Enhancing CRC Screening

Enhanced Colorectal Cancer Screening Capacity at Health care Facilities Serving American Indians in the Northern Plains

The purpose of the Enhancing Colorectal Cancer Screening Capacity at Healthcare Facilities Serving American Indians in the Northern Plains project is to develop and implement a best practice-based initiative designed to increase colorectal cancer screening rates with Indian Health Service, Tribal and/or Urban (ITU) clinics across the Northern Plains. 

This project will be developed and implemented by the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF), in coordination with the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP). Colorectal Cancer (CRC) is a significant issue for American Indians across the Northern Plains. CRC incidence is 39% higher for American Indians compared to non-Hispanic Whites in this area. CRC screening has a tremendous impact on both incidence and mortality. While CRC screening rates have been slowly increasing, they remain remarkably low among American Indians across the Northern Plains, ranging from 34% to 47%.

The recently completed, American Indian Cancer Foundation project, “Improving Northern Plains American Indian Colorectal Cancer Screening (INPACS)” identified gaps and potential areas of improvement within ITU clinical systems and policies to support best practice-based CRC screening practices. Further, the INPACS project findings indicated that Northern Plains ITU clinics would benefit from and be interested in a comprehensive customized systems approach to improving CRC screening among their patients.

The Enhancing Colorectal Cancer Screening Capacity at Healthcare Facilities Serving American Indians in the Northern Plains (aka INPACS 2.0 initiative) will build upon the knowledge and information gained from the INPACS project to address the gaps and potential areas of improvement within the ITU clinical systems. 

 

This project is supported by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support through the funded Cooperative Agreement Number: 1U38OT000133.  Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.