Interview with Oklahoma City Indian Clinic—Grand Prize Recipient of the 2018 80% by 2018 National Achievement Award

March 6, 2018 – Author: Kelli Guinn, DON, RN, BSN & Jessica Deaton, Care Manager, RN, BSN

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On February 26, 2018, Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) became the Grand Prize recipient of the 2018 80% by 2018 National Achievement Awards, a program designed to recognize individuals and organizations who are dedicating their time, talent and expertise to advancing needed initiatives that support the shared goal to regularly screen 80% of adults 50 and over.

Kelli Guinn, DON, RN, BSN is a proud member of the Chickasaw Nation tribe with over 11 years of nursing experience in working with underprivileged populations. She currently works as the Director of Nursing at the OKCIC. She graduated with her Bachelors in the Science of Nursing from Langston University, in 2006. She has been collaborating with the American Cancer Society on several projects which are centered on cancer prevention and improving patient outcomes since 2014. 

Jessica Deaton, RN, BSN has six years of nursing experience. She graduated with her Bachelors in the Science of Nursing in 2011 from the University of Oklahoma. She has an extensive background in cardiac care, then went on to work as an RN Care Manager at OKCIC. In 2016, she helped develop and coordinate a colorectal cancer screening program while continuing to work towards increasing colorectal cancer screening rates. She has presented on a webinar for the NCCRT about colorectal cancer screening in the American Indian population as well as presented an abstract at the American Nurses Association Conference on quality improvement.  

Hi, Kelli and Jessica! We’re excited to feature your work on the 80% by 2018 Blog. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you ended up working on colorectal cancer screening?
First and foremost, we are so honored and humbled to have been chosen as the 2018 Grand Prize recipient of the 2018 80% by 2018 National Achievement Award. It has been a long and rewarding adventure to say the least. Colorectal cancer screening has always been an important focus to our clinic including our CEO having a personal connection, which has been an influential driving force and support system.

[Kelli] I started at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) in 2014 and was one of the founding members of the internal Colorectal Cancer Quality Improvement Committee (CRC QI). As the Director of Nursing, I have been a longstanding advocate for improving cancer screening rates, removing patient barriers, and am passionate about leading my nursing staff efficiently to provide compassionate quality care to all patients.

[Jessica] I started at the OKCIC in 2015 as an RN Care Manager. At the beginning of 2016, I accepted the assignment of spearheading a grant application for colorectal cancer funding. This opportunity led me to research evidence-based practice that could be implemented and utilized to further increase colorectal screening rates at the OKCIC. Shortly after, I began to chair the CRC QI Committee, which led to being accepted as members of the NCCRT as well as signing the 80% Pledge.

Tell us a little bit about Oklahoma City Indian Clinic.
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic that provides services to nearly 20,000 American Indians in central Oklahoma from over 200 federally recognized tribes every year. We have implemented many practice changes to increase colorectal cancer screening rates. We are small but mighty in the sense that we attempt to offer a comprehensive visit during each patient encounter. We accomplish this by offering a variety of onsite services in addition to primary care which include: CT and other radiology services, mammography, laboratory services, behavioral health, public heath to include cancer navigation, onsite pharmacy, along with multiple other services. We continue to grow and expand services in order to meet the needs of our patients while adapting treatment plans based on disparities in order to provide holistic care. We are currently discussing potential implementation of internally screening patients earlier than the recommended age of 50 due to the high incidence of colorectal cancer and increased mortality rates within the American Indian population.

In addition to improving screening rates, we also screen each patient for insurance during the registration process. All of our Patient Relations Representatives interview each patient to identify eligibility for alternate resources. We are currently exploring the possibility of starting an Insurance Sponsorship program for selected patients to pay insurance premiums and provide a marketplace Blue Cross Blue Shield plan. These steps aid in reducing patient transportation barriers, since being insured means that patients can complete colorectal cancer screening and diagnostic testing locally rather than traveling to another Indian Health Services (IHS) facility (approximately a three-hour round trip).

