Rural Health Issues Summit Report (2009)

The NCCRT, in collaboration with the Center for Colon Cancer Research, USC, hosted a rural health issues summit. The purpose of the summit was to:

  • Shed light on the unique challenges that shape our rural communities, from health disparities to the geography of our states.
  • Identify barriers and exchange solutions to strengthen existing and developing colorectal cancer screening, navigation and awareness programs.
  • Identify policy needs and legislative initiatives related to colorectal cancer issues, particularly those that are unique to the rural setting.
  • Ensure the continuity and quality of colorectal cancer screening and awareness initiatives for our rural communities.

Download the report summarizing highlights from the day’s proceedings.

Boston Site Visit Report (2008)

The NCCRT, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health-Division of Public Health Practice, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the Boston Medical Center, convened local, state, and national leaders to discuss colorectal cancer programs in Massachusetts, and in particular those in Boston.

This discussion aimed to support the NCCRT in gaining an understanding of local colorectal cancer issues and how they are being addressed in an effort to share lessons learned with NCCRT members.

Download the report summarizing highlights from the day’s proceedings.

White Paper on Public Awareness

A draft white paper on public awareness and corresponding slide set is now available that reviews existing education research and programs designed to increase colorectal cancer screening awareness and/or utilization, fill knowledge-gaps, and provide considerations for strengthening future education and research initiatives.

Download the printable slide set.

Rural Messaging Campaign Kit

The Center for Colon Cancer Research (CCCR) at the University of South Carolina, the NCCRT, the South Carolina Cancer Alliance, the Colon Cancer Alliance, and the American Cancer Society – South Atlantic Division have developed one of the first unified, multi-state colon cancer awareness campaigns.

The goal of the kit is to provide a variety of tools focused on messaging for rural communities to leverage in increasing public awareness about this preventable disease. Recognizing the diversity of target audiences across communities, you will find two very different campaign designs to choose from.

Contact Kendra McBride ( at the Center for Colon Cancer Research to inquire about receiving a copy of the kit.

The Electronic Medical Records Report is designed to help both the clinician who already has an electronic medical record and one who is considering buying one. The report includes a list of electronic health record features that are needed to improve the delivery of colorectal cancer screening. Download the report.

Issue Brief on Cost Sharing for Preventive Services in the Private Sector Setting (2012)

The Affordable Care Act requires that private plans provide all US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended preventative services with no cost sharing, including screening for colorectal cancer. This protection applies to new plans for plan years beginning on or after September 23rd, 2010.

Unfortunately, this consumer protection is not being experienced equally by all consumers. A consumer may or may not face cost sharing for a screening colonoscopy, depending on the provider they use, the insurer that administers their plan, or the state in which they live.

This Issue Brief gives an overview of how this consumer protection is being applied and what some of the issues are.

Download Cost Sharing for Preventive Services in the Private Sector Setting.


Family PLZ! is an NCCRT colorectal cancer awareness campaign with a special focus on family history that targets the younger population.

Family PLZ! focuses on the importance of learning your family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, sharing this information with your doctor and loved ones, and getting the younger generation to start conversations about health and screening.

We have tools to help promote Family PLZ! that are free and available to use, including:

  • Downloadable posters and palm cards,
  • Facebook application,
  • Animated video, and
  • Web banner ads

The campaign was developed in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic, the Colon Cancer Alliance and the Art Center College of Design.

The campaign will allow us to talk to young people about colorectal cancer on their terms in their environments. We want them to use their energy to spur their family members to get screened and to talk with their families about family history.

Use the campaign materials in March–or through out the year to give a special reminder about colorectal cancer screening and the importance of knowing your family history.

The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation provided financial and advisory support in the development of this campaign. This website was supported by CDC Cooperative Agreement Number U50/DP001863. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

The Family Plz! concept and original design template was created by students at Art Center College of Design, under the leadership of Designmatters at Art Center, the College’s social impact design department.

Coverage of Colorectal Cancer Media Audit

The NCCRT sought to examine colorectal cancer messaging in television and print media. The purpose was to describe and categorize content in articles or transcripts providing relevant colorectal cancer information and address two guiding research questions:

  • How have colorectal cancer messages evolved over time?
  • How do colorectal cancer messages vary between March (National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month) and non-campaign months?

Download our printable slide set.

Audit of Colorectal Cancer Online Conversations

This report summarizes an audit of online conversations about colorectal cancer to better understand how people are talking about colorectal cancer in online spaces and better position ourselves for future outreach opportunities.

Download our printable slide set.

Summit on Implementing High Quality Stool Blood Testing Programs (2009)

In 2009, NCCRT’s Quality Assurance Task Group convened a summit to develop guidance on implementing high quality stool blood testing programs.

Download the printable slide set to review a summary of the findings.