CRC News: March 16, 2021

Dear NCCRT Members & 80% Partners:

We are excited to share with you several updates for the third week of March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

Registration Open: Colorectal Cancer Screening & COVID-19 Update Webinar

Join us for NCCRT’s next webinar on Thursday, April 15 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET, in which we will reconvene the authors of NCCRT’s (released June 2020) for how NCCRT members, 80% pledged partners, and colorectal cancer screening advocates across the nation can work together to reignite our screening efforts appropriately, safely, and equally for all communities. The NCCRT hosted a . This webinar will bring the group back together to discuss what progress we’ve made and what challenges remain for colorectal cancer screening in 2021.

The webcast is free and is open to NCCRT members, 80% Pledge partners, CDC grantees, ACS and ACS CAN staff, and other partners working to increase colorectal cancer screening rates. Pre-registration is required.

Last Call: Register for our Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Webcast Today at 3 PM ET!

It’s not too late to register for our annual Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month webcast today, March 16, at 3:00 PM ET. We hope you will join us to celebrate national achievements and to hear the latest state of the field updates that inform our work.

Prevent Cancer Foundation Call for Grant Applications

The Prevent Cancer Foundation’s community grants program funds vital community-level projects in cancer prevention and early detection across the United States. Awards are for one-year, $25,000 grants.

Application Deadline: April 21, 2021. .

 

CRC News: March 10, 2021

New NCCRT 80% in Every Community Brief for Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions

Comprehensive cancer control (CCC) programs and coalitions play a critical role in promoting colorectal cancer screening messages and activities in community settings across the United States. The newly released brief, , contains useful information and resources that will accelerate efforts to improve screening rates in your state, tribal organization, or territory.

The American Cancer Society Releases Guidance on Effectively Messaging Cancer Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Late last month the American Cancer Society released the , which includes information on both old and new barriers to cancer screening, delivers updated findings on how the pandemic has impacted cancer care, and shares tested messages that will resonate throughout the pandemic. A companion brief and additional communications assets are also included to support your organization’s return to cancer screening outreach efforts.

This work builds on the , released in October 2020, which provides guidance on how public health agencies, health care providers, and screening advocates across the nation can promote and deliver cancer screening appropriately, safely, and equitably during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reminder: Register for our Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Webcast on March 16!

We hope you will join us on March 16 at 3:00 PM ET for our annual Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month webcast. Hear from Richard Wender, MD, and Robert Smith, PhD, NCCRT co-chairs; Lisa Richardson, MD, MPH, Director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control; Rebecca Siegel, MPH, Senior Scientific Director, Surveillance Research, American Cancer Society; Folasade May, MD, PhD, MPhil, UCLA Health, our 2021 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards grand prize honoree; and other special guests.

Ways to get engaged:

  1. Send us a picture of you dressed in blue for colorectal cancer awareness! Email your photo to nccrt@cancer.org by March 12th to be included in a photo montage during the webcast.
  2. Connect with us on social media! Follow #80inEveryCommunity on and follow our page.
  3. Spread the word! Share the link to register with your colleagues and partners.
  4. Join us.

Partner Events this March

Below are just a few of the exciting events that partner organizations are hosting this March. Share your event using #80inEveryCommunity or tag @NCCRTnews and we’ll be sure to share!

Relevant Journal Articles, Publications, & Other News

 

National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable Recognizes Leaders in Colorectal Cancer Screening Efforts with 80% in Every Community National Achievement Award

National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable Recognizes Leaders in Colorectal Cancer Screening Efforts with 80% in Every Community National Achievement Award

March 1, 2021 

Award honors individuals and organizations making tremendous progress toward the goal to achieve colorectal cancer screening rates of 80% and higher despite challenges with COVID-19

 

ATLANTA, March 1, 2021 — The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), founded by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is honoring leaders with the 2021 80% In Every Community National Achievement Award, given in recognition of distinguished, ongoing efforts to increase colorectal cancer screening rates across the United States.

Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in men and women, yet it can often be prevented or found at an early stage, when it’s small and may be easier to treat, with regular screening.

“Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the most powerful tools for preventing colorectal cancer or finding it early,” said Richard Wender, MD, Chair of Family Medicine and Community Health, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and NCCRT chair. “Yet screening rates remain low in many communities and the COVID-19 pandemic has further challenged efforts to address inadequate screening. We are honored to recognize the dedication of these community leaders that are working tirelessly to increase the number of people that have access to life-saving colorectal cancer screening, especially in disproportionately affected groups.”

80% in Every Community is an NCCRT initiative that works with community health centers, health plans, hospitals, health systems, employers, and others to reach 80% colorectal cancer screening rates nationally. More than 1,800 organizations have signed a pledge to make this goal a priority.

The 80% In Every Community National Achievement Award includes one grand prize winner and five other honorees. Each receives a monetary award to be used to support continued efforts to increase screening for colorectal cancer.

This year’s recipients include UCLA Health, Los Angeles, CA, as the grand prize winner; and other honorees include American Association of Medical Assistants, Chicago, IL; Arkansas Cancer Coalition, Little Rock, AR; Cynthia Yoshida, MD, Charlottesville, VA; Esperanza Health Centers, Chicago, IL; and St. Vincent de Paul Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ.

Award winners will be recognized during the annual NCCRT Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Webcast on March 16 at 3:00 PM ET featuring Dr. Wender and other guests celebrating the successes of the 80% in Every Community initiative and sharing more about colorectal cancer screening. Register to attend the live webcast and learn more about increasing colorectal cancer screening rates.

More details about this year’s recipients:

$3,000 Grand Prize Winner:
Category: Hospital/Health System
UCLA Health, Los Angeles, CA
UCLA Health provides health care to over 600,000 unique patients annually across Southern California. The UCLA Health Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign, launched in 2019, is the first system-wide cancer awareness and prevention effort at UCLA. The campaign is a health leadership commitment to increase colorectal cancer and screening awareness in the UCLA Health patient, provider, and staff community and in the greater Los Angeles area, including medically underserved populations. The multi-faceted campaign has included public awareness events, Dress in Blue Day, patient and provider education, patient-directed educational videos, community lectures, radio and media appearances, employee wellness and nutrition lectures, and a social media campaign. Starting in March 2020, the campaign adapted to provide virtual screening and awareness messages due to COVID-19 and has evolved to include a stronger focus on stool testing to allow patients access to screening from home. Despite national decreases in screening due to the pandemic, UCLA Health has seen an overall 10 percentage point increase in screening among the 389,000 primary care enrollees it serves and is currently planning a myriad of activities to further promote screening in March 2021.

$1,000 Honoree:
Category: Professional Association
American Association of Medical Assistants, Chicago, IL

The mission of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) is to provide the medical assistant professional with education, certification, credential acknowledgment, networking opportunities, scope-of-practice protection, and advocacy for quality patient-centered health care. In 2019, the AAMA partnered with NCCRT to launch a year-long education initiative to inform and equip medical assistants to educate patients about the importance of colorectal cancer screening and to help patients overcome barriers to being appropriately screened. The initiative featured continuing education offerings and articles in its bimonthly publication, CMA Today, during March 2020 and Medical Assistants Recognition Week in October 2020. A centerpiece of the AAMA’s initiative is the course Medical Assistants’ Roles in Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: Getting to 80%, which 3,964 individuals have successfully completed. Further, AAMA social media posts have resulted in approximately 183,613 impressions. The AAMA’s initiative affirms the vital role that medical assistants and other allied health professionals play in increasing colorectal cancer screening and contributing to the 80% in Every Community campaign.

