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Colorectal Cancer Screening Community Connection

  • Submitted by Good Samaritan Clinic
  • from Garden City, GA

In March of 2013, the Good Samaritan Clinic initiated a community driven volunteer based Colorectal Cancer Screening Project to increase colorectal screening among underserved patients seen at the clinic; these individuals generally have limited access to routine healthcare and age appropriate cancer screenings. Targeted patients included African American and Hispanic/Latino men and women over the age of 50 and individuals with a family history of colorectal cancer. The Good Samaritan Clinic uses health sciences students from local universities, as well as local volunteer healthcare providers to promote education and increase awareness of colorectal screening. Volunteer providers use a paper screening tool to conduct the colorectal cancer risk assessment. The result of the colorectal cancer screening tool prompts the healthcare providers to offer the individual a fecal immunochemical test (FIT kit) to complete at home and return to the clinic.

The Good Samaritan Clinic intends to reach the 80% by 2018 goal by strengthening provider based interventions, promoting referrals for colorectal cancer screening in age appropriate individuals, reducing barriers which prevent patients from completing the colorectal cancer screening (FIT kits), as well as providing additional educational support and resources for volunteer providers who are assisting at-risk patients for colorectal cancer.

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