Since the release of the Trump budget for FY 2018, Fight CRC and our partners have been focused on the effect the budget may have on the future services of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Colorectal Cancer Screening Programs (CRCCP).
In our blog post earlier this month, we sounded an alarm! Due to the budget cuts, the CRCCP could be cut completely. We took action.
Fight CRC sent out action alerts to our members of Congress in the House and to supporters in states with CRCCP. At the same time, the CDC collected data to support the importance of CRCCP and to show the amount of people the program serves. Fight CRC has worked closely with the CDC to distribute the data below.
The CRCCP is focused on increasing screenings among individuals between the ages 50-75.
The program focuses on three main areas including the health system, geographic area and groups most affected.
In one year, the CRCCP grantees recruited over 400 clinics that serve over 700,000 patients. As the year ended, clinic CRC screening rates increased by 6%!
Research shows that the CRCCP has contributed to individuals’ health and has saved lives!
Increased Screening Rates
In order for the CRCCP to increase CRC screenings, grantees work with clinics to implement or enhance up to four evidence-based interventions (EBIs). These interventions are services, programs or policies that are proven to be effective in improving the public’s health.
Some of the interventions include patient and provider reminders, providers assessment and feedback and reducing structural barriers. The CRCCP programs also included supporting activities such as small media, community health workers, patient navigation and provider education. These programs are used to increase CRC screenings.
The most used EBI’s in place were patient reminders. These reminders kept patients informed about the importance of their appointments to getting screened.
In 113 clinics, there were systems newly implemented. In 189 clinics, patient reminders were utilized and systems proved to enhance existing activity.
Important Organizational Partnerships
Public-private partnerships are critical.
To implement their programs, CRCCP grantees work with other organizations. Their partnerships with other organizations assisted with provider education and professional development, quality improvement, health information technology to improve electronic health record systems, patient reminders and small media.
Partnerships are the key to success in the expansion of the CRCCP, just like it’s going to take all of us to get behind a cure!
Many patients have been positively effected by the CRCCP. We must ensure the CRCCP continues to be adequately funded in order to provide services to the uninsured or underinsured.