AGA Partners with CDC to Expand Access to CRC Screening

December 15, 2011

The AGA is partnering with the CDC and state and tribal Colorectal Cancer Control Programs (CRCCP) to conduct a CRC screening and awareness event in March 2012 during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The partnership with the CDC provides a unique opportunity for AGA to reach the underserved and to raise awareness of the need for CRC screening around the country.

The CRCCP programs in the following states are interested in participating in this exciting screening and awareness event:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska/ Southcentral Foundation
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Utah
  • Washington/South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency

We are in the early stages of planning the event, which will allow AGA members to provide colonoscopies to uninsured and underinsured individuals, aged 50 and over, who could otherwise not afford this vital service. The participating state cancer control programs will match gastroenterologists in their areas with patients who are in need of free colonoscopy screenings.

If you are a member from one of these states and are interested in learning more about participating in this exciting program, please contact Aimee Frank, AGA director of public relations, either via e-mail or phone, 301-941-2620.

The CDC established the CRCCP in 2009 to increase CRC screening prevalence among Americans aged 50 years and older. Twenty-nine grantees (25 states and four tribal organizations) are currently funded. One component of the CRCCP is to offer no-cost screening to eligible low-income, un- and underinsured individuals. Programs have agreements with both primary and specialty care organizations in order to identify patients and provide services. Patient navigation is a critical component of the program to ensure patients successfully complete screening.

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