Fight CRC To Serve As Community Partner for Stand Up to Cancer’s CRC Health Equity Dream Team

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Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) is proud to be a community partner for a newly-launched CRC Health Equity Dream Team from Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C). Fight CRC will serve as an advisor regarding how to implement the program, as well as provide awareness and patient education surrounding its efforts. 

The CRC Health Equity Dream Team was launched on October 7, 2021 to address colorectal cancer disparities and improve screening in medically underserved communities with $8 million funding an innovative and comprehensive approach alongside leading researchers, patient advocates, community leaders and clinicians.  

“We are extremely proud to serve as a community partner on this project and help this critical work get to the patients,” said Anjee Davis, president of Fight CRC. “This falls in line with our shared commitment for health equity and we’re thrilled to support SU2C’s efforts to save lives amongst the underserved.”

Fight CRC Board Member Dr. Fola May, a gastroenterologist, health equity expert, and health services researcher at the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity and the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, is one of three experts selected to provide leadership to the initiative. She will be helping the program establish and implement comprehensive at-home stool-based colorectal cancer screening programs at community health centers to increase screening rates to 80% within the SU2C Zones of Greater Boston, Los Angeles, and Great Plains Tribal Communities in South Dakota.

According to a SU2C press release, the project will also be “ensuring patients who have an abnormal stool-based screening test result receive a follow-up colonoscopy; building a collection of blood and stool samples for future research to ensure that low income and racial/ethnic minority populations are represented in the development of new screening tests and early detection methods for colorectal cancer; and fostering the careers of a new generation of Black, Latino, and American Indian doctors and researchers who embody the ideals of community engagement, trust-building and disparities research to improve health outcomes for all patients.

Learn more about Fight CRC’s commitment to Health Equity, here. For more information on Fight CRC’s research involvement, go to FightCRC.org/Research.

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