$1,000 Honoree:
Category: Cancer Coalition/State Roundtable
Arkansas Cancer Coalition, Little Rock, AR

The Arkansas Cancer Coalition’s (ACC’s) mission is to facilitate and provide partnerships to reduce the human suffering and economic burden from cancer for the citizens of Arkansas. Formed in 1992, the ACC has led a multi-faceted approach to increase colorectal cancer screening rates among Arkansans with the engagement of numerous state partners, including the Arkansas Department of Health, the American Cancer Society, clinic and health system administrators, clinicians, and policymakers, among others. Uniting behind the shared goal to increase colorectal cancer screening rates, ACC members have collaborated on multiple colorectal cancer public awareness, advocacy, and provider education efforts. Major accomplishments include the awarding of nearly $400,000 in competitive grants to foster screening rate improvements across the state, largely in rural counties with lower income populations. Between 2012 and 2018, statewide screening rates rose from 56% to 66%, increasing 10 percentage points in six years compared to the national rate increase of four percentage points during this same time period (65% to 69%).

$1,000 Honoree:
Category:
Physician Champion
Cynthia Yoshida, MD, Charlottesville, VA
Dr. Cynthia Yoshida is a gastroenterologist, professor and medical lead for the University of Virginia Cancer Center Colorectal Cancer Screening Program. She also co-chairs the newly revitalized Virginia Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. A longtime advocate for colorectal cancer screening, Dr. Yoshida has led the development of a multifaceted colorectal cancer screening program at UVA to enable improved access to quality screening for employees, patients, and under-resourced communities across Virginia. Her team has been integral in building out a free colorectal cancer screening program, which has provided screening for over 400 uninsured patients in rural Virginia. This work is currently being expanded through partnerships with gastroenterology practices to ensure timely follow up to positive FIT tests with free or negotiated rates for colonoscopies, thus developing a safety net for the uninsured. Dr. Yoshida has also served on a number of committees for the American Gastroenterological Association and has been an active member of the American College of Gastroenterology and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

$1,000 Honoree:
Category:
Community Health Center
Esperanza Health Centers, Chicago, IL

Founded in 2004, Esperanza Health Centers’ mission is to deliver health and hope for Chicago’s underserved communities. In 2016, Esperanza began applying their team-based care approach to increase colorectal cancer screening rates from a baseline of 43% in 2015. In this model, every patient works with a dedicated three-person team – care coordinator, medical assistant, and provider – with each team member’s skills leveraged to best effect. Also instrumental is Esperanza’s data dashboard, which tracks screening rates monthly and allows them to identify care teams that are exceeding their goals and capture and share their best practices. Screening rates climbed to 69% in 2016 and reached 80% in 2017, with rates remaining above 80% through 2019. In 2018 and 2019, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) designated Esperanza a National Quality Leader, an honor bestowed on fewer than 5% of federally qualified health centers nationwide. With COVID-19, care teams are focused on delivering fecal immunochemical tests (FITs) with prepaid mailers along with frequent reminders.

$1,000 Honoree:
Category: Free Clinic
St. Vincent de Paul Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ

St. Vincent de Paul Medical Center, a free clinic based in Phoenix, Arizona, works to sustainably increase the health and well-being of the community, by empowering those who have the greatest need, yet the least resources. Since its founding in 1977, the clinic has evolved into a comprehensive health center providing thousands of visits annually to patients who are largely uninsured, undocumented, and speak only Spanish. Prior to 2015, the clinic had not practiced preventative medicine and the colorectal cancer screening rate was 8%. The clinic began a quality improvement project to increase rates and developed a standardized protocol utilizing a medical assistant-driven fecal immunochemical test (FIT) program. Staff identified and implemented numerous best practices, including destigmatizing testing methods, establishing standing orders, adopting standardized protocols, implementing a user-friendly patient registry, and communicating regular reminders. For the past four consecutive years, the clinic has reached or exceeded screening rates of 80%. The clinic is now working to catalyze regional improvements by sharing best practices and resources with other Arizona Safety Net clinics.

 

To learn more about the NCCRT, and the 80% In Every Community initiative, visit https://nccrt.org/.

SOURCE American Cancer Society

For further information: Emily Butler Bell, NCCRT, American Cancer Society, 404.653.5228, Emily.Butler@cancer.org

CRC News: September 25, 2020

Dear NCCRT Members,

 

We hope you and your families are staying safe and well. We have a few updates to share with you this week.

