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CRC News: January 23, 2019

CRC News: January 23, 2019

Hello NCCRT Members & 80% Partners,

We hope you are staying warm this winter! We have several exciting updates to share with all of you.

March 7th Event Registration & New 80% in Every Community Materials

It’s 2019 and we are hitting the ground running with our new campaign!

First, we hope you will join us on March 7th when the NCCRT, Fight Colorectal Cancer, the American Cancer Society, Mayo Clinic, Exact Sciences, and UPS join forces during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with partners around the country to launch our next campaign to reach an 80% colorectal cancer screening rate nationwide. This signature event and live broadcast will take place in Atlanta on March 7, 2019 to not only celebrate national achievements and outstanding contributions to our cause, but to also emphasize the areas where we must continue to improve in order to achieve an 80% colorectal cancer screening rate in every community. Learn more and register to attend in person or watch the live broadcast. Watch parties are encouraged! Lastly, connect with us on social media with #80inEveryCommunity.

Second, new campaign materials are now available on our website. Learn about 80% in Every Community, read the campaign FAQs, download the campaign logo, find key colorectal cancer screening data and statistics, and more. New materials, included talking points and press materials, will be added in the next few weeks. Please bookmark this webpage and visit often to learn how you can be a part of our efforts to achieve an 80% colorectal cancer screening rate. We’ll also share updates in future CRC News.

Registration Now Open

Webinar: Colorectal Cancer Screening Data Set Update: How are We Doing on our Efforts to Reach 80%?

Date: January 28th
Time: 1:00 to 2:00 PM ET

Registration is now open for our next webinar on Monday, July 28th from 1:00 to 2:00pm ET, during which we’ll look at the latest data that informs how we are doing as a nation with our efforts to reach an 80% colorectal cancer screening rate. The webinar will include a review of the key colorectal cancer screening data sets: NHIS, BRFSS, UDS, and HEDIS. You will hear from experts as they give an update on where we are progressing and where we still need to focus, to help inform your work ahead. (Note: this webinar is a repeat of a panel that was hosted at the 2018 NCCRT Annual Meeting.However, members that attended this panel may still want to register since the webinar will feature two additional expert speakers.)

Speakers include: Andrea (Andi) Dwyer, The Colorado School of Public Health; Stacey Fedewa, PhD, American Cancer Society; Djenaba Joseph, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; Mew Rattanawatkul, MPH, Health Resources & Services Administration; and Mary Barton, MD, MPP, National Committee for Quality Assurance.

The webinar is open to NCCRT members, 80% partners, CDC grantees, ACS staff, and new partners interested in getting engaged in colorectal cancer screening efforts. You must be pre-registered to join.

Learn More and Register

Welcome to New NCCRT Steering Committee Members!

The NCCRT membership voted to welcome four new members to the NCCRT Steering Committee at the 2018 NCCRT Annual Meeting last fall. Please join us in welcoming Cecelia Brewington, MD, FACR of UT Southwestern Medical Center; Anne Carlson of the Colon Cancer Coalition, Jordan Karlitz, MD of Tulane University School of Medicine, and Annie Thibault of the Center for Colon Cancer Research. And while we are excited each year to welcome the new steering committee members, it is bittersweet since it means that a couple of our long-time colleagues have rotated off. Drs. Dennis Ahnen and Heather Dacus rotated off the committee in 2018, but we have every intention of continuing to work together.

Welcome to New NCCRT Members!

We also welcomed several new NCCRT member organizations and corporate associates in the 2018. New members added in 2018 include:

  • Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia
  • Catch it in Time
  • CCARE Lynch Syndrome – Colon Cancer Alliance for Research & Education for Lynch Syndrome
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s Geographic Health Equity Alliance
  • DC Primary Care Association
  • Eiken Chemical Co., Ltd. (Corporate Associate)
  • Fayette County Health Department (IL)
  • GCA Centre for Adult Autism
  • Iowa Department of Public Health
  • North Dakota Department of Health
  • The Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Quidel Corporation (Corporate Associate)
  • Stephanie Harju, RN, BSN, CCM
  • Strides for Life Colon Cancer Foundation
  • Surgery on Sunday Louisville, Inc.
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center
  • University of South Carolina Colorectal Cancer Control Program
  • Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program – Screen for Life WI

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to these new NCCRT members! Learn more about NCCRT membership.

NCCRT Workshop at Dialogue for Action & Call for Abstracts

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 24-26, 2019 at the Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport in Arlington, VA.

NCCRT plans to host a workshop during the preconference session on Wednesday, April 24th from 9:00 to 10:20 AM ET. The workshop, 80% in Every Community Communications Guidebook: Recommended Messages for Reaching the Unscreened, will introduce participants to the upcoming 80% in Every Community Communications Guidebook, which will provide tested messages and advice for reaching key populations. Many thanks to our friends at the Prevent Cancer Foundation for generously sharing their meeting space with us. View the agenda and register.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation has also put out a call for abstracts for the conference. The 2019 Dialogue poster session theme is “Building Community Health and Prosperity through Cancer Screening or Prevention”. The submission deadline is Friday, February 15th at 5:00 PM ET. Please contact Ann Mallari at [email protected] with any questions.

Funding Opportunity: Colorectal Cancer Prevention Grant

Through the Chris4Life Research Program, the Colorectal Cancer Alliance has announced a grant opportunity in the area of prevention and early detection. One grant in the amount of $150,000 will be awarded over a two-year period to support this work. Learn more here.

Relevant Journal Articles, Reports, and New Stories

  • The United States Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) has opened a public comment period on their Draft Research Plan for Colorectal Cancer Screening. The final Research Plan will be used to guide a systematic review of the evidence by researchers at an Evidence-based Practice Center, and the resulting Evidence Review will form the basis of the USPSTF Recommendation Statement on the topic of colorectal cancer screening. We encourage NCCRT members to review the draft plan and consider submitting comment that will aid the evidence review process. This deadline for public comment is January 30th.
  • A recent paper appeared in Preventive Medicine, entitled Population health interventions to improve colorectal cancer screening by fecal immunochemical tests: A systematic review. The authors conducted a systematic review to examine the evidence of efficacy of interventions to improve FIT completion.
  • In December 2018 the Colorectal Cancer Alliance released the 2018 Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Survey Report, which highlights the experiences of patients, survivors, and caregivers. Among other findings, the third annual study shows that 71% of young people with colorectal cancer are diagnosed at advanced stages of the disease, stages III or IV. Thank you to Dr. Ronit Yarden, the Alliance’s director of medical affairs, for bringing this report to our attention.

Many thanks to all of you for the important work you do. Have a good week!

The NCCRT Team


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