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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY PARTNERS WITH HEALTH CENTERS

The American Cancer Society has been working with Central Neighborhood Health Foundation since early this year and signed a Collaborative Action Plan in April 2017.  The quality improvement project was designed around implementing a client reminder system, enhancing patient knowledge about screening, training of staff, and using quality improvement tools to track evidence of change.  ACS supported the project by providing co-branded colorectal cancer screening reminder postcards and providing ACS patient education materials.  ACS also coordinated a physician-led colorectal cancer screening training for clinic providers and staff with Dr. Zuri Murrell, Medical Director of the Colorectal Cancer Center of Excellence at Cedars-Sinai. A key message of the training was that everyone has a role to play in ensuring patients are educated about colorectal cancer screening. 

Ruth Ble, Vice President of Clinical Quality Management at CNHF reported some recent successes after observing their colorectal cancer screening rates increase from 30.57% in July 2017 to 44.71% in September 2017.  The have set a goal to reach 50% by December 2017 and ACS will continue to provide support and guidance as they strive to reach this target. 

Clinic Contact:  K. Ruth Ble, Vice President of Clinical Quality Management, Email: rble@cnhfclinics.org, Phone: (213) 536-5815 ext. 013


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