 

Agenda Posted & Registration Opening Next Week!: 80% in Every Community Conference & NCCRT Annual Meeting

Next week you will receive an email inviting you to register for the annual meeting of the NCCRT membership, which is now expanding to include the 80% in Every Community Conference, to be held virtually on Monday, November 16th and Tuesday, November 17th.

Strategic Priority Team (formerly task groups) meetings will be held in the weeks leading up to the conference, and sign-ups are open now. The NCCRT Orientation session will also be held in advance of this year’s conference.

Please save the dates and visit the 2020 80% in Every Community Conference and NCCRT Annual Meeting webpage to view the agenda and learn about sponsorship opportunities.

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We Need Your Help to Find Best Practice Examples of CRC Screening During COVID-19!

What is your organization or healthcare setting doing to help patients continue getting screened for colorectal cancer during COVID-19? We’re looking for emerging best practices and innovations to share at our annual meeting and conference and on the 80% Blog. Please share what you are doing through this brief form!

NCCRT Leadership News

We wanted to share the news with you that NCCRT Steering Committee member, Dr. Durado Brooks, will be retiring from his position with the American Cancer Society early next month. Dr. Brooks began his career at ACS in 2000 and has served as the NCCRT’s permanent ACS representative to the NCCRT Steering Committee since that time. He has also co-chaired the NCCRT Community Health Center Task Group since 2012. Dr. Brooks’ work in colorectal cancer prevention and early detection and his unwavering commitment to health equity and reducing disparities will have a lasting impact on all of us and on our ongoing efforts to reach 80% in Every Community. Please join us in thanking Dr. Brooks for his many contributions to our mission and wishing him well in his next chapter.

Reminder: Call for NCCRT Steering Committee Nominations

We are currently seeking nominations for the NCCRT Steering Committee, which 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 November 2020 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 will be held virtually on November 16th and 17th.

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 NCCRT.

If you are interested in submitting your name to the Nominating Committee for consideration or would like to nominate someone, please email Emily Butler Bell at Emily.Butler@cancer.org by end of day Thursday, October 1st. Nominees are asked to submit a Statement of Interest (1,000 word maximum) along with a CV by this deadline.

Fight Colorectal Cancer Announces Grant Opportunity

Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC), an NCCRT member, announced a grant funding opportunity through the Catalyst State-by-State Advocacy Program which aims to accelerate progress toward turning aspirational colorectal cancer screening goals into reality by increasing access and reducing barriers to colorectal cancer screening. Grants will be provided to state-level programs that can demonstrate readiness to build coalition and partnership activity with the end goal of implementing state-level policy change to advance colorectal cancer screening. Grant awards will range from $10,000 to $50,000 and will be disbursed over a two-year period. Grant funding will be supplemented with action planning support and other technical assistance from Fight CRC. Learn more about the Catalyst Program and apply by the deadline on October 15, 2020.

New American Cancer Society Website for Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs

For over 20 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has provided training and technical assistance to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (CDC NCCCP) grantees and coalitions. As part of that technical assistance, ACS recently launched a new website, www.acs4ccc.org, which compiles ACS resources to inform the work of comprehensive cancer control (CCC) programs/coalitions. Explore links to webinars, toolkits and online courses produced by ACS CCC, as well as curated links to coalition-friendly info and resources from across the ACS enterprise — Roundtables, state data, health equity resources, and cancer guidelines.

 

Many thanks for the great work you do.

 

The NCCRT Team

 

 

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CRC News: September 10, 2020

 

Dear NCCRT Members,

We hope you and your families are staying safe and well. We have a few updates to share with you this week.

