Colorectal Cancer Screening Best Practices For Hospitals And Health Systems – July 18, 2018

This webinar hosted on Wednesday, July 18 announced the release of the Colorectal Cancer Screening Best Practices Handbook for Hospitals and Health SystemsThe purpose of the webinar was to familiarize participants with the new handbook, review critical steps for hospitals and health systems to take in advancing colorectal cancer screening efforts, and learn from two health system leaders about their experiences implementing colorectal cancer screening interventions, as featured in the handbook. This webinar was patterned after a workshop on the topic featured at the 2017 NCCRT Annual Meeting.

Speakers include: 

  • Mary Doroshenk, Director, NCCRT
  • Andrew Albert, MD, MPH, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Amanda Bohleber, MD, Medical Director, Deaconess Clinic

The webinar was moderated by the Co-Chairs of the NCCRT Professional Education and Practice Implementation Task Group, Michael Potter, MD, University of California, San Francisco and Dorothy Lane, MD, MPH, American College of Preventive Medicine.

Risk Assessment and Screening Toolkit to Detect Familial, Hereditary, and Early Onset Colorectal Cancer – June 19, 2018

This webinar introduced a new NCCRT resource for primary care providers, Risk Assessment and Screening Toolkit to Detect Familial, Hereditary and Early Onset Colorectal Cancer.  The new toolkit aims to improve the ability of primary care clinicians to systematically collect, document, and act on a family history of CRC and adenomas polyps, while also educating clinicians on the need for more timely diagnostic testing for young adults who present with alarm signs or symptoms of CRC and ensuring that those patients receive a proper diagnostic work up.  Speakers include:

  • Emily Edelman, MS, CGC, Associate Director, Clinical & Continuing Education, The Jackson Laboratory;
  • Dennis Ahnen, MD, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado School of Medicine, NCCRT Steering Committee, NCCRT Co-Chair Family History and Early Age Onset CRC Task Group;
  • Paul Schroy, MD, MPH,  Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, NCCRT Co-Chair Family History and Early Age Onset CRC Task Group;
  • Thomas Weber, MD, Director of Surgical Oncology, Northwest Region at Northwell Health, NCCRT Chair Emeritus, NCCRT Co-Chair Family History and Early Age Onset CRC Task Group. 


Colorectal Cancer Screening Guideline Update – May 30, 2018

 On May 30, 2018, the American Cancer Society released a new colorectal cancer screening guideline, published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. The new guideline recommends that adults at average risk for colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45. The guideline was changed, based in part, on new data showing rates of colorectal cancer are increasing in younger populations.  As a result, the American Cancer Society updated the guideline to save more lives by finding colorectal cancer early, when treatment is more likely to be successful and by detecting and removing polyps, which contributes to the prevention of colorectal cancer. 

This webinar assists NCCRT members and 80% partners by answering common questions, reviewing the evidence-base behind the guideline, and discussing how it will apply in a clinical setting.  


  • Rich Wender, MD, Chief Cancer Control Officer, ACS, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) Chair
  • Robert Smith, PhD, VP, Cancer Screening, ACS, NCCRT Co-Chair
  • Durado Brooks, MD, MPH, VP of Cancer Control Interventions, NCCRT Steering Committee/Co-Chair Community Health Center Task Group
  • Caroline Powers, Federal Affairs Director, ACS CAN

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Developing State-Level Colorectal Cancer Coalitions (Roundtables) – May 2, 2018

This webinar was a repeat of one of our most highly rated workshops from the 2017 Annual Meeting. This webinar unveiled the new Guide to the Development of State Level Colorectal Cancer Coalitions as well as a companion piece, an action-oriented summary report and workbook. The webinar begins by taking a look at the ten tasks which help coalitions initiate, maintain, and grow their efforts. Then, presenters speak to their experiences and lessons learned from two states, Kentucky and California. These two states were some of the earliest leaders in establishing successful state level colorectal cancer coalitions, and their expertise was instrumental in the development of these resources.


  • Caleb Levell, Program Manager, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (Presenter/Moderator)
  • Katie Bathje, MA, Program Director of the Kentucky Cancer Consortium
  • Shauntay Davis, MPH, Program Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program at the California Department of Public Health

Innovative Ways To Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Among The Underserved – February 20, 2018

This webinar was a repeat of one of our most highly rated workshops from the NCCRT meeting last month. The purpose of the webinar was to move beyond describing the challenges of reaching the underserved to showcasing innovative solutions, including using systems change to increase colorectal cancer screening in a multi-ethnic community; providing an example of how local health departments can team up with academics on community engagement; and partnering with emergency departments to reach rural residents who don’t have a primary care provider.


