in 2013.  His message for you: Get Screened. It could save your life. #AttackingCancer  Many thanks to the 70 by 20 Coalition, Mississippi State University and the American Cancer Society for their work on this video.

Relevant Journal Articles

Here is a recent relevant article that may be of interest:

  • A CDC study appeared in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that examined cancer screenings, including colorectal cancer screening, among U.S. adults by health insurance status.  Compared with adequately insured adults, underinsured and never insured women were 3% and 47% less likely to receive colorectal cancer screening, respectively; underinsured and never insured men were 6% and 52% less likely to receive colorectal cancer screening, respectively. Compared with adults with employer-based insurance/Medicare (aged ≥65 years), women and men with self-purchased plans were less likely to receive colorectal cancer screening; however, men with other public insurance were more likely to receive colorectal cancer screening. Congratulations to the study authors on this publication.

CRC News – Week of November 13, 2017

The following email news update was shared with NCCRT members and partners on Friday, November 17th, 2017. Sign up to subscribe to our regular email updates

Registration is Open for Tuesday, November 28th Webinar on Colorectal Cancer Screening in American Indian & Alaska Native Communities

Join us on Tuesday, November 28th at 2:00pm ET for an NCCRT webinar, in which we will explore CRC screening in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the NCCRT and ACS’s April 2016 summit on CRC and AI/AN communities and describe ACS’s recent grants to increase screening for AI/AN-serving primary care clinics. We will also hear from two AI/AN-serving organizations that are implementing innovative strategies to increase CRC screening in the communities they serve. Speakers will include: Laura Makaroff of ACS, Jessica Deaton of the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, and Richard Mousseau of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board. Registration is now open.

The webinar is open to NCCRT members, 80% by 2018 partners, CDC grantees, ACS Health Systems and Communications staff, and new partners interested in getting engaged in colorectal cancer screening efforts. You must be registered to join the webinar.

Today at 11:00am ET:  Learn More about NCI Funding Opportunities: Accelerating Colorectal Cancer Screening and follow-up through Implementation Science

As we previously shared, NCI has released two companion funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) associated with the Beau Biden Cancer MoonshotSM Initiative intended to accelerate cancer research:

(1) Accelerating Colorectal Cancer Screening and follow-up through Implementation Science (ACCSIS) (UG3/UH3) [RFA-CA-17-038] and

(2) Accelerating Colorectal Cancer Screening and follow-up through Implementation Science (ACCSIS) Coordinating Center (U24) [RFA-CA-17-039]. 

The FOA will promote research in colorectal cancer (CRC) screening, follow-up, and referral-to-care among target populations for whom screening rates are below national standards. This research will provide an evidence base for multilevel interventions that increase rates of CRC screening, follow-up, and referral-to-care, and best practices for how multilevel interventions can be scaled-up to reduce the burden of colorectal cancer on the United States (U.S.) population.

A pre-application webinar is scheduled for today, Friday, November 17th at 11:00am ET. Registration is requiredApplication Due Date: January 18, 2018 by 5:00pm local time of applicant organization. Many thanks to Sarah Shafir for bringing this webinar to our attention!

Tell us What you Think About 80% by 2018

The NCCRT has launched a brief survey to get advice on where the 80% by 2018 colorectal cancer screening initiative goes from here.  As we move into 2018, we are as committed as ever to acting with urgency to do what it takes to achieve an 80% colorectal cancer screening rate.  To help us reach our goals, we need your help!  We’d like your thoughts and input on the initiative and your recommendations for where to go from here. To take the survey, visit the NCCRT Beyond 2018 FAQ web page and click on the orange button.

Let us know what you think – and please encourage your partners and colleagues to do the same. The survey will close on Monday, Nov. 27.

Welcome to New NCCRT Members!

We are pleased to announce the addition of three new NCCRT Member organizations: Montana Primary Care Association, which will be represented by Courtney Buys; HeathPartners, which will be represented by Anne Book; and the American Association of Medical Assistants, which will be represented by Donald Balasa and Deborah Novak.  Please join me in extending a warm welcome to these new NCCRT Members!

New Resource on Coalition Branding from the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partners:

A new resource on Cancer Coalition Identity and Branding from the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership is now available.  This brief is designed to present actions that can be taken by a cancer coalition to garner the attention and support of the public.  The brief provides guidance in developing a unique identity, creating a strong brand, and preparing clear marketing messages.  Embedded within the document is a link to a related webinar.   Congratulations to Lorrie Graaf and Sarah Shafir for their work on this new resource!

Call for 80% by 2018 Manuscripts!

The American Journal of Gastroenterology has issued a call for manuscripts for their upcoming special issue, “80% by 2018 Colorectal Cancer Initiative:  Did We Make It?”  As you all know, in 2014, we proposed an ambitious national goal to screen 80% of all eligible U.S. adults for colorectal cancer (CRC) by 2018. Well, 2018 is just about here. Did we make it? Where did we succeed and what can we still improve? The American Journal of Gastroenterology requests your original research and insightful reviews about the current state of colorectal cancer screening and prevention.  The manuscript deadline is January 15th, 2018.  Visit this flyer for more information.

NCCRT Annual Meeting Invitations are Out!