But first, we wish to share our heartfelt condolences with the family, friends, and fans of Chadwick Boseman, whose death serves as a sobering reminder that we have much work to do to tackle rising rates of colorectal cancer in young people and unacceptably high colorectal cancer death rates in the Black community. But it is his life and portrayal of the strength of the human spirit that inspires us to fight in his honor. We are humbled by the collective action that’s been taken to raise awareness that is following in the wake of his death. There are far too many examples to list here, but we’re inspired by the multitude of responses to his death, including this article from the New York Times featuring Rebecca Siegel, MPH, the scientific director of surveillance research at the American Cancer Society; this PSA about colorectal cancer and screening from gastroenterologists across the US; a PSA call to action to get screened from Dr. Rachel Issaka of Fred Hutch; a recent CNN piece by Dr. Folasade May of UCLA; as well as numerous statements and interactive conversations hosted by NCCRT members and other partners. We encourage you to follow @NCCRTnews and tag us in your posts to keep up this life-saving conversation.

Registration Opening Soon!: 80% in Every Community Conference & NCCRT Annual Meeting

Later this month registration will open for NCCRT’s annual meeting of the NCCRT membership, which is now expanding to include the 80% in Every Community Conference, to be held virtually on Monday, November 16th and Tuesday, November 17th from 1 to 4:30 pm ET each day. Task group meetings and our NCCRT Orientation session will be held in the weeks prior to the meeting. Timing for these sessions and registration will be announced in the next couple weeks. Meanwhile, please save the dates and learn more about the 2020 80% in Every Community Conference and NCCRT Annual Meeting, as well as sponsorship opportunities.

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 November 2020 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 will be held virtually on November 16th and 17th.

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 NCCRT.

If you are interested in submitting your name to the Nominating Committee for consideration or would like to nominate someone, please email Emily Butler Bell at Emily.Butler@cancer.org by end of day Thursday, October 1st. Nominees are asked to submit a Statement of Interest (1,000 word maximum) along with a CV by this deadline.

New Healthy People 2030 Goals Released

The Healthy People initiative addresses public health priorities by setting national objectives and tracking them over the decade. The newly released objective for colorectal cancer screening, Increase the proportion of adults who get screened for colorectal cancer — C‑07, aims to increase the proportion of adults who receive a colorectal cancer screening based on the most recent guidelines to 74.4 percent by 2030, which represents an increase from the previous Healthy People 2020 target of 70.5 percent. Healthy People 2030 also includes an objective to reduce the colorectal cancer death rate to 8.9 colorectal cancer deaths per 100,000 population and there is an objective that is under research to increase the proportion of persons with newly diagnosed colorectal cancer who receive genetic testing to identify Lynch syndrome (or familial colorectal cancer syndromes).

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Celebrating the Life of Dennis Ahnen, MD, Gastroenterologist, Researcher, and Advocate in the Fight Against Colorectal Cancer

It is with great sadness that we share that Dennis Ahnen, MD, a visionary leader in relentless pursuit of our shared goal to save lives from colorectal cancer, died at home surrounded by his family on August 16, 2020. In addition to his many contributions as a renowned gastroenterologist, researcher, and advocate, Dr. Ahnen was an enduring contributor to the NCCRT for many years. He was also a generous and genuine friend to so many of us.

Dr. Ahnen served as the co-chair of the NCCRT Family History and Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer Task Group from 2012, spearheading the group’s expansion from a focus on family history to include early age onset disease in 2016. He played a leadership role in convening a full day Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer Summit in December 2017, which helped define key research questions and action steps to guide NCCRT partners in addressing the emerging trends. Dr. Ahnen also served as an NCCRT Steering Committee member from 2014 to 2018, contributing much to the NCCRT’s first unified effort to reach or exceed 80% colorectal cancer screening rates nationwide, 80% by 2018, and later to our current 80% in Every Community campaign. He generously devoted his time and expertise to countless NCCRT publications, resources, and trainings, including leading a systematic review on what we know and don’t know about family history and colorectal cancer; conducting a major survey of GIs, primary care providers and geneticists to determine what clinicians should be collecting about a patient’s family history in their EHRs; and leading development of a cutting edge module for clinicians to help them improve their processes around family history collection and the actions that family history should trigger.   

Dennis was a natural leader who radiated a very genuine warmth, fun, optimism, and curiosity. His curiosity helped the rest of us see things that we wouldn’t normally see, coupled with a unique ability to explain his vision in an accessible way that very gently brought the rest of us along to solutions that have saved and will ultimately save many lives.   

