Provide a Reminder and Recall System for Colorectal Cancer Screening

Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) proposes enacting a provider reminder and recall system combined with Medical Assistant (MA) outreach efforts to increase the number and quality of colon cancer screenings in our service area.

PCHC will implement this evidence-based intervention by hiring a new MA to provide pre visit planning, population health management services, education and outreach.

PCHC’s proposed project to improve colorectal cancer screening rates among our patients will utilize an evidence-based, provideroriented intervention to increase the number and quality of colon cancer screenings in our medically underserved region. In order to do this, we plan to hire a MA who will be embedded in one of our practice sites and will partner with four PCHC primary care providers. In this new role, the MA will be responsible for pre-visit planning designed to proactively identify patients who are due for colorectal cancer screening and already scheduled for an appointment. Such activities will help our providers to more effectively utilize scheduled appointment times to provide appropriate preventative care that includes colorectal cancer screening, when necessary. The proposed Provider Reminder and Recall System for Colorectal Cancer Screening project is different from our previous cancer screening projects because it employs a proactive approach to flagging patients on the front-end, prior to a scheduled appointment, instead of waiting until patients are past due. If our proposed project is effective in increasing cancer screening rates and improving health outcomes, we can replicate the strategy in other PCHC practice sites in order to improve health outcomes for additional disease conditions.

Organization: 
Penobscot Community Health Care
Grant Amount Given: 
$30,000
Year Issued: 
2016
Grant Category: 
Screening
Types of Cancer: 
Colon
Colorectal
Screening

Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2017 Expanding Systems to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening through Patient Outreach and Recall $100,000 Screening Penobscot Community Health Care
2016 Peer-Led Tobacco Cessation Training at Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse $26,116 Prevention Penobscot Community Health Care
2016 Provide a Reminder and Recall System for Colorectal Cancer Screening $30,000 Screening Penobscot Community Health Care
2015 Gaps-in-Care Cancer Screening $38,500 Screening Penobscot Community Health Care
2015 Eliminating Barriers to Cancer Screening through Use of Navigator Medical Assistants $164,000 Navigator Penobscot Community Health Care