By now, NCCRT members should have received a personalized invitation to this year’s NCCRT Annual Meeting, which will be held on Dec. 6th, 7th and 8th in Bethesda, MD at the DoubleTree Hilton.  The invitation should have arrived in an email from the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.  If you did not receive this invitation, please check your spam filter, and then email Dionne.Christopher@cancer.org.  You can review the 2017 NCCRT annual meeting agenda here.  Pre-conference activities, including the Task Group meetings, will occur on Dec. 6th.  Note that members are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs, but members are able to reserve a room in the rooming block during the registration process.  If you would like to request a room in the block, we suggest registering as soon as possible.   We look forward to seeing you there!

NCCRT Member Organizational Reports are Due December 1st, 2017

It’s that time of year!  We know our members are doing great work, and we want to hear about it!  In preparation for this year’s annual meeting of the NCCRT, members are requested to provide a brief summary of organizational activities focused on colorectal cancer screening since the last NCCRT meeting.  New this year, we will be posting the reports to nccrt.org (with your permission), so please plan accordingly.  We will only be accepting forms here, but please let us know if you would like a Word copy to help organize your response.  Only one response is needed per organization, so please coordinate with your colleagues who are also active in the NCCRT.

These reports will be shared with all members to allow us to see activities underway that contribute to our shared life-saving mission. Please fill out the report online no later than close of business Friday, December 1st.

Join ACS on Thursday, November 30th Webinar on Employer Strategies to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening

Join us on Thursday, November 30th at 2:00pm ET for an ACS webinar on how employers can impact their employees’ health through colorectal cancer screening interventions. The webinar will begin with a brief introduction to steps employers can take to increase screening rates at their company and then feature three corporate partners who have implemented effective strategies. Speakers will include presenters from Ameren, AT&T, and Progressive Insurance. Advance registration is not required. Save the date and follow this link to join the webinar via Webex on November 30th.

The webinar is open to ACS staff, NCCRT members, 80% by 2018 partners, CDC grantees, and new partners interested in getting engaged in colorectal cancer screening efforts.

Relevant Journal Articles

Here are recent relevant articles/studies that may be of interest:

  • A CDC study appeared in Preventive Medicine that estimates the health benefits and cost-savings for achieving the Healthy People 2020 objective of reducing invasive colorectal cancer.  Achieving the HP2020 objective of reducing invasive CRC incidence by 15% by year 2020 would potentially save nearly 150,000 life-years and $624 million on healthcare costs.  Congratulations to the study authors on this publication!
  • A study published in Gastroenterology, reinforces the importance of equitable health insurance coverage to mitigate the black-white survival disparity in colorectal cancer. For the study, investigators, focused on the impact of access to care on black-white survival disparity. They found the absolute 5-year survival difference between black and white CRC patients in the entire cohort was 9.2% (57.3% vs 66.5%). That difference was cut almost in half, to 4.9%, after matching for insurance status. Tumor characteristics also played a large role. The survival difference dropped to 2.3% after tumor characteristics matching.  Congratulations to the study authors for this important article.
  • Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) and the Cancer Research Institute (CRI), published A Blueprint to Advance Colorectal Cancer Immunotherapies in the November 2017 issue of the journal Cancer Immunology Research. Study authors propose a framework for research to identify immunologic factors that may be modulated to improve immunotherapy for CRC patients, with the goal that the biomarkers and treatment strategies identified will become part of the routine management of CRC.  Thank you to Danielle Burgess for bringing this article to our attention, and congratulations to our Fight CRC friends Andi Dwyer, Nancy Roach, Anjee Davis, Keavy McAbee, Sharyn Worrall, as well as to the other authors.
  • A new study, Comparing cancer screening estimates: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and National Health Interview Survey paper is now available in Preventive Medicine.  The paper states that each survey has a unique and important role in providing information to track cancer screening utilization among various populations, and that awareness of these differences and their potential causes is important when comparing the surveys and determining the best application for each data source.Thank you to Stacey Fedewa for sharing this article with us, and congratulations to NCCRT friends, Ann Goding, Becky Siegel, and Stacey Fedewa, as well as the other authors!

Colon Cancer Alliance is Now the Colorectal Cancer Alliance

NCCRT member, the Colon Cancer Alliance, has a new name: the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.  The name change reflects an intention to address the needs of those affected by colon and rectal cancer alike — to provide support services, to raise awareness of preventive measures, and to inspire efforts to fund critical research.  Visit their website for more information.

Awards and Honors

80% by 2018 Recognized by MM&M.  Our own Dr. Richard Wender received an award last month from Medical Marketing & Media for Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare for leading the national 80% by 2018 campaign. Here’s a link to learn more: http://www.mmm-online.com/mmm-awards/platinum-award-outstanding-contribution-to-healthcare-in-2017/article/696165/   Congratulations to Dr. Wender!

Award Winning Evaluation Team Recognized by CDC.  An evaluation team from CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control was given the 2017 award for “Best Evaluation, Peer Reviewed” at CDC in September. The team won for an evaluation of a patient navigation program that was pioneered by a Colorectal Cancer Control Program grantee, the New Hampshire Colorectal Cancer Screening Program (NHCRCSP). The multi-year evaluation showed that patients in the navigation program were, among other things, 11 times more likely than non-navigated patients to complete a colonoscopy. The team worked with NHCRCSP to write a manual showing other organizations how to put patient navigation in place for their screening programs.  Congratulations to Amy DeGroff and our other CDC friends for this outstanding recognition! Additionally, Lynn Butterly of NHCRCSP will be leading a workshop on the manual at the NCCRT meeting next month!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Many thanks to all of you for the good work you do!