Dr. Richard Wender, NCCRT chair, shared his reflections on Dr. Ahnen and his lasting contributions to our shared work: “There is no shortage of incredible leaders in the national effort to increase colorectal cancer screening, but Dennis’ passion and commitment to the cause were truly exceptional. To honor his legacy, I’m pleased to announce that this year we are honoring Dr. Ahnen with the Roundtable’s Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. We were able to share the news with Dennis and his wife Carol a few weeks ago and he was truly touched. We hope you’ll join us at the 2020 80% in Every Community Conference and Annual Meeting of our membership to learn more about his work and celebrate his life. His legacy lives on in our work and his memory will further inspire our commitment to saving lives from this disease for years to come. We will all miss him very much.”

Dr. Ahnen’s contributions in his career as a clinician, researcher, and advocate are innumerable, leading him to receive additional high honors in his field, including the American Gastroenterological Association William Beaumont Prize, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Gastrointestinal Cancers, and the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Laurel Award for National Leadership.

Please join us in expressing our sincere condolences to Dr. Ahnen’s family. Visit his memorial webpage to learn more about Dr. Ahnen’s many contributions and to leave your own tribute message. The site will be updated soon to include information about how to participate in his Celebration of Life on Saturday October 3rd at 3PM Mountain Standard Time

CRC News: August 19, 2020

Dear NCCRT Members,

We hope you and your families are staying safe and well. We have a few updates to share with you this week.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates Reach 45.6% In FQHCs in 2019

The UDS (Uniform Data System) colorectal cancer screening rate reached 45.6% in 2019, which amounts to a 16 percentage point increase since the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) began tracking colorectal cancer screening as a UDS measure in 2012. Furthermore, 28 health centers reached the 80% goal in 2019. The NCCRT would like to congratulate our partners at HRSA and the National Association for Community Health Centers (NACHC) for championing efforts to increase CRC screening among their grantee and member health centers partners. And most of all, we’d like to share a huge round of applause for the staff and providers at health centers for their persistence and innovation in working day in and day out to provide eligible patients with the opportunity to screen for this largely preventable disease. Visit the HRSA website to learn more about the UDS measure and to find the UDS screening rate for health centers in your state. Visit NCCRT’s Data & Progress webpage to learn about our progress with other national measures.

Reminder: Seeking COVID-19 & CRC Screening Emerging Best Practices

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting colorectal cancer screening rates in unprecedented ways (see NCCRT’s recent “Playbook” on reinvigorating CRC screening amidst COVID-19). Our members and partners are eager to learn from each other about the innovative approaches we’re implementing to both continue CRC screening and communicate that screening is still important and can be done safely in the communities we serve. Does your organization have an emerging best practice to share? If so, please share! Examples could include a clinical workflow that ensures patients with an abnormal stool test get prioritized for colonoscopy, a letter from a health plan to members, an emerging plan to implement Flu-FIT in a drive-through setting this fall, and more. Please share your examples through this form and we will share in 80% Blog posts in the coming weeks.

Reminder: Save the Date for the 80% in Every Community Conference & NCCRT Annual Meeting!

Please be sure to save the data for NCCRT’s annual meeting of the NCCRT membership, which is now expanding to include the 80% in Every Community Conference, to be held virtually on Monday, November 16th and Tuesday, November 17th from 1-4:30pm ET each day. Task group meetings and our NCCRT Orientation session will be held in the weeks prior to the meeting. Timing for these sessions and registration will be announced in the coming weeks. Learn more about the 2020 80% in Every Community Conference and NCCRT Annual Meeting, as well as sponsorship opportunities.

New Multimedia Resources from the Colon Cancer Prevention Project

The Kentucky-based NCCRT member recently released two new resources:

• The new “Cancer Fight” podcast shares stories about colorectal cancer through interviews with survivors and those who are involved professionally or as advocates, with some guests wearing multiple hats. New podcasts are released on Tuesday mornings. Find the episodes on Spotify Anchor or Apple Podcasts.

