Eleven state teams gathered in Atlanta, Georgia on September 16 and 17th to attend the 80 by 2018 Forum: Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates through Enhanced Partnerships between Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalitions and Federally Qualified Health Centers.
Under the leadership of the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partners, the Forum was sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Cancer Institute. Meeting co-sponsors were the Health Resources Services Administration and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
Over 140 attendees, representing CCC Programs, state primary care associations, FQHCs, ACS health systems managers, and other public health organizations, had the opportunity to engage with national leaders and learn about evidence-based strategies to increase the nation's colorectal cancer screening rate to 80 percent by the year 2018.
The objectives of the Forum were to:
- Facilitate the creation of evidence-based action plans by the eleven teams of stakeholders representing the Comprehensive Cancer Control programs and coalitions, community health centers, and primary care associations attending the Forum.
- Present proven strategies that advance local implementation of state cancer plan CRC screening objectives through the collaboration of stakeholders such as local health departments and Federally Qualified Health Centers.
- Provide training on the use of existing tools and resources designed to help increase CRC screening rates including The Guide to Community Preventive Services and Implementation, and Research-Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPS).
- Cultivate new and strengthen existing CRC state and local stakeholder relationships (Local Health Departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Primary Care Association, and GI Experts).