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What activities and systems changes did you implement, and how did you choose them?
A defining moment that ultimately led to our process changes was when we began our colorectal cancer partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS). Our ACS Primary Care Health Systems Manager, Meagan Carter, was our educator and biggest advocate. She introduced us to the holy grail of colorectal cancer screening, Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: A Manual for Community Health Centers. Armed with this tool, we implemented initiatives that affected change and created sustaining processes that could be seen through data. Activities included forming a quality improvement committee that meets quarterly to analyze and review evidence-based practices and current initiatives, systematizing patient and provider reminders, improving tracking in the electronic health record, offering incentives for completing screening at health fairs, creating an oncology case manager position within public health to provide navigation to patients and eliminating gaps in care, and improving access to screenings by offering a Flu-FIT (fecal immunochemical test) clinic in the fall. As a result, OKCIC has increased colorectal cancer screening rates among age-eligible patients from 14% in 2007 to 64% in 2017, while patient volume increased by 27%. The chart below illustrates our yearly screening rates as compared to OKCIC’s screening goal and the area target, the goal for Oklahoma as a state.

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I understand you took a multidisciplinary approach to provide patients with a FIT test. How did this work?
Although most of the colorectal cancer screening efforts are nursing driven, OKCIC has multi-departmental supporting strategies which are evidence-based and aid in cultivating a medical home atmosphere. A recent notable endeavor was when the pharmacy department collaborated efforts to increase colorectal cancer screening rates. In just three months, screening rates increased by approximately five percentage points by the additional assistance from the dedicated pharmacy team. This further demonstrates the large impact that the clinic has had on screening rates throughout the surrounding Oklahoma City area.

Our cancer screening initiatives also led us to identify a need for one-on-one cancer navigation. In December 2016, OKCIC started providing specialized patient navigation to all oncology patients, including patients with colorectal cancer. There are now over 200 patients in the OKCIC Oncology Patient Registry, of which about 10% have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. The Oncology Case Manager works diligently to obtain medical records, place referrals, and follow up on comprehensive health care needs. Colorectal cancer treatment can often be complicated and time-sensitive. The Oncology Case Manager insures that patients receive personalized one-one-one education, navigation through the complex treatment process, and approval for their referrals to be paid through the IHS’s Purchased and Referred Care budget.

Without this service, many patients would be overwhelmed and lost to follow up in the complicated health care system or due to the financial burden of treatment. The ability to offer Oncology Case Management Care as well as managing an Oncology Patient Registry makes OKCIC unique in Indian Country, which further contributes to 80% by 2018 attainment and being the national model for American Indian health care.

What success have you seen? How did you measure that success?
In addition to seeing our internal screening rate increase from 14% in 2007 to 64% in 2017, we’ve seen many other notable successes. Colorectal cancer screening has become an expected screening for our age-eligible patients over the past three years. We have noticed an increase in patients requesting FIT kit screening when interacting with different clinic departments. Every March we conduct a FIT kit competition amongst all nursing and provider staff. This healthy competition has created buy-in and in return the nurse with the most returned FIT kits is personally recognized during the annual 5K Strollin’ Colon Run in Oklahoma City and is given free admission to the event.  Lastly, we consider being invited to speak on one of the NCCRT webinars along with being selected as the Grand Prize winner of the 2018 80% by 2018 National Achievement Award to be a major success.

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Were there tools, trainings or resources that you found helpful?
The relationship that was formed with the ACS was one of our biggest resources that we utilized to develop a sound process map. Along with this relationship, the “CRC News” emails sent out by the NCCRT that provide webinar trainings along with scholarly articles featuring colorectal cancer screening initiatives, and attending the 2016 NCCRT Annual Meeting were a huge asset to our screening success. We were also fortunate to receive one-on-one provider training on how to improve colorectal cancer screening rates and quality with the famously helpful Durado Brooks, MD, MPH, which also helped improve provider buy-in, at the same time igniting passion for improving screening rates.

