Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: A Manual for Community Health Centers

This manual provides step-by-step instructions to help community health centers implement processes that will reduce physician workload and increase colorectal cancer screening. Important topics, such as conducting baseline screening rates, assessing capacity and preparing your team are covered. The goal of this manual is to offer practical advice for implementing expert-endorsed recommendations one step at a time.

The manual is organized into three primary sections: 1) An Introduction that provides information on the importance of colorectal cancer screening; 2) Steps to Increase Cancer Screening Rates, which maps out a plan for improving your screening rates and gives step by step instructions for doing so; and 3) The Appendices, which provides field-tested tools, templates, and resources to get you started.

We suggest that you use the manual in segments, focusing on the three or four pages of information you need at a time, and make good use of the appendices, which have several templates, tools, and resources to save you time.

If you use the live links throughout the manual, you can get back to where you were by pressing “Alt+Left Arrow” on a PC or “Command+Left Arrow” on a Mac.

View the September 11, 2014 webinar introducing the new manual.

The manual serves as a supplement to the existing How to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in Practice: A Primary Care Clinician’s Evidenced based Toolbox and Guide.

Note: The NCCRT issued a request for proposals to update, revise, and modernize this signature NCCRT resource in July 2020. We expect to release the updated manual in late 2020 or early 2021. 

Strategy Paper on Expanding Colorectal Cancer Screening at Community Health Centers

The NCCRT issued a strategy paper entitled, “Strategies for expanding colorectal cancer screening at community health centers ,” which has been published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.  The Strategy Paper emerged from the Summit on Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening in the Community Health Center setting that the NCCRT hosted in June 2013.

Promoting Cancer Screening within the Patient Centered Medical Home

This NCCRT commissioned article, published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, helps frame the needs and opportunities with respect to integrating cancer screening into the medical home.

This article is a result of a meeting that the NCCRT convened in September 2010 on integrating cancer screening into the patient centered medical home.