Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Reducing the incidence of cancer through life-saving screenings
I got screened for colorectal cancer. What about you?

Cancer Screenings Save Lives

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States (U.S.). The American Cancer Society estimates about 49,700 deaths will occur during 2015 to colon cancer in the U.S. Although the incidence of colon cancer has declined significantly over the past ten years, largely due to improvement in screening and early detection, rates of colon cancer remain highest in the Midwest. The good news is that about half of all colon cancer deaths a year could be prevented if everyone age 50 and older got screened for colon cancer. Prevention and early detection improves health, saves lives and reduces healthcare costs.

The Great Plains QIN recently completed an 18-month Special Innovation Project that allowed us to partner with physician clinics to help implement processes that ensure colorectal cancer screening recommendations and follow ups for all patients. While we are no longer actively engaged in this work, we invite you to utilize any of the following tools, resources, and educational events to continue improving colorectal cancer screening rates in our region. Feel free to contact our Great Plains QIN staff if you have questions.

We also encourage you to reach out to your state’s American Cancer Society representative for additional assistance and resources. Contact information is below:

Kansas
Dan Leong
1315 SW Arrowhead Road
Topeka, KS 66604
785/438-5604
dan.leong@cancer.org

Nebraska
Tamara Robinson
5733 S 34th Street; Suite 500
Lincoln, NE 68516
402/260-3363
tamara.robinson@cancer.org

South Dakota
Jill Ireland
4904 S. Technopolis Drive
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
605/323-3549
jill.ireland@cancer.org

North Dakota
Shannon Bacon
4646 Amber Valley Pkwy
Fargo, ND 58104
701/433-7593
shannon.bacon@cancer.org

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Training Events
Dec 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  Presentation handout While colorectal cancer is preventable, one in three Americans has not been screened.  During this Learning and Action event, a patient and healthcare professional panel will share insights and tools to engage[...]
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Access Dr. Brook’s Presentation Handout/Slides Overview and Purpose: Explaining colorectal cancer risk factors, screening options and the impact of family history to a patient can be complicated. Watch Dr. Durado Brooks demonstrate his techniques for[...]
Aug 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm WebEx
To watch the entire Three-Part Series visit the FluFIT/iFOBT Summer School Playlist. This FluFIT/iFOBT three-part series is presented to you by a partnership of the American Cancer Society, Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, Great Plains Tribal[...]
Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx
To watch the entire Three-Part Series visit the FluFIT/iFOBT Summer School Playlist. This FluFIT/iFOBT three-part series is presented to you by a partnership of the American Cancer Society, Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, Great Plains Tribal[...]
Jun 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx
To watch the entire Three-Part Series visit the FluFIT/iFOBT Summer School Playlist. This FluFIT/iFOBT three-part series is presented to you by a partnership of the American Cancer Society, Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, Great Plains Tribal[...]
Apr 11 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
  Overview and Purpose: Key patient-centered care topics will be presented in 15-20 minute webinar segments highlighting provider and clinician perspectives while introducing corresponding resources and tools during the Provider Perspectives on Patient-Centered Care webinar[...]
Mar 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presentation Handout   Overview and Purpose: Colorectal cancer is preventable.  Precancerous polyps must be found and removed completely during a colonoscopy to achieve cancer prevention.  During this Web Ex, Dale Bachwich, MD, will detail the[...]
Mar 14 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Webinar Playback   Overview and Purpose: Key patient-centered care topics will be presented in 15-20 minute webinar segments highlighting provider and clinician perspectives while introducing corresponding resources and tools during the Provider Perspectives on Patient-Centered[...]
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback OQR and ASC Reporting/Surveillance Handout Dr Brooks Colonoscopy Quality Presentation   Endoscopy measures can be a challenge for hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. Facility reported data suggests that locally, as well as[...]
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Do you have questions about FluFIT implementation? During the “FluFIT Implementation Office Hours,”  the North Dakota Flu FIT Workgroup was available for a Question & Answer (Q&A) session and to offer group technical assistance. Participants[...]
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Webinar
Please Note: All events are listed in Central Standard Time   Presentation Materials: Start WebEx Playback Anthony Montegut, MD presentation handout Tinka Duran, BA, CPH presentation handout WebEx Overview: Colorectal Cancer (CRC) is the third[...]
Mar 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Quality Measures

External Resources
Colorectal Cancer Infographic

Tools & Resources

External

Resources
American Cancer Society
Colorectal Cancer Facts and Figures 2017-2019
Colorectal Cancer Fact Sheet
Colorectal Cancer Information and Resources
Colorectal Cancer Screening Clinician's Toolbox and Guide
Final USPSTF Recommendations for CRC Screening
How to Increase Cancer Screening Rates in Practice: An Action Plan
JAMA News: USPSTF Recommendation Statement on Screening for Colorectal Cancer Screening
Medicare Preventive Services
National Cancer Institute
National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT)
NCCRT Colorectal Cancer Communications Guidebook: Recommended Messages to Reach the Unscreened
NCCRT Health Plan Handbook: Colorectal Cancer Screening Best Practices Case Studies & Tools
NCCRT Paying for Colorectal Cancer Screening Patient Navigation: Advice paying and sustaining navigation
NCCRT Stool-Based Tests for Colorectal Cancer Screening
National Colon Cancer Alliance
Paying for Colorectal Cancer Screening Patient Navigation Toolkit
Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

Meet the Experts

Judy Beck

Judy Beck, RN, MSN

State Program Director / Quality Improvement Specialist
North Dakota
701-989-6233
Email Judy

Nikki Medalen

Nikki Medalen, MS, BSN, APHN-BC

Quality Improvement Specialist
North Dakota
1-701-989-6236
Email Nikki

Tasha Peltier

Tasha Peltier, RT(R)

Quality Improvement Specialist
North Dakota
1-701-989-6234
Email Tasha

Jennifer Geisert

Jennifer Geisert, RN, BSN

Quality Improvement Advisor
Nebraska
1-402-476-1399 Ext: 539
Email Jennifer

Denise Kolba

Denise Kolba, MS, CNS, RN

Program Manager
South Dakota
1-605-336-3505
Email Denise

Kaitlin Nolte

Kara Irey, BSM, LSSGB

Quality Improvement Consultant
Kansas
1-785-271-4135
Email Kara

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Learning and Action Network

We invite you to join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN). All LAN partners will be invited to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, have opportunities to learn from peers throughout the state and region and have access to an abundance of resources and tools. The LAN is a great opportunity to get connected and demonstrate your commitment to quality improvement.