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CRC News – Week of September 18, 2017

CRC News – Week of September 18, 2017
The following email news update was shared with NCCRT members and partners on Tuesday, September 21st, 2017. Please email [email protected] to subscribe to our regular email updates.

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

Please email Caleb Levell, NCCRT Program Manager, ([email protected]) with your suggestions or with any questions related to the RFP. The deadline to email notification of intent to apply and ask questions is due October 20, 2017. The proposal due date is October 27, 2017. All questions and answers will be posted to this webpage.

Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage month kicked off on September 15th!  If you are conducting any initiatives related to the month, we encourage you to consider the advice and resources available in the NCCRT Hispanics/Latinos and Colorectal Cancer Companion Guide. The Companion Guide includes:

◾Perceptions about colorectal cancer and barriers to screening among unscreened Hispanics/Latinos

◾Recommendations for reaching unscreened Hispanics/Latinos

◾Spanish language tested messages

In addition, you may find this infographic with key messages, developed by the American Gastroenterological Association, useful to share with providers and public health professionals who are looking to reach this priority audience.   Many thanks to Hannah M. Herrington, Senior Patient Communications Manager for sharing this resource with us.

Coming Soon… is Getting an Update!
Starting October 3rd, will have a fresh new look with new features to make it even easier for you to find the tools and resources you need to support your work to increase colorectal cancer screening.  New features will include interactive maps that allow you to explore the partners that have pledged 80% by 2018 in each state; a new Resource Center, which is a searchable database that will allow you to identify and select evidence-based innovations and tools to help you in your work; and ways to share your signature tools and resources with our community. Visit on October 3rd to start exploring the new site!   A huge thank you to the many NCCRT friends who helped get the site where it is, including Melinda Baker, April Barry, Barry Berger, Heather Dacus, Anjee Davis, Andi Dwyer, Stacey Fedewa, David Greenwald, Heather Hampel, Djenaba Joseph, Elizabeth Mendes, Angela Moore, Lauren Rosenthal, Jennifer Sienko, Michael Sola, Tamar Wallace and especially, Emily Bell!

Success Story:  New Blog on Systems of Support to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening
Dr. Bev Green at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute wrote a blogpost about her work that was previously mentioned in CRC news.  Please feel free to share the link with others who might be interested. (Kaiser Permanente is @KPWaResearch on Twitter and Facebook.)   Many thanks to Dr. Chris Tachibana, Scientific Editor, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute for sharing the blog with us.

The 2017 80% by 2018 Partner Survey is Open
Our third annual 80% by 2018 Partner Survey should have arrived in your inbox last week by way of an email from NCCRT Chair Dr. Richard Wender. The survey is designed to help us better understand how the organization you represent is advancing colorectal cancer screening and how we can better support those efforts. We’re especially eager to get your feedback this year since it will help inform how we double down on our efforts in the last 16 months of the 80% by 2018 initiative and begin to plan our work beyond 2018. We would greatly appreciate it if you would complete the survey, using your personalized link included in the email, by Friday, September 29th.

Register for 80% by 2018 Progress Webinar, to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 3rd at 1:00pm ET:
Just a reminder to register for a special upcoming webinar 80% by 2018 Progress, which will feature NCCRT Chair and ACS Chief Cancer Control Officer, Dr. Richard Wender.  The webinar will be held at 1:00pm ET on Tuesday, October 3rd.  The purpose of the webinar is look at the latest CRC screening measures and discuss what they tell us about our progress and challenges, discuss the urgency needed over the next 15 months and share plans for the transition to the next phase of our colorectal cancer screening work.  This webinar will be open to NCCRT members, ACS staff, 80% by 2018 pledgers, CDC grantees and others interested in the effort.  You must be pre-registered to join the webinar.


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