CRC News – Week of October 30, 2017

The following email news update was shared with NCCRT members and partners on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017. Sign up to subscribe to our regular email updates

NCCRT Annual Meeting Invitations are Out!

Today, NCCRT members should have received a personalized invitation to this year’s NCCRT Annual Meeting, which will be held on Dec. 6th, 7th and 8th in Bethesda, MD at the DoubleTree Hilton. The invitation should have arrived in an email from the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. If you are an NCCRT member and you did not receive this invitation, please check your spam filter, and then email Dionne.Christopher@cancer.org. You can take a view the NCCRT annual meeting agenda here. Pre-conference activities, including the Task Group meetings, will occur on Dec. 6th. Note that members are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs, but members are able to reserve a room in the rooming block during the registration process. If you would like to request a room in the block, we suggest registering as soon as possible. Please note that while members are expected to cover the cost of their own travel, we do have a few travel scholarships available for those members for whom travel costs would prohibit them from attending the meeting. Please email mary.doroshenk@cancer.org for a scholarship application form, if needed. We look forward to seeing you there!

NCCRT Member Organizational Reports are Due December 1st, 2017

It’s that time of year! We know our NCCRT members are doing great work, and we want to hear about it! In preparation for this year’s annual meeting of the NCCRT, members are requested to provide a brief summary of organizational activities focused on colorectal cancer screening since the last NCCRT meeting. New this year, we will be posting the reports to nccrt.org (with your permission), so please plan accordingly. We will only be accepting forms through our online form, but please let us know if you would like a Word copy to help organize your response. Only one response is needed per organization, so please coordinate with your colleagues who are also active in the NCCRT.

These reports will be shared with all members to allow us to see activities underway that contribute to our shared life-saving mission. Please fill out the report online no later than close of business Friday, December 1st.

New Blog Interview with AT&T, 80% by 2018 Partner

A new 80% by 2018 Blog is now live, featuring the work of AT&T, one of the largest organizations to make a commitment to advancing our shared goal to regularly screen 80% of adults ages 50 and over. Learn about AT&T’s innovative approach to increasing colorectal cancer awareness and screening among employees, including the important role of employee work groups and leadership, and how they were able to work with their health plan to track their screening rates. Special thanks to Ben Jackson and Monica Shadden of AT&T for sharing their incredible work with us, and to their ACS staff partner Steven Lange, who supported their work.

If you or your colleagues would like to share on social media, you are welcome to use our shortened URL (http://ow.ly/WL2dI) and/or to retweet/repost the messages we are sharing through @NCCRTnews and facebook.com/coloncancerroundtable.

Newly Updated Brief: What Can Employers Do To Advance the 80% Screening Goal?

Also published today is a new update to our brief on what employers can do to advance the 80% screening goal. Special thanks to Jessica Berger, Durado Brooks, Noel Huebner, Shelley MacAllister, Sarah Shafir, Gregg Walker, and Tracy Wiedt for their feedback on this new resource.

NCI Funding Opportunities: Accelerating Colorectal Cancer Screening and follow-up through Implementation Science (ACCSIS)

NCI has released two companion funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) associated with the Beau Biden Cancer MoonshotSM Initiative intended to accelerate cancer research:

  • Accelerating Colorectal Cancer Screening and follow-up through Implementation Science (ACCSIS) (UG3/UH3) [RFA-CA-17-038]
  • Accelerating Colorectal Cancer Screening and follow-up through Implementation Science (ACCSIS) Coordinating Center (U24) [RFA-CA-17-039]

This purpose of this FOA is to promote research in colorectal cancer (CRC) screening, follow-up, and referral-to-care among target populations for whom screening rates are below national standards. This research will provide an evidence base for multilevel interventions that increase rates of CRC screening, follow-up, and referral-to-care, and best practices for how multilevel interventions can be scaled-up to reduce the burden of colorectal cancer on the United States (U.S.) population.

A pre-application webinar will be held on November 17th at 11:00am ET. Registration is required.

Application Due Date: January 18, 2018 by 5:00pm local time of applicant organization

Harvard Business Review, Sanford Health & 80% by 2018

Harvard Business Review published an article featuring Sanford Health, titled “Using Technology to Improve Rural Health Care,” and mentions their goal setting on 80% by 2018.  Among EMR platforms, Integrated depts., and telemedicine, they call out data transparency as a way to improve rural health care – including reaching 80% screening rate for colorectal cancer in 10 clinics.    Thank you to Angie Rolle and Durado Brooks for bringing this article to our attention.  You can visit the full article here. Congratulations to the team at Sanford Health!

Comparison of FIT and High Sensitivity Guaiac Tests for CRC Screening

A new study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology compared the performance characteristics of the HS-gFOBT Hemoccult II SENSA and two FITs (InSure FIT and OC FIT-CHEK) for detecting advanced colorectal neoplasia.  Visit this link to learn more.  Congratulations to NCCRT friends Jean Shapiro, TR Levin, Marion Nadel, David Lieberman, Ann Zauber, Djenaba Joseph and the other study authors!

Ask the Expert Article on the Trend of Increasing CRC Rates in Younger People

In the September issue of ASGE Connection, several of the top experts in CRC screening and prevention discuss the trend of increasing CRC rates in younger people.   NCCRT Members Mark Pochapin, Doug Rex and Anjee Davis are among the experts who provide comment.  Thank you to Gina Steiner of ASGE for sharing this article with us.