Other evidence-based interventions that have been implemented include small media, provider assessment and feedback, and client and provider reminder and recall systems. We would encourage all individuals aiming to increase their facility’s colorectal cancer screening rates to tune into NCCRT’s webinars and take the time to read and utilize the scholarly articles in efforts to modify and improve your current process. We have watched many NCCRT webinars ourselves; however, the two that have been most influential are the October 2017 80% by 2018 Progress webinar that featured Dr. Richard Wender, Chair of the NCCRT, and the July 2016 webinar on colorectal cancer screening and the Patient Centered Medical Home.

Do you have any final tips for our readers that are working to achieve 80% by 2018?
Keep striving to succeed! We have been able to affect change and save lives without grant funding in our small partially federally funded facility. If we can achieve increases in colorectal cancer screening rates, any facility can make effective changes and see sustained results as long as they remain dedicated. While our goal is to reach 80% of patients screened by 2018, we know that any increase in completed screenings are ultimately saving the lives of our patients and at the end of the day this is what is important and what matters the most!

Thank you for sharing your story with us! We look forward to hearing more about your work and Oklahoma City Indian Clinic’s progress in the future.

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CRC News – Week of February 26, 2018

The following email news update was shared with NCCRT members and partners on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018. Sign up to subscribe to our regular email updates

This week marks the start of March, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and we have lots of news to share.

Congratulations To The 2018 80% By 2018 National Achievement Award Winners!

The NCCRT has recognized seven organizations with the 2018 80% by 2018 National Achievement Award, a prestigious national honor recognizing leadership in the ongoing effort to increase colorectal cancer screening rates across the United States. This year’s recipients include Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, Oklahoma City, OK, as the grand prize winner; and other honorees include AltaMed Health Services, Los Angeles, CA; Ameren, St. Louis, MO; Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, Columbus, OH; Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Samuel C. Pace, M.D., Tupelo, MS; and the Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, Lincoln, NE. We are honored to recognize these extraordinary awardees for their dedication and efforts to increase colorectal cancer screening.

Learn more about these organizations’ exemplary work to increase colorectal cancer screening: http://nccrt.org/2018-80-2018-national-achievement-awards/

View and share the joint American Cancer Society/NCCRT press release: http://pressroom.cancer.org/80x2018awards

New 80% by 2018 Blog:  Joining in the CRC Screening Coast to Coast Effort

We have a new 80% by 2018 blog posted that’s a call to action for watching and supporting our Colorectal Cancer Screening Coast to Coast efforts!  Please give it a read, and share with your partners.  We need everyone’s help promoting the March 8th show, touting your own March activity (and getting it added to the Coast to Coast map, created by our friends at Fight CRC), and spreading the word about how to make the most out of this March.  This blog tells you exactly how to participate.

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.

Save the Date – 2018 NCCRT Annual Meeting, Nov. 14th – Nov. 16th, 2018 in Baltimore, MD

NCCRT Members: Mark your calendars – the 2018 NCCRT Annual Meeting will start with pre-conference activity, including late afternoon Task Group meetings, on Wednesday, Nov. 14th and close the afternoon of Friday, November 16th.  Also note – we’re moving!  The meeting will be held in Baltimore, MD this year.  Thanks to those of you who have already asked about meeting sponsorship opportunities, which are now open.  Visit this link for more information.

Replay NCCRT Webinar on Increasing CRC Screening Among the Underserved Now Available

In case you missed it, the replay of the Feb. 20th, webinar, Increasing CRC Screening Among the Underserved, can be found here: http://nccrt.org/resource/innovative-ways-increase-colorectal-cancer-screening-among-underserved-february-20-2018/  Slides are also available at the link.  Many thanks to our fantastic speakers, Drs. Joe Ravenell, Karen Kim and Jenna Hatcher!

