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. 

Report on Use of Electronic Medical Records to Facilitate Colorectal Cancer Screening in Community Health Centers

The NCCRT joined with the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Community Health Centers to issue a report entitled, “Use of Electronic Medical Records to Facilitate Colorectal Cancer Screening in Community Health Centers.”  The purpose of this study was to gather insights from individuals who use electronic medical records (EMRs) in community health centers about the use of EMRs to facilitate colorectal cancer screening, including for those with a family history of the disease. To meet this goal, the NCCRT commissioned Aeffect Inc. to conduct a series of qualitative interviews with clinicians and technical staff in community health centers (CHCs) across the country. This report provides important recommendations about the barriers, opportunities, and next steps needed to enhance effective use of EMRs in community health centers.