CDC’s Vital Signs Issue Focuses on the Association between Obesity and Cancer

CDC’s Vital Signs series focused last month on the association between overweight and obesity and at least 13 types of cancer, including colorectal cancer. Around 55% of cancers diagnosed in women and 24% of cancers diagnosed in men are overweight- and obesity-related cancers. About 2 in 3 occur in adults 50-74 years old.  The rate of non-overweight- and obesity-related cancer in the United States is going down, but increasing in overweight- and obesity-related cancers (except colorectal cancer). This Vital Signs details these facts and shows how everyone can work together to reduce cancer risk.

Participate in CMS Field Testing of Episode-Based Cost Measures Including for Colonoscopy by November 15

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting a field test for eight episode-based cost measures before consideration of their potential use in the cost performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) of the Quality Payment Program, including for colonsocopy. During the field test, clinicians may access confidential feedback reports with information about their performance on these new measures. All stakeholders are also invited to comment on the measures and supplemental documents.

The field test is a voluntary opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the measure specifications and the report template for the eight measures in their current stage of development. This feedback will be considered in refining the measures and for future measure development activities.  Please provide comments through this online survey by 11:59 PM ET on November 15, 2017.

You may refer to the fact sheet or FAQs document for additional information. If you have any questions, please contact QPPCostMeasureTesting@ketchum.com.

Save the Date for Tuesday, November 28th Webinar on Colorectal Cancer Screening in American Indian & Alaska Native Communities

Join us on Tuesday, November 28th at 2:00pm ET for an NCCRT webinar, in which we will explore CRC screening in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the NCCRT and ACS’s April 2016 summit on CRC and AI/AN communities and describe ACS’s recent grants to increase screening for AI/AN-serving primary care clinics. We will also hear from two AI/AN-serving organizations that are implementing innovative strategies to increase CRC screening in the communities they serve. Speakers will include: Laura Makaroff of ACS, Jessica Deaton of the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, and Richard Mousseau of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board. Save the date. Registration will be available soon.

The webinar is open to NCCRT members, 80% by 2018 partners, CDC grantees, ACS Health Systems and Communications staff, and new partners interested in getting engaged in colorectal cancer screening efforts. You must be registered to join the webinar.

Save the date for Thursday, November 30th Webinar on Employer Strategies to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening

Join us on Thursday, November 30th at 2:00pm ET for an ACS webinar on how employers can impact their employees’ health through colorectal cancer screening interventions. The webinar will begin with a brief introduction to steps employers can take to increase screening rates at their company and then feature three corporate partners who have implemented effective strategies. Speakers will include presenters from Ameren, AT&T, and Progressive Insurance. Advance registration is not required. Save the date and follow this link to join the webinar via Webex on November 30th.

The webinar is open to NCCRT members, 80% by 2018 partners, CDC grantees, ACS Health Systems and Communications staff, and new partners interested in getting engaged in colorectal cancer screening efforts.

Post-2018 “Listening Tour”

We want to hear from you!  As was previously announced, we want your input on what comes after 80% by 2018!  Please complete this brief survey to provide feedback on what you would like to see.

Interview with AT&T—Pledging a commitment to employee health

November 2, 2017 – Author: Ben Jackson: Assistant Vice-President Benefits, AT&T

In January 2017, AT&T signed the 80% by 2018 pledge, becoming one of the largest organizations to make a commitment to advancing our shared goal to regularly screen 80% of adults 50 or over by 2018. Read on to learn more about what AT&T is doing to support the health of its employees.

Ben Jackson AT&T

Ben Jackson delivers leading edge healthcare experiences and operations for almost one million active and retired employees and their family members.

Previously, Ben was Director of Savings Plan Operations overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company’s 401(k) plans and the $36B of plan assets. Ben introduced Your Money Matters, a communication program focused on improving the financial skills of AT&T employees. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia. In 2015, Ben was recognized as a Workforce Game Changer by Human Capital Media.

Ben lives in Dallas, TX with his wife Sarah and their son. He is actively involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Dallas where he serves on the Board of Directors.

Hi, Ben! We’re excited to talk with you about AT&T’s colorectal cancer screening efforts on the 80% by 2018 Blog. Can you tell us a little about AT&T?

AT&T is the world’s largest communications company by revenue and one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. Our mission is to connect people with their world everywhere they live, work and play – and do it better than anyone else!

AT&T provides access to healthcare to almost one million employees, retirees and their family members. Your Health Matters is the name of AT&T’s health and well-being program. We want to empower our employees to take ownership of their personal pursuit toward total well-being. Nothing matters more than our health, and we place a special emphasis on giving our employees tools to look after theirs.

In alignment with 80% by 2018 as a nationwide initiative, our focus for increasing colorectal cancer screening rates is US based, but we plan to evaluate ways to expand efforts globally in the coming years.

Screening for colon cancer is an important topic for us as approximately 33% of our U.S. based workforce is 50 years or older. When considering spouses of employees, the opportunity to create awareness about screening is even greater.

When and why did AT&T decide to focus on increasing colorectal cancer screening among employees?

Preventive care is a key population health category for us. We promote the importance of annual preventive care visits and encourage employees to know their numbers by obtaining baseline biometric values, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, and completing a health questionnaire. We also routinely post preventive care blogs on “Your Health Matters” tSpace, our internal wellness social media site, about the importance of preventive screenings and annual wellness visits.