NCCRT Request for Proposals to Develop a Links of Care Training:

As was previously announced, the NCCRT has issued a request for proposals to develop a web based training that draws from the best practices and lessons learned from the NCCRT’s Links of Care model. The Links of Care pilots, launched in 2014, sought to strengthen the relationships between community health centers and the medical neighborhood in the delivery of colorectal cancer screening and follow up care. Our goal is to provide local communities with online access to the framework, advice, and tools and templates needed to develop a strong collaboration between health centers and specialty providers in order to improve the delivery of colorectal cancer screening and follow up care for patients in need. The deadline for proposals is April 6th, 2018

Please email Emily Bell, NCCRT Associate Director, (emily.butler@cancer.org) with any questions related to the RFP. We also welcome your suggestions for potential vendors. Email notification of intent to apply and questions regarding the proposal are due March 23rd, 2018. All questions and answers will be posted to this webpage: http://nccrt.org/rfp-loc

Fill out a “Stat Madness” Bracket to Recognize 2017 Groundbreaking Research on Early Onset CRC:

Many of you will recall the groundbreaking research study led by NCCRT friend and American Cancer Society researcher, Rebecca Siegel, last year, which found that compared to people born around 1950, people born around 1990 have twice the risk of getting colon cancer, and four times the risk of getting rectal cancer.  You can vote for this research in the bracket-style competition Stat Madness, a celebration of science that highlights significant research in biomedical science from the past year.  Help us bring more attention to this important research by voting for this ACS study, currently pitted against Yale University in the first round (sorry Dr. Llor!).  The first round bracket is up and can be filled out here.

Dress in Blue Day is this Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Dress in Blue Day is Friday, March 2, 2018.  Our friends at the Colorectal Cancer Alliance have asked that we spread the word that by wearing blue on Friday, you and your peers become part of a nation of passionate allies, taking on this senseless killer.  You can also enter their photo contest with your bluest swag and any pets, props, beads and more to snap the perfect shot!  Grand Prize: The photo with the most votes at the end of the month won a free inflatable colon rental, to arrive at the event/location of your choosing within the continental United States.  The Colorectal Cancer Alliance also has updated free materials for download on family history, colonoscopy prep, symptom tracking, etc. in English and Spanish, accessed via this link.  Please contact Patrice Brown at pbrown@ccalliance.org with any questions.

ICYMI: Beyond 2018 FAQs and Changes to the 80% by 2018 Pledge

Wondering what happens after 80% by 2018? Read the “Beyond 2018 FAQs” to learn how NCCRT is charting the course for our work to increase colorectal screening beyond 2018, including how the 80% by 2018 pledge has recently been changed to the 80% Pledge to reflect our intention to continue our efforts to increase colorectal cancer screening to 80% or higher across the nation beyond 2018.

Have You Hit 80%?

It’s been rewarding to see the reports of partners who have hit their 80% goal in 2018 start to trickle in.  If you are one of them – be sure to submit your achievement to the 80% by 2018 Hall of Fame for recognition.

Have a great March, everyone!  Many thanks for the good work you do.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Coast to Coast! Join in!

February 22, 2018 – Author: Mary Doroshenk, MA

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It’s almost March of 2018! National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, is always an exciting time as we make the most of our time in the national spotlight, but 2018 is an especially big year for us. We’ve some great plans in place, and we know you do too. We need everyone’s help promoting these events, so we can amplify our collective voice.

On Thursday, March 8th, the NCCRT will be co-hosting a live broadcast from the “Blue Carpet” in Los Angeles to celebrate the start of March. The theme this March is Colorectal Cancer Screening Coast to Coast: Driving to 80%. Streaming from the “Blue Carpet” will start at 4:00pm EST/1:00pm Pacific; our Coast to Coast Celebrity and Survivor Discussions will start at 4:30pm ET/1:30pm Pacific. We are partnering with Fight Colorectal Cancer, 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.

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We highlight successes, leaders, best practices, and tools that are making an impact in the nationwide movement to reach 80% screened for colorectal cancer.

Do you have a suggestion for a future blog topic? We welcome you to share your suggestions by emailing nccrt@cancer.org.

BLOG POLICY

Opinions expressed in these blog posts are that of the author and do not represent policies of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable or the author’s institution.

Our staff moderate all comments on the 80% Blog. While we do not censor based on point of view, we will delete or edit comments that are offensive or off topic. Click here to view full version.

