Why Colorectal Cancer Screening?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people aged 50 years or older.
Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading killer in the United States. Deaths from colorectal cancer are preventable by early detection and treatment. Screening can find precancerous polyps—abnormal growths in the colon or rectum—so that they can be removed before turning into cancer. About nine out of every 10 people whose colorectal cancers are found early and treated appropriately are still alive five years later.
While screening rates have increased in the U.S., not enough people are getting screened for colorectal cancer. Despite new easy home methods for screening, in 2014, only 66% of U.S. adults were up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening; 7% had been screened, but were not up-to-date; and 27% had never been screened (CDC).
What We Do
RCHC’s 4-Point Evidence-Based Care (EBC) program to improve colorectal cancer screening includes shared clinical guidelines, clinical decision support tools, sharing of best practices, and quality improvement and population health support in the form of trainings. RCHC convenes a monthly GI and infectious disease work group and one focus area is to improve colorectal cancer screenings in health centers.
Clinical Decision Support
Who We Serve
We serve the 13 participating health centers and over 200,000 health center patients from 5 counties: Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Yolo.
Health Centers: Alexander Valley Healthcare, Anderson Valley Health Center, Coastal Health Alliance, CommuniCare Health Centers, Marin City Health and Wellness, Marin Community Clinics, OLE Health, Petaluma Health Center, Ritter Center, Santa Rosa Community Health, Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, West County Health Centers, and Winters Healthcare Foundation.
This project was supported by the California Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C4) and by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1.5 million. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endoresement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2019
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- Alexander Valley Healthcare
- Anderson Valley Health Center
- Coastal Health Alliance
- CommuniCare Health Centers
- Marin City Health and Wellness
- Marin Community Clinics
- OLE Health
- Petaluma Health Center
- Ritter Center
- Santa Rosa Community Health
- Sonoma Valley Community Health Center
- West County Health Centers
- Winters Healthcare Foundation
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
- Partnership HealthPlan of California
- California Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C4)
- American Cancer Society (ACS)
For more information, please contact Michelle Rosaschi.
ALIGNMENT WITH OTHER INITIATIVES
- HRSA Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) Grant
- Partnership HealthPlan’s Quality Improvement Program (QIP)
- RCHC’s Performance Improvement Program (PIP)
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND COMPANION DOCUMENTS
- Clinician’s Reference Fecal Occult Blood Testing (FOBT) for Colorectal Cancer Screening
- Resources for Training to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates
- Simplified FIT Instructions – English
- Simplified FIT Instructions – Spanish
- Colon Cancer Screening Instructions Video (English)
- Colon Cancer Screening Instructions Video (Spanish)
- Community Preventive Services Task Force: Multicomponent Interventions for Colorectal Cancer Screening