CRCCP 2015–2019: Results from Year One

Colorectal cancer (CRC) 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 CRC screening rates. Awardees partner with clinics serving low-income, underscreened populations to carry out evidence-based interventions (EBIs) and supporting activities (SAs).a

aPriority EBIs 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, awardees reported data for 413 clinics. The majority of clinics (71.9%) were federally qualified health centers and 72.4% were located in metro areas. Awardees used CRCCP resources to support EBI and SA implementation in 95.2% and 86.4% of these clinics, respectively. Screening rates increased more in clinics that had a screening champion and a CRC screening policy, offered free stool tests, and had implemented 3 to 4 EBIs.

Year 1 Quick Statisticsb

  • 42.9% average baseline CRC screening rate.
  • 4.4 percentage point increase in clinic-level CRC 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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