How can you be a part of CRCCoast2Coast?

  • If you are in the Los Angeles area, register by February 26th to join us! Space is limited.
  • Not going to be in LA? You can watch the events through Facebook Live on the American Cancer Society, NCCRT, Fight CRC or Mayo Clinic Facebook pages. Be sure to “like” the pages in advance so you get event notifications the day of. You could even plan to host a watch party! Post pictures and videos on Twitter or Instagram using #80by2018 or #CRCcoast2coast. Finally, the more you like, comment or share both the Blue Carpet stream and the Coast to Coast show on Facebook, the more they will appear on people’s feeds. We’d love your help! 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 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 below.
  • Post pictures and videos from the screening events and promotions 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.

Spread Awareness through Social Media
Cast your colorectal cancer screening messages far and wide with this guidance on promoting screening via social media:

We look forward to celebrating and spreading awareness with you this March!

Mary Doroshenk, MA
Director, NCCRT
Strategic Director, Colorectal Cancer Intervention
American Cancer Society, Inc.

CRC News – Week of February 12, 2018 (Part 2)

The following email news update was shared with NCCRT members and partners on Tuesday, February 16th, 2018. Sign up to subscribe to our regular email updates

Registration is open – NCCRT Webinar, Tuesday, February 20th at 3:00pm ET:  Innovative Ways to Increase CRC Screening among the Underserved

This coming Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 3:00 pm ET, the NCCRT will be hosting a webinar on Innovative Ways to Increase CRC Screening among the Underserved.  This is a repeat of one of our most highly rated workshops from the NCCRT meeting last December.  The purpose of the webinar is to move beyond describing the challenges of reaching the underserved to showcasing innovative solutions, including using systems change to increase CRC screening in a multi-ethnic community; providing an example of how local health departments can team up with academics on community engagement; and partnering with emergency departments to reach rural residents who don’t have a primary care provider. The webinar will feature: Joseph Ravenell, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Population Health and Medicine; Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs and Inclusion at NYU School of Medicine, NCCRT Steering Committee (Presenter/Moderator); Karen E. Kim, MD, Professor of Medicine, Dean, Faculty Affairs, Associate Director, Cancer Disparities, the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, NCCRT Steering Committee; and Jenna Hatcher, RN, PhD, MPH, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Kentucky, College of Nursing.

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 pre-registered to join.  Registration is available here.

NCCRT Request for Proposals:

The NCCRT is pleased to announce a request for proposals to develop a web based training that draws from the best practices and lessons learned from the NCCRT’s Links of Care model. The Links of Care pilots, launched in 2014, sought to strengthen the relationships between community health centers and the medical neighborhood in the delivery of colorectal cancer screening and follow up care. Our goal is to provide local communities with online access to the framework, advice, and tools and templates needed to develop a strong collaboration between health centers and specialty providers in order to improve the delivery of colorectal cancer screening and follow up care for patients in need.

Please email Emily Bell, NCCRT Associate Director, (emily.butler@cancer.org) with any questions related to the RFP. We also welcome your suggestions for potential vendors. Email notification of intent to apply and questions regarding the proposal are due March 23rd, 2018. The deadline for proposals is April 6th, 2018All questions and answers will be posted to this webpage: http://nccrt.org/rfp-loc

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

As we previously announced, 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 Prevention.  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.  We are also excited to share that we have just added Emmy award winner and Telemundo Star Chiquibaby to the line up!

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 through Facebook Live on the ACS, NCCRT or Mayo facebook pages.  Share, like or comment on social media, or host 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.

AGA Call for Stories about Why People Get Screened

AGA, in support of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March, is looking to share stories of why people choose to get screened for colon cancer. Centering our efforts around this video, AGA wants to motivate and encourage others to get screened for CRC by sharing screening stories across social media, as a reminder as to why screening is so important.