• A new documentary on early age onset colorectal cancer in Kentucky, “Preventing a Killer: A Documentary”, was recently broadcast on Kentucky Educational Television, the state PBS affiliate.

Relevant Journal Articles and Publications

• A white paper published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, AGA White Paper: Roadmap for the Future of Colorectal Cancer Screening in the United States, posits “a ‘one-size-fits-al’ approach to CRC screening has not and is unlikely to result in increased screening uptake or desired outcomes due to barriers stemming from behavioral, cultural, and socioeconomic causes, especially when combined with inefficiencies in deployment of screening technologies.” The authors propose solutions to overcoming these barriers, including the use of multiple screening modalities, continued development of noninvasive screening tests, and improved personal risk assessment.

• A recent commentary published in J Natl Cancer Inst, The COVID-19 Pandemic: Identifying Adaptive Solutions for Colorectal Cancer Screening in Underserved Communities, describes challenges and opportunities to deliver COVID-adapted CRC screening to medically underserved populations receiving care in community health centers.

• An update to a May 4th study published by Epic Health Research Network, Delayed Cancer Screenings—A Second Look, finds colorectal cancer screenings have rebounded to some degree, but June 16 weekly volumes remained 36% lower than their pre-COVID-19 levels for CRC screenings.

• An update to a previous report from IQVIA Institute, Reopening the U.S. Healthcare System: Tracking the Pandemic, Reopening Readiness, And Health Services Utilization, also finds the number of colonoscopy procedures is rising, but is still below pre-pandemic levels (page 18).

• A systemic review published in the Journal of Community Health, Systematic Review of Interventions to Increase Stool Blood Colorectal Cancer Screening in African Americans, found effective strategies to increase stool blood testing included mailed stool blood tests augmented by patient navigation, tailored educational materials, and follow-up calls or mailings to increase trust in the patient-provider relationship.

• A recent paper in J Natl Cancer Inst, Comparing the cost-effectiveness of innovative colorectal cancer screening tests, evaluated the cost-effectiveness of screening with capsule endoscopy every 5 or 10 years, computed tomographic colonography (CTC) every 5 years, the multi-target stool DNA (mtSDNA) test every 1 or 3 years, and the methylated SEPT9 DNA plasma assay (mSEPT9) every 1 or 2 years.

 

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CRC News: July 31, 2020

Dear NCCRT Members and 80% Partners,

We hope you and your families are staying safe and well. We have a few updates to share with you this week.

Seeking COVID-19 & CRC Screening Emerging Best Practices

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting colorectal cancer screening rates in unprecedented ways (see NCCRT’s recent “Playbook” on reinvigorating CRC screening amidst COVID-19). Our members and partners are eager to learn from each other about the innovative approaches we’re implementing to both continue CRC screening and communicate that screening is still important and can be done safely in the communities we serve. Does your organization have an emerging best practice to share? If so, please share! Examples could include a clinical workflow that ensures patients with an abnormal stool test get prioritized for colonoscopy, a letter from a health plan to members, an emerging plan to implement Flu-FIT in a drive-through setting this fall, and more. Please share your examples through this form and we will share in 80% Blog posts in the coming weeks.

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Replay & Slides: Webinar on CRC Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In case you missed it, a replay of the July 23rd webinar, Reigniting Colorectal Cancer Screening as Communities Face and Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic, is now available. The webinar featured discussions with lead authors of NCCRT’s new report on colorectal cancer screening during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report, which was released on June 30, provides an action-oriented playbook for how NCCRT members, 80% pledged partners, and colorectal cancer screening advocates across the nation can work together to reignite our screening efforts appropriately, safely, and equally for all communities.

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Relevant Journal Articles and Publications

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The NCCRT Team

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CRC News: July 14, 2020

Dear NCCRT Members and 80% Partners,

We hope you and your families are staying safe and well. We have a few updates to share with you this week.