  • Joseph Ravenell, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Population Health and Medicine; Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs and Inclusion at NYU School of Medicine; NCCRT Steering Committee (Presenter/Moderator)
  • Karen E. Kim, MD, Professor of Medicine, Dean, Faculty Affairs, Associate Director, Cancer Disparities, the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Jenna Hatcher, RN, PhD, MPH, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Kentucky, College of Nursing

How To Assure Follow Up Colonoscopy For Positive FIT From The Process Side – January 30, 2018

This webinar was a repeat of one of our most highly rated workshops from the NCCRT meeting last month. The purpose of the webinar was to review evidence and processes to help ensure that patients obtain a follow-up colonoscopy after a positive test result.


  • Kevin Selby, MD, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
  • Amanda Petrik, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research
  • Frank Colangelo, MD, FACP, Premier Medical Associates
  • Jason A. Dominitz, MD, MHS, FASGE, AGAF Department of Veterans Affairs

Note:  This webinar will not address access issues. For advice on securing access to colonoscopy, check out our webinars on Links of Care from 2017 and 2015. For more general guidance on implementing FIT screening programs, view this webinar or check out our new resource on stool based testing.

Employer Strategies For Success – November 30, 2017

This American Cancer Society webinar explored how employers can impact their employees’ health through colorectal cancer screening interventions. The webinar began with a brief introduction to steps employers can take to increase screening rates at their company and then featured three corporate partners who have implemented effective strategies. The webinar also discussed how the language of the 80% by 2018 initiative is transitioning as we look into 2018 and beyond. Speakers included special corporate guest presenters from Ameren, AT&T, and Progressive Insurance.

Review the brief, What Can Employers Do To Advance The 80% Screening Goal?, to start learning how employers can be part of the national effort to make sure 80% of adults ages 50 and older are regularly screened for colorectal cancer.

Colorectal Cancer Screening In American Indian & Alaska Native Communities – November 28, 2017

This webinar explored the opportunities and barriers related to delivering quality colorectal cancer screening and follow-up care in health care settings serving American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. The webinar provided a review of basic basic data on colorectal cancer incidence, mortality, and screening rates in AI/AN populations, an overview of the American Cancer Society and the NCCRT’s work to address this issue, and presentations from two AI/AN-serving healthcare systems about their innovative approaches to increasing colorectal cancer screening.

Learn more about the American Cancer Society and the NCCRT’s work to address this issue in the post-meeting report from the April 2016 one-day summit to explore the challenges and potential solutions to improving access to quality colorectal cancer screening in this population.


  • Kris Rhodes, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, American Indian Cancer Foundation (Moderator)
  • Laura Makaroff, DO, Senior Director, Cancer Control Intervention, American Cancer Society, Inc.
  • Jessica Deaton, RN, BSN, Care Manager, Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
  • Richard Mousseau, MS, Director, Community Health Prevention Programs, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board

80% by 2018 Progress – October 3, 2017

This webinar shared an update on our progress in the 80% by 2018 initiative. The purpose of the webinar was to look at the latest colorectal cancer 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.


  • Mary Doroshenk, MA, Director, NCCRT, Strategic Director, Colorectal Cancer Intervention, ACS
  • Richard C. Wender, MD, Chief Cancer Control Officer, ACS, Chair, NCCRT

Learn more about 80% by 2018 and how NCCRT is charting the course for our work to increase colorectal screening beyond 2018 in the Beyond 2018 FAQs.

Links Of Care Update

Links of Care Update – July 27, 2017

This webinar shared what we’ve learned so far from our Links of Care pilot project. The Links of Care pilots seek to improve colorectal cancer screening and follow up care for uninsured and underinsured patients by strengthening relationships between community health centers and the surrounding medical neighborhood. Speakers provided a brief overview of their specific pilot site, and discussed implementation, workflows, and lessons learned.

Background: In 2012, the Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) began requiring Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to measure and report colorectal cancer screening rates. FQHCs were concerned about securing follow up care for patients with an abnormal diagnosis, as follow-up services are often prohibitively expensive for low-income, uninsured patients. To address this challenge, the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the NCCRT implemented the Links of Care pilot program to promote collaboration between FQHCs serving low-income patients and specialty providers to secure diagnostic services. Goals were to increase timely access to specialists after an abnormal screening, implement evidence-based strategies to increase colorectal cancer screening rates, and assess project implementation.


  • Suzanne Lagarde, MD, MBA, FACP, Chief Executive Officer, Fair Haven Community Health Center, Connecticut
  • Julia Williams, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc., South Carolina
  • Chris Singer, RN, CPHQ, Chief Operating Officer, West Side Community Health Services, Minnesota
  • Kara Riehman, PhD, Strategic Director, Evaluation & Research, American Cancer Society, Inc.