They are working to feature as many stories as possible to get more people screened for CRC. If anyone is interested in sharing and or working with AGA on this project, please respond to AGA’s Hannah Herrington hherrington@gastro.org with the following information:

  • Name and photos (please share photos that speak to your personal motivation for getting screened)
  • 2-5 sentences on why you get screened (feel free to include extra pictures, etc.)
  • 2-5 sentences on what you wish you knew before getting screened
  • 2-5 sentences on what you want others to know about getting screened

The stories (photos, videos) will be featured on the AGA Facebook page throughout the month and then shared in various other ways, such as through the AGA microsite, other social media handles and member communications. They are hoping to get as many stories as possible before March 1.  Thanks for whatever help you can provide.

Registration is Open for the 4th Annual Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer Summit

The Colon Cancer Foundation and Northwell Health are sponsoring the 4th annual summit on Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer.  The theme of this year’s CME conference is “Why? What Factors Are Driving the Increasing Incidence of Young Adult Colorectal Cancer?”  The event will start April 26th 4:30 pm and conclude April 27th at 5:30 pm and is being held at the J.W. Essex House, 160 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019.  This event will bring together leading clinicians, scientists as well as early age onset (EAO) colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors and caregivers from across the country. The program will provide extensive opportunities for participants to advance their understanding of the rapidly increasing incidence of rectal and colon cancer among young adults under 50 years of age in the U.S. and abroad. To learn more and register, visit: http://www.coloncancerchallenge.org/about/eao-crc/

Join the Colorectal Cancer Alliance For the Launch of “March Forth” in Philadelphia

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is launching a new foundation, March Forth, that has been created to focus on a city-centric approach to drive up screening rates and save lives from colorectal cancer.  The effort will start in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love.  Today, Philadelphia has one of the lowest screening rates in the United States at 44 percent, so there is both tremendous opportunity and work ahead.  The launch will take place on Wednesday, March 21th, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm at the Philadelphia College of Physicians, 19 22nd St.  RSVP to aknapp@ccalliance.org by Monday, March 12, 2018.  For more information, visit www.ccalliance.org/marchforth

CRC News – Week of February 12, 2018 (Part 1)

The following email news update was shared with NCCRT members and partners on Monday, February 12th, 2018. Sign up to subscribe to our regular email updates

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.

Save the Date – NCCRT Webinar, Tuesday, February 20th at 3:00pm ET:  Innovative Ways to Increase CRC Screening among the Underserved

On Feb. 20th at 3:00 pm ET, the NCCRT will be hosting a webinar on Innovative Ways to Increase CRC Screening among the Underserved.  This is a repeat of one of our most highly rated workshops from the NCCRT meeting last December.  The purpose of the webinar is to move beyond describing the challenges of reaching the underserved to showcasing innovative solutions, including using systems change to increase CRC screening in a multi-ethnic community; providing an example of how local health departments can team up with academics on community engagement; and partnering with emergency departments to reach rural residents who don’t have a primary care provider. The webinar will feature: Joseph Ravenell, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Population Health and Medicine; Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs and Inclusion at NYU School of Medicine, NCCRT Steering Committee (Presenter/Moderator); Karen E. Kim, MD, Professor of Medicine, Dean, Faculty Affairs, Associate Director, Cancer Disparities, the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, NCCRT Steering Committee; and Jenna Hatcher, RN, PhD, MPH, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Kentucky, College of Nursing.

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 pre-registered to join.  Registration is available here.

Replay of NCCRT Webinar on How to Assure Follow Up Colonoscopy for Positive FIT from the Process Side:

In case you missed, it a replay of the Jan. 30th, How To Assure Follow Up Colonoscopy For Positive FIT From The Process Side webinar can be found here. The webinar reviews evidence and processes to help ensure that patients obtain a follow-up colonoscopy after a positive test result. This webinar is a repeat of one of our most highly rated workshops from the NCCRT meeting last December.

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 Prevention.  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.  We are also excited to share that we have just added Emmy award winner and Telemundo Star Chiquibaby to the line up!

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 through Facebook Live on the ACS, NCCRT or Mayo facebook pages.  Share, like or comment on social media, or host 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.