We’ve found that real stories about real employees resonate with colleagues. In 2014, we produced and internally distributed a short cancer awareness video featuring several AT&T employees who shared their personal stories as a cancer survivor or as a caretaker of a family member with cancer. Various forms of cancer were highlighted including the colon cancer survivor story of one of AT&T’s former senior leaders, Chief Diversity Officer Cynthia (Cynt) Marshall, who retired earlier this year.

Blogs and videos can be effective, but we are continually looking for innovative ways to expand our reach, engagement and impact.

In early 2016, our benefits team was approached by one of AT&T’s Employee Resource Groups, “Professionals 50 & Forward” suggesting a partnership initiative to help educate employees about colon cancer awareness and screening. Members of the Dallas office of the American Cancer Society (ACS) had recently hosted an information session for various AT&T employee resource group leaders regarding volunteer opportunities and ACS had also met with our benefits team to overview available cancer workplace solutions. All three entities decided to join forces to plan a live, one-hour webcast dedicated to educating and informing employees about the importance of colon cancer screening. Because screening not only detects cancer early, but can also prevent it, we wanted to motivate employees to be proactive. Our goal was to discuss the topic in a transparent and approachable manner, empowering employees to understand the facts and take action for themselves or a family member.

ShiningALight

What role did leadership play in making this initiative a priority?

Our leadership have been very supportive of our efforts to educate employees about colon cancer screening, including AT&T joining 80% by 2018.

As we were developing the format for the 2016 webcast, we decided on a moderated panel discussion featuring three unique perspectives. We proactively selected panelists who also held leadership roles in their respective areas. We included a survivor (Cynt Marshall, then-SVP HR and Chief Diversity Officer for AT&T) and a health expert (Richard Wender, MD, NCCRT Chair and Chief Cancer Control Officer, ACS). I rounded out the panel as our benefits and company representative. Charles Bassett, our moderator, is a public relations manager in our corporate communications group and is recognized internally from his role co-hosting, “Around the Globe”, a weekly AT&T internal news broadcast. During the webcast, Charles publicly shared that he would soon be age-eligible for screening.  In a show of accountability, Charles committed to getting his screening done.

Live Panel - AT&T Shining a Light on Colon Cancer

Were you able to establish a baseline screening rate of your employees?

For evaluation of our screening rate, we are focusing on all age-eligible employees and spouses (50-75 years). For our communications campaigns that promote screening, we will continue to message all employees. Although many of our employees are not yet age-eligible for screening, we hope they will share information with family members and friends who need to get screened.

The baseline screening rate is very important as it’s an historical representation for the path forward, but establishing the rate can be very challenging. Understanding which data to include and which repositories to leverage is important as well as defining the right population and the right approach. Third party sources to consider include medical carriers, your eligibility and enrollment provider and, if available, a data warehouse.

For AT&T, we’ve established parameters based on covered screening methods and associated guidelines. Based on a five-year lookback rate, the colorectal cancer screening rate is defined as the number of individuals, 50 to 75 years, who completed an approved screening method, expressed as a percentage of the total number of individuals 50 to 75 years. Colorectal cancer screening tests include the following:

  • Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) during the measurement year
  • Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) during the measurement year
  • Stool DNA test within the measurement year or previous two years
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy during the measurement year or within the previous four years
  • CT colonography during the measurement year or within the previous four years
  • Colonoscopy during the measurement year or within the previous nine years

While the guideline for screening by colonoscopy is every ten years, we are only looking back five years so our rate is not accounting for colonoscopies completed prior to the beginning of the analytic window which could potentially understate our overall screening rate. Our third party data warehouse has considered this and suggested that any understatement should be minimal.

When calculating the rate, the data warehouse excluded any data reflecting total colectomy or diagnosis of colorectal cancer any time prior to or during the measurement period as well as hospice services during the measurement year.

Comparing aggregate level screening rates from April 2016 to April 2017 we have observed an increase of six percentage points in our overall screening rate (from 43% to 49%). Looking specifically at our management population, the screening rate is slightly higher, 53% as of April 2017, up from 47% last year.

For future campaigns, in addition to communications targeting our general population, we also plan to take into consideration alternative tactics and channels for messaging employees to accommodate various job types and work environments.

Going forward, we plan to review the screening rate on a quarterly basis through 2018 looking for increased engagement that may correlate with semiannual communication campaigns.

What has been your approach to promoting colorectal cancer screening for employees? 

In November of 2016, in partnership with ACS and AT&T’s Professionals 50 & Forward Employee Resource Group, we hosted “Shining the Light: A Conversation about Colon Cancer” webcast and panel discussion broadcast live from our headquarters location in Dallas. Discussion topics included prevention guidelines, screening options, risk factors and common myths. We also included time for Q&A. The webcast was recorded and made available for replay.

Leading up to the webcast, there were two days of educational outreach at our headquarters location which enabled employees to visit an educational walk-through colon, and speak one-on-one with oncology nurses from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and Moncrief Cancer Institute in Ft. Worth (Texas).

Panelists with inflatable colon

Earlier this year, ACS produced a short video congratulating AT&T for joining 80% by 2018 which we shared with our employees in conjunction with National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March; we also socialized a link to the webcast replay to reinforce the importance of prevention and early detection through screening.

