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The Education of Residents of Northern San Mateo County about the Need for Colon Cancer Screening.

  • Submitted by Strides for Life Colon Cancer Foundation
  • from Burlingame, CA


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Strides for Life, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of colon cancer and providing needed colonoscopy and other screening services to the general population, proposes to collaborate with a variety of gastroenterology medical groups and hospitals to provide economical colonoscopies and other screening services to the under and uninsured population of Northern San Mateo County.

This would be accomplished through intensive case-finding, referral management, education and actual provision of colonoscopy services. It is anticipated that all constituents would work together to develop the project into a long-term program that would become a national model for increasing screening compliance among specific populations.

The primary goals of the program will be to:

  1. Educate residents and primary care providers of Northern San Mateo County of the need for colorectal cancer screening;
  2. Provide access to colorectal screening to Northern San Mateo County residents who are uninsured or underinsured.

We would use the grant funds for educations efforts directed toward churches, community organizations, primary care physicians and low-income/safety net clinics throughout Northern San Mateo County. We would meet with these organizations and distribute brochures, colon cancer fact cards, colon cancer blue bracelets and appointment requests forms so they can reach the population that most needs our help. We would also distribute posters throughout the county promoting screening and the 80% by 2018 campaign.  These meetings will be attended by our Executive Director, Director of Development and Board President on a volunteer basis.  The brochures, fact cards and appointment request forms will be distributed during these meetings.

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