Webinar: Reigniting Colorectal Cancer Screening as Communities Face and Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020

Time: 2:00 to 3:00 PM ET

We hope you will be able to join us on July 23 in a discussion about the NCCRT’s new report on colorectal cancer screening during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report, which released on June 30, provides an action-oriented playbook for how NCCRT members, 80% pledged partners, and colorectal cancer screening advocates across the nation can work together to reignite our screening efforts appropriately, safely, and equally for all communities. During this webinar, we will hear from the report’s lead authors, an expert panel that will share the report’s four aligning statements as well as a summary of findings. Time will be allocated for an ample Q&A after presentations.

Pre-registration is required.
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CDC Announces 35 New CRCCP Grantees

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) recently announced the latest cohort of grantees, which includes 35 award recipients—19 states, 8 universities, 2 tribal organizations, and 6 other organizations. The purpose of the program is to increase colorectal cancer screening rates among people between 50 and 75 years of age by implementing evidence-based interventions and providing screening and follow-up services for a limited number of program-eligible people. Learn about some of the innovative ways in which current and former CRCCP awardees have increased colorectal cancer screening rates in their communities.

Also from CDC, is a recent blog post from Lisa C. Richardson, MD, MPH, Director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control and NCCRT Steering Committee member. Dr. Richardson shares her recent experience of getting a routine checkup and cancer screening during the pandemic.

New Publication Finds Growing Disparities in CRC Mortality in Rural Areas

A recent publication in JCO Oncology Practice, Rural Cancer Disparities in the United States: A Multilevel Framework to Improve Access to Care and Patient Outcomes, finds age-standardized colorectal cancer death rates from 2013 to 2017 were among the highest quintile in Kentucky, West Virginia, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana, all states with large rural populations. In earlier years, colorectal cancer death rates were high in all states, and disparities were much less pronounced.

 

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National Colorectal Cancer Organizations Release Guidance on Screening Tests Amid COVID-19

The guidance, “Reigniting Colorectal Cancer Screening as Communities Face and Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” consolidates research findings and recommendations developed by expert bodies and provides a playbook enabling advocates to work together in reigniting screening efforts appropriately, safely and equally.

Americans are at risk of 18,800 estimated missed or delayed diagnoses of CRC from early March through early June due to delayed or canceled colonoscopy screening tests and patient fears about COVID-19. Delayed diagnoses could result in more than 4,500 additional CRC deaths over the next decade.

These estimates add to preexisting screening disparities in underserved populations.

“We have an urgent need to help everyone be screened for colorectal cancer,” said Dr. Rich Wender, NCCRT Chair. “Now we have the guidance needed to offer safe, accessible screening for everyone.”

The guidance provides four aligning statements to coordinate a national response to screening delays and declines, abbreviated below.

1. Despite the pandemic, CRC remains a public health priority, and we must remind the public about safe opportunities to prevent and detect colorectal polyps and cancer.

2. Colonoscopy remains safe, and identifying patients who should receive higher priority for colonoscopic screening is critical.

3. While the pandemic may limit elective screening colonoscopy in some regions, screening can be conducted safely through at-home stool-based tests. 

4. Reigniting screening activities will be highly dependent upon local regulatory requirements, public health priorities, and policy change.

“We can be safe in a pandemic and continue saving lives,” said Michael Sapienza, CEO of the Alliance. “COVID-19 demands that we find new solutions to encourage and make possible CRC screening tests for all communities. We ask that healthcare providers and organizations don’t lose sight of the risk presented by CRC in lieu of COVID-19.”

In 2020, the American Cancer Society estimates 147,950 will be diagnosed with CRC and approximately 53,200 will die, making CRC the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. when men and women are combined.

The guidance originates from an Alliance and NCCRT meeting in May that convened experts to discuss how to limit the effects of COVID-19 on CRC diagnoses.

About the Colorectal Cancer Alliance

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is a national nonprofit committed to ending colorectal cancer. More at www.ccalliance.org.

About the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable

The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, established by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1997, is a national coalition dedicated to reducing the incidence of and mortality from colorectal cancer in the U.S. More at www.nccrt.org/.

Contact:

Steven Bushong
sbushong@ccalliance.org
(330) 957-0484