In addition to internal education efforts in March within the company, AT&T extended messaging to our local community as Cynt participated alongside Dr. Durado Brooks, ACS’s vice president of cancer control interventions, in a radio interview for I Heart Media’s public affairs program.  The topics were colorectal cancer awareness and workplace wellness. The 30-minute segment was broadcast multiple times across a handful of top-ranked radio stations across the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro area. While we are not able to quantify the impact of the radio interview in terms of people screened, we are confident the message resonated and inspired action.

Dr Brooks on radio

Other than the impressive increase in your screening rates, have you seen other successes? How do you plan to measure success?

Including the attendees from the November broadcast and subsequent replays, 2,200 employees have viewed the panel discussion. More than 35 questions were submitted during the event that we were not able to address during the Q&A segment. We collaborated with our medical carriers and ACS to collect responses which we later posted to the Your Health Matters tSpace platform.

Numerous employees commented favorably about the webcast and many candidly shared their personal experience with colorectal cancer, encouraging others to make screening a priority.

To capture the attention of as many employees as possible, we deploy a multichannel communications strategy for all our health and well-being campaigns – things like elevator and digital signage, tSpace blogs and infographics, blurbs in our internal HR newsletter, “The Resource”, and a mention in the “Around the Globe” newscast.

During the March campaign to promote 80% by 2018, Charles (Bassett) announced during an “Around the Globe” newscast that he had followed through on his promise of getting screened. He shared highlights of “screening day” and directed employees to resources. More than 24,000 employees viewed the segment.

27,000 views/clicks, 420 likes and 80 comments were captured because of the March campaign. We are considering ways to highlight personal testimonials employees shared in response to last year’s webcast and in March during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Around the Globe

Do you have any final tips for our readers that are working to achieve 80% by 2018 in the workplace?

Others who have joined 80% by 2018 would likely agree this is a bold mission that requires bold action!

We feel strongly that including an employee story in the message is a best practice. Universally, our health is one thing at work that all employees have in common. So, hearing the firsthand account of an employee’s direct experience with a health issue or condition can be both compelling and inspiring. Seeing someone you recognize as a leader or colleague at work brings the message to life.

Messaging impacts family members too – we want our employees to take the information they’ve learned home to share with family and friends.

In addition to leveraging Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March to promote screening, also consider rolling out a campaign during annual enrollment season. This is typically the time of year when many employees complete an annual wellness visit so it is a great time for employees to also consider age-eligible screenings.

Consider increased collaboration with medical carriers to align timing of educational and targeted outreach efforts.

Leverage all available channels for socializing your messaging, including internal ambassadors like employee resource groups and health champions. At AT&T, we are considering variations of all these tactics as we develop future communication campaigns.

We have significant opportunity to increase our screening rate, but we are committed to continuing the dialogue about this very important topic with our employees.

Thank you for sharing your story with us! We look forward to hearing more about AT&T’s progress in the future.

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CRC News – Week of October 23, 2017

The following email news update was shared with NCCRT members and partners on Monday, October 23rd, 2017. Sign up to subscribe to our regular email updates

Nominations for the 80% by 2018 National Achievement Awards Are Open!

The NCCRT is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2018 80% by 2018 National Achievement Awards, a competitive recognition program that seeks to highlight 80% by 2018 success stories by recognizing individuals and organizations who are dedicating their time, talent and expertise to advancing the shared goal to regularly screen 80% of adults 50 and over by 2018.

Of course, we welcome nominations of partners who have reached 80%, but we are also looking to recognize systems who are seeing noted improvements in baseline screening rates or recognize individual champions who have made a difference through leadership or other means. Visit the 80% by 2018 National Achievement Awards webpage to learn about contest rules, prizes and recognition, and to submit your nomination. The top nominee will receive a $3,000 donation to support their efforts (see the website for details and exceptions). Watch this video from Dr. Wender to learn more.

The nominations deadline is December 11th, 2017. Visit www.nccrt.org/awards to learn more and submit your nomination (or self-nomination) today!

Replay 80% by 2018 Progress Webinar

In case you missed it, you can watch a replay of our Oct. 3rd webinar, 80% by 2018 Progress, featuring NCCRT Chair and ACS Chief Cancer Control Officer, Dr. Richard Wender.  The purpose of the webinar is look at the latest CRC screening measures and discuss what they tell us about our progress and challenges, discuss the urgency needed over the next 15 months and share plans for the transition to the next phase of our colorectal cancer screening work.

Launch of the Post-2018 “Listening Tour”

We want to hear from you!  As was mentioned during the webinar, we want your feedback on the initiative that comes after 2018!  Please complete this brief survey through which you can provide feedback on what you would like to see.

Coming Soon:  Registration for the 2017 NCCRT Annual Meeting!

Next week, NCCRT members will be receiving their personalized registration link for the 2017 NCCRT Annual Meeting in an email from the American Cancer Society.  The meeting will be held on Dec. 7th and 8th at the DoubleTree Hilton in Bethesda, MD.  Pre-conference activities, including the Task Group meetings, will occur on Dec. 6th.  You can take a peek at the NCCRT annual meeting agenda here.  Note that members are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs, but members are able to reserve a room in the rooming block during the registration process.  If you would like to request a room in the block, we suggest registering sooner rather than later.   Learn more here.