New Brochure on Patient Expectations for CRC Screening Cost Sharing from AGA

Some of you may find helpful this new patient brochure from AGA on what patients can expect when undergoing CRC screening in terms of their financial responsibility.  Many thanks to Kathleen Teixeira and our friends at AGA for sharing this resource with us!

New Publication on South Carolina’s CRC Prevention Network Screening Program for Uninsured and Medically Underserved

The journal Cancer recently published an article titled: A Statewide Program Providing Colorectal Cancer Screening to the Uninsured of South Carolina. This publication, led by Dr. Jan Eberth, is the first of several to follow and looks into the efficacy of the Colorectal Cancer Prevention Network’s screening model with regards to compliance. The study also looked into potential risk factors associated with high polyp detection and high adenoma detection in this subset of the population. Congratulations to NCCRT friends, Dr. Eberth, Annie Thibault, Renay Caldwell, Frank Berger, as well as the other authors, and many thanks to Annie Thibault for bringing this article to our attention.

Updated CRC Awareness Month Social Media Toolkit from GW Cancer Center

GW Cancer Center has release of an updated Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Social Media Toolkit for 2018. Updates to this toolkit include new suggestions for using Pinterest, Snapchat and Reddit to promote the cause. This CDC-funded resource was developed to help comprehensive cancer control programs, coalitions and other stakeholders strengthen their communication efforts and features many of the NCCRT tested messages around CRC screening.   Many thanks to our partners at GW Cancer Center for putting together this great resource.

Submit an Abstract for NACHC’s 2018 Community Health Institute & Expo (CHI)

The National Association of Community Health Centers is looking for innovative ideas to include in this year’s NACHC CHI educational programming, which will be held Aug. 26th through 28th in Orlando, FL. If you have a unique, informative presentation, project, or an idea that would benefit health center colleagues, you are invited to submit a written abstract for this year’s CHI. Click here for more information and to submit a workshop and/or poster abstract by April 6, 2018.  Thank you to Roshan Paudel for flagging this opportunity.

Early Bird Registration is Open for the Dialogue for Action Meeting

Each year, the Dialogue for Action® on Cancer Screening and Prevention meeting brings together key stakeholders from clinical practice and public health programs to share effective strategies to improve cancer prevention and early detection. Registration is now open for this year’s meeting, which will be held on April 11-13, 2018 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner in McLean, Va. Register by Wednesday, February 28 for early bird savings. Watch for more information about NCCRT workshops and Task Group meetings which will take place during the preconference sessions on Wednesday, April 11th. Many thanks to our friends at the Prevent Cancer Foundation for generously sharing their meeting space with us.

Registration is Open: 2018 Southeastern Colorectal Cancer Consortium

Registration is now open for the 2018 Southeastern Colorectal Cancer Consortium, which will be held in New Orleans, June 27th through June 29th.  The meeting will tackle best practices, lessons learned, and how to move forward in our work surrounding colorectal cancer. View hotel information. Thank you to Kaitlin Sylvester for keeping us informed of this great opportunity.

CRC News – Week of January 29, 2018

The following email news update was shared with NCCRT members and partners on Wednesday, January 30th, 2018. Sign up to subscribe to our regular email updates

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

It’s not too late to register for today’s 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).

40 Under 40 Leaders in Health Awards Accepting Nominations Through February 2nd

Know an influential young minority leader making a difference in health care? Nominations are now being accepted for the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Health Awards: http://www.nmqf.org/40under40/. The National Minority Quality Forum encourages a wide range of health professionals to apply: physicians, pharmacists, dentists, anesthesiologists, nurses, policy experts, researchers, and others. Nominations will be accepted until February 2, 2018. Please direct any questions to 40under40@nmqf.org.

World Cancer Day is Sunday, February 4th

World Cancer Day unites people all over the world in the fight against cancer. It provides us with an opportunity to reflect on all that we have accomplished, and on all that we are still working to achieve. We hope you’ll join NCCRT in the conversation with #WorldCancerDay.

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.