CRCCP 2015–2019: Results from Year One

Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in the United States, but it can be largely prevented through screening. The Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2015 with the goal of increasing colorectal cancer screening rates. CRCCP award recipients partner with clinics serving populations with low incomes and that are less likely to be screened, to carry out evidence-based interventions (strategies that have been shown to increase colorectal cancer screening) and supporting activities.a

aPriority evidence-based interventions include patient reminders, provider reminders, reduction of structural barriers, and provider assessment and feedback. Supporting activities include small media, provider education, community health workers, and patient navigation.

The CRCCP Is a Promising Public Health Model

In program year 1 (2015–2016), award recipients reported data for 413 clinics. Most of the clinics (71.9%) were federally qualified health centers and 72.4% were in metropolitan areas. Award recipients used CRCCP resources to support evidence-based intervention and supporting activity implementation in 95.2% and 86.4% of these clinics, respectively. Screening rates increased more in clinics that had a screening champion and a colorectal cancer screening policy, offered free stool tests, and had implemented 3 to 4 evidence-based interventions.

Year 1 Quick Statisticsb

  • 42.9% average baseline colorectal cancer screening rate.
  • 4.4% increase in clinic-level colorectal cancer screening rates after the first program year.
  • 24,096 additional people screened.

bResults based on n = 413.


DeGroff A, Sharma K, Satsangi A, Kenney K, Joseph D, Ross K, Leadbetter S, Helsel W, Kammerer W, Firth R, Rockwell T, Short W, Tangka F, Wong F, Richardson L. Increasing colorectal cancer screening in health care systems using evidence-based interventions. Preventing Chronic Disease 2018;15(E100).

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