Dialogue for Action® is an annual national conference that brings diverse stakeholders together to discuss the best ways to reinforce cancer screening, prevention, and risk reduction initiatives in communities across the nation. Held in late April this year, the conference will highlight contributions from Cancer Prevention and Control’s (CPC) WV Program to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening (WVPICCS) in two presentations:
- Identifying Optimal Approaches to Scale Up Colorectal Cancer Screening: An Overview of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Learning Laboratory
Along with the CDC and other partners, WV PICCS contributed to a cost-effective analysis study presenting findings from the implementation of evidence-based initiatives to increase colorectal cancer screening at four Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) participating in a learning laboratory. One WV FQHC increased screening update by 18.9%. The group’s work was recently published in Cancer Causes and Control.
2. Case Study of a Comprehensive Team-Based Approach to Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening
The WV PICCS partners with forty-four clinics to facilitate practice-based change through the use of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) in West Virginia with the goal of increasing each clinic’s screening rate to 80% or at least 10% over baseline. Cheat Lake Family Medicine is a partner clinic that utilizes an effective team-based approach to colorectal cancer screening (CRC) and was highlighted in the abstract.
Utilizing a team-based approach is an effective way for primary care clinics to increase CRC screening rates. The success experienced at Cheat Lake has implications for other cancer and disease prevention efforts in the primary care setting. The presentation will describe their successful efforts to increase their overall colorectal cancer screening rate from 63% to 75.2% compared to an average increase from 51.1% to 60% for all cohort clinics from that same year.
For additional information about WV PICCS contact Mary Ellen Conn at email@example.com.
Caption for the picture – left to right – Susan Eason, Mary Ellen Conn, Lauren Wright, and Taylor Daugherty. Team members not included in the picture are Adam Baus and Cecil Pollard.
Employees of WVU Medicine and the WVU Cancer Institute came together on Monday, May 20 to join organizations across the world in celebrating Clinical Trials Day on May 20. This day recognizes those who conduct clinical trials, raises awareness of clinical trials and clinical research, and is an opportunity to show gratitude for the work they do to improve public health.
What started with a small gift between friends has now evolved into the larger “gift of humanity.” Lemons of Love was started in 2014 after the founder, Jill Swanson Peltier, was diagnosed with Stage III Colon Cancer. Jill had received a small goodie bag from a friend with a few items that were meant to help her through her chemotherapy treatment. Touched by the kindness and thoughtfulness of this gift, she knew that this was something that everyone starting their battle with cancer should receive. Jill envisioned being able to give others the same support that she received, in the form of a simple gift that makes a big impact.
WVU Cell & Molecular Biology and Biomedical Engineering Training Program (CBTP)