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Clinical Quality Initiatives

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

The League, with funding from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health through the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, is facilitating a learning collaborative designed to increase colorectal cancer screening. Thirteen health centers in Massachusetts are currently participating or have participated in this learning collaborative focused on implementing evidence-based interventions that are:

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

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

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.

For additional resources, including those developed by other Massachusetts Health Centers, or for more information on the League's colorectal cancer screening learning collaborative, please contact Leslie Pelton-Cairns.

Updated September 2018



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