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Colorectal Cancer Screening Supports

According to the American Cancer Society, treatment for colorectal cancer in its earliest stage can lead to a 90 percent survival rate after five years, but more than a third of adults 50-75 do not get the recommended screening.

CRCS Learning Collaborative Funding Announcement:

The League, with funding from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health through the Centers for Disease Control, is offering three FQHC health centers the opportunity to participate in a learning collaborative designed to increase colorectal cancer screening.

Due to the Coronavirus, ACS is estimating a decrease of 83-90% in CRC screening and 18,800 patients with a delayed cancer diagnosis (IQVIA Institute, April 2020). Grounded in evidence-based interventions, our Collaborative will focus on strategies that are relevant now as well as beyond the pandemic such as tests of change for working adult preventive screening back into new workflows, mailing FIT kits to patients, and targeting populations at higher risk for CRC.

Over the last 5 years, fourteen health centers in Massachusetts have participated in this learning collaborative, implementing evidence-based interventions that are:

  • Sustainable beyond the grant
  • Consistent with population health best practices
  • Involve team-based solutions

Within the collaborative structure, the richest learning and teaching has come through health centers sharing with one another. Interventions health centers have tested and adopted during the collaborative include:

  • FIT test screening
  • Patient and provider reminder systems
  • Provider screening rate assessment and feedback
  • Patient education and navigation
  • Staff and provider education and training
  • Health information technology supports for CRCS

Participating health centers will receive $38,000 for each year in the collaborative and with an anticipated grant period of two years. Members of past learning collaborative cohorts are eligible to apply. Recipients of the Tier 1 ISCCCE research grant for dual screening are NOT eligible for funding.

We will hold an informational webinar on Thursday, October 1st at noon, to give interested health centers an opportunity to learn more about the application process and the structure of the learning collaborative. Register for this webinar HERE.

For more information about the grant or to express your interest in participating, please contact Leslie Pelton-Cairns, Director of Public Health Initiatives, at

Many valuable resources have been collected and disseminated during the collaborative and selected items are available here on our Colorectal Cancer Screening Resource Library page.

Updated September 2020


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