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80% by 2018 Forum

The American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) convened a Forum: Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates through Enhanced Partnerships between Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions and Federally Qualified Health Centers. The Forum was attended by 140+ participants on September 16-17, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. The goal of the  Forum was to help states achieve colorectal cancer screening rates of 80% by 2018. Participants heard from selected speakers who shared evidence-based strategies and tools to support eleven, six-member state teams.  The teams were comprised of a Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Director, State Primary Care Association representative, ACS health systems manager, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) representative, and two others such as a health department representative or a gastroenterologist.  Presentations throughout the meeting were followed by action planning among the state teams. By the end of the forum, state teams initiated the creation of evidence-based action plans for increasing CRC screening in their state.  The Forum cultivated new relationships and strengthened existing CRC state and local stakeholder relationships across local Health Departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Primary Care Association, and Gastroenterologists.

Veronica Y. Chollette, RN, MS, Program Director

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