And a big shout out to those organizations that have agreed to sponsor the NCCRT Annual Meeting: American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Bracco Diagnostics, Inc., the Center for Colon Cancer Research – USC, Colon Cancer Alliance, Colon Cancer Coalition, Epigenomics, Fight Colorectal Cancer, Medial EarlySign, Medtronic GI Solutions, Inc., the National Colorectal Cancer Prevention Foundation, Polymedco, and Quest Diagnostics. We are also pleased to recognize individual contributions from Amy Manela, Tom Imperiale and Rich Wender.  We are incredibly grateful to you for your support!

We look forward to seeing you there!

2017 NCCRT Task Group Webinars

In preparation for this year’s NCCRT meeting we are making a few changes regarding our task group meeting structure for the 2017 NCCRT Annual meeting.  New this year, task group meeting attendees will be required to participate in (or watch a replay of) a short task group webinar.  During these webinars the task group co-chairs will recap the work of the task group, in order to ensure that we don’t spend valuable face-to-face meeting time getting the group up to speed.  Rather, the intention is that the in-person time can be used to advance key issues and projects. Webinar dates and times are included below (all times are Eastern). While we have held one hour blocks, each session will likely last for 20 to 30 minutes.  Please RSVP to caleb.levell@cancer.org

  • Evaluation and Measurement – Monday, October 23 – 12 to 1 pm EST
  • Community Health Centers – Friday, October 27 – 1 to 2 pm EST
  • Family History and Early Age Onset CRC – TBD (Previously announced time needs to be rescheduled).
  • Public Awareness and Social Media – Friday, November 3 – 1:30 to 2:30 pm EST
  • Professional Education and Practice Implementation – Thursday, November 9 – 1 to 2 pm EST
  • Policy Action –November 16, 1 to 1:30 pm EST

And just a reminder, as was announced previously, at this year’s NCCRT annual meeting, the Task Groups will meet on Wednesday, December 6th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.

In Search of Primary Care Practices Focused on Risk Assessment and Early Onset CRC

The NCCRT, ACS, and The Jackson Laboratory are collaborating to develop a toolkit for primary care providers to help implement best practices in colorectal cancer risk assessment, screening, and early detection for early-onset, familial, and hereditary cancers. As part of this initiative, we are looking to learn from primary care providers and practices that have implemented such programs.

Do you know of a primary care practice that has been focusing on quality improvement efforts in one or more of the following areas?

  • Cancer family history collection
  • CRC risk assessment
  • Identification of candidates for earlier CRC screening in young adults
  • Identification of high-risk families for referral to genetics
  • Detecting early signs and symptoms of CRC in young adults

If so, please refer them to us! Contact Emily Edelman at emily.edelman@jax.org with suggestions, or provide contact information through this survey.

Participation will include telephone interviews with individual members of the practice. Participants will be offered a $50 gift card as honoraria.

This activity is being conducted as an IRB-approved study through The Jackson Laboratory. The purpose is to identify the educational and clinical needs of primary care providers regarding risk assessment and screening for familial colorectal cancer. Study participation is voluntary.

NCCRT Request for Proposals:

The NCCRT is pleased to announce a request for proposals to develop a new resource that will improve our understanding of the role that state Medicaid agencies can play in advancing colorectal cancer screening amongst the populations they serve. This project follows previously commissioned work, overseen by the NCCRT Policy Action Task Group, which conducted a state by state assessment of colorectal cancer control activity among Medicaid programs. The report found a wide range of colorectal cancer control activity among Medicaid agencies, ranging from no activity to extensive colorectal cancer activity. The purpose of this current scope of work is to analyze more thoroughly the ten states identified as having extensive colorectal cancer activity, thus unveiling activities other Medicaid agencies should consider for replication in order to advance screening.

Please email Caleb Levell, NCCRT Program Manager, (caleb.levell@cancer.org) with your suggestions or with any questions related to the RFP. The proposal due date is Friday, October 27, 2017. All questions and answers will be posted to this webpage.

Relevant Journal Articles

Here are recent relevant articles/studies that may be of interest:

  • A study that appeared in the Preventive Medicine finds that workers at organizations with fewer than 25 employees are less likely to have been screened for colorectal cancer and two other cancers, as were people working in certain occupations. Using National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data, ACS investigators examined screening rates for cervical, breast, and colorectal cancer by occupational characteristics in 2010, 2013, and 2015.  Disparities in cancer screening by occupational characteristics were mostly attributed to lower socioeconomic status and lack of insurance. Congratulations to study authors Stacey Fedewa, Rebecca Siegel and the other authors!
  • A systematic review of Interventions to Improve Follow-up of Positive Results on Fecal Blood Tests was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  The review found that patient navigators and giving providers reminders or performance data may help improve colonoscopy rates of asymptomatic adults with positive fecal blood test results. Current evidence about useful system-level interventions is scant and insufficient.  Thank you to Dennis Ahnen for bringing this article to our attention.  Congratulations to NCCRT friends, Kevin Selby, TR Levin, Chyke Doubeni, Ann Zauber and the other authors!
  • A study in the Journal for General Internal Medicine sought to compare the effectiveness of different forms of reminders for a direct-mail fecal immunochemical test (FIT) program. The data suggest that FIT reminders that included a live call were more effective than reminders that relied solely on written communication (a text message or letter).  Thank you to Anna Hassan for bringing this article to our attention.  Congratulations to NCCRT Steering Committee member and study author Gloria Coronado, as well as the other authors!

Newly Revised Clinician’s Reference: Stool-Based Tests For Colorectal Cancer Screening

In the last email, we shared an updated version of the Clinician’s Reference resource on stool-based testing. Some of you noted that the link was down, so we wanted to resend, as the link is now working again.

Call for NCCRT Steering Committee Nominations

We are currently seeking nominations for the NCCRT Steering Committee.  The NCCRT Steering Committee provides strategic guidance to the NCCRT through participation in Steering Committee meetings, calls, and the NCCRT Annual Meeting.  Steering Committee responsibilities include strategic planning, membership  approval, oversight of NCCRT projects and general leadership.  The term of service is for two years beginning December 2017 and is renewable for one term.  The names of nominees are submitted to the Nominating Committee, which reviews the nominations and selects the slate of Steering Committee candidates.  The slate of candidates will be presented by email to the NCCRT membership prior to the Annual Meeting to be voted on at the Annual Meeting, which is on December 6th, 7th and 8th in Bethesda, MD.

Self-nominations are accepted.  Traditionally, the Nominating Committee has preferred candidates who have a history of engagement with the NCCRT.  Representatives from our Corporate Associates may not serve on the Steering Committee, but  they may nominate other candidates.  Please note that nominees are not guaranteed a spot on the Steering Committee, as this can be a competitive process.  Having said that, we are grateful to all individuals who are willing to put themselves forward as nominees.  Serving on  the Steering Committee is a big commitment, and Steering Committee members play a vital role in the work of the Roundtable.

If you are interested in submitting your name to the Nominating Committee for consideration or would like to nominate someone, please email Mary.Doroshenk@cancer.org by Friday, October 27th.  Nominees will be asked to submit a Statement of Interest (1,000 word maximum) along with a CV.

80% by 2018 Event in NYC Wins SCOPY Award!

Fight Colorectal Cancer, the NCCRT, the American Cancer Society, Stand Up To Cancer, the Mayo Clinic, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Exact Sciences and many other partners were recognized earlier this month with the 2017 SCOPY (Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention and Year-Round Excellence) Spirit of Collaboration Award for our awareness event held in New York City’s Hard Rock Café on March 1. SCOPY awards are given each year by the American College of Gastroenterology to honor the most innovative and impactful community education programs aimed to raise awareness of colorectal cancer.  Danielle Burgess, director of communication for Fight Colorectal Cancer, and Emily Butler Bell, MPH, associate director, NCCRT went to Orlando to receive the award earlier this month.  You can read more about the award here.

Collaboration to promote 80% by 2018 and colorectal cancer awareness wins prestigious SCOPY Award

The NCCRT, the American Cancer Society, Fight Colorectal Cancer, Stand Up To Cancer, the Mayo Clinic, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Exact Sciences and many other partners were recognized over the weekend with the 2017 SCOPY (Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention and Year-Round Excellence) Spirit of Collaboration Award for the awareness event held in New York City’s Hard Rock Café on March 1.

If you recall, our Countdown to 2018 event featured Katie Couric, whose first husband died of colon cancer at age 42, and actor Luke Perry, whose best friend’s wife was diagnosed with the disease, interviewing lots of impressive people involved in the fight against colon cancer, including Richard Wender, MD, NCCRT chair and ACS chief cancer control officer.

SCOPY awards are given each year by the American College of Gastroenterology to honor the most innovative and impactful community education programs aimed to raise awareness of colorectal cancer. Details of all the award winners can be found here.

Emily Bell, associate director of NCCRT, and Danielle Burgess, director of communication for Fight Colorectal Cancer, accepted the award on behalf of the partner organizations at an award ceremony on Sunday in Orlando, Florida.

“The 2017 SCOPY Award Winners deliver yet another class of extraordinary initiatives, meeting the high bar established in past years,” said Jordan J. Karlitz, MD, FACG, chair, ACG Public Relations Committee and associate professor of Clinical Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Tulane Cancer Center, New Orleans, LA. “Many projects exhibit zeal and a fervent, ongoing commitment to community service, public health, and the national screening goal of 80% of eligible adults by 2018.”

Twenty-one projects were selected by a panel of three judges that included Dr. Karlitz; Patricia L. Raymond, MD, FACG, ACG Public Relations Committee, assistant professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School; and Eugenia Tsai, MD, GI Fellow, Tulane University School of Medicine.

“Year after year, the GI community demonstrates its remarkable dedication to support colorectal cancer (CRC) prevention,” said ACG President Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG. “The passion and dedication of ACG members to communicate the critical message of CRC screening and prevention is evident in every submission,” she added.

From left, actress Karen Walsh, who was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer at age 40; Candace Henley, a colon cancer survivor and founder of the Blue Hat Foundation, one of the 2017 80% by 2018 National Achievement Award honorees, and journalist Katie Couric.
From left, actress Karen Walsh, who was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer at age 40; Candace Henley, a colon cancer survivor and founder of the Blue Hat Foundation, one of the 2017 80% by 2018 National Achievement Award honorees, and journalist Katie Couric. Walsh died several months after the event.
Left, is Danielle Burgess, director of communication for Fight Colorectal Cancer, and right is Emily Butler Bell, MPH, associate director, NCCRT
Left, is Danielle Burgess, director of communication for Fight Colorectal Cancer, and right is Emily Butler Bell, MPH, associate director, NCCRT