DC3C Cancer Prevention

Background

At the beginning of 2015, the percentage of patients at District Federally Qualified Health Centers who were up-to-date for their colorectal cancer screening was just 23% (2014 UDS).

In 2015, DCPCA joined DC Health’s DC Screen for Life (DCSFL) program to support DC Health’s efforts to amplify the impact of evidence-based interventions (EBI) to accomplish sustainable improvements in colorectal cancer screening in the District. In 2015, the District augmented its active DCSFL program, funded with locally-generated tax revenue, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Renamed the DC Colorectal Cancer Control Program (DC3C), the overall goal of DC3C is to achieve 80% colorectal cancer screening in the District.

As of calendar year 2017, the percentage of patients at District Federally Qualified Health Centers who were up-to-date for their colorectal cancer screenings is 42%. Due to the success of this work, DC Health expanded the focus of this program in the third year (2017 - 2018) to encompass comprehensive cancer prevention activities to include the following areas of focus:

  • Screening and connection to quality care for colorectal cancer, cervical cancer, and breast cancer; and
  • Tobacco cessation interventions.

Core Activities

DCPCA in partnership with DC Health provides technical assistance and training to support health centers in improving the rates of cancer screening for colorectal cancer, cervical cancer, and breast cancer. Additionally, this program includes tools and training to increase referrals to tobacco cessation interventions.

DCPCA provides technical assistance and training to participating health centers to design and implement Evidence-Based Interventions (EBIs) that support expanded colorectal cancer screening rates. EBIs include such activities as patient reminders, provider reminders, provider assessment and feedback, removing structural barriers, and patient education. DCPCA provides support to member health centers to increase and expand data reporting capabilities and monitoring to inform quality improvement for cancer screening.

Through technical assistance and training DPCA helps health centers achieve many goals:

  • Increase utilization of evidenced-based strategies
  • Increase coordination, capacity, infrastructure and partnerships to support cancer screening
  • Increase access to screening for patients
  • Increase use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) to guide care
  • Reduce structural barriers
  • Increase provider and patient awareness of screening options and guidelines
  • Advance the patient navigation model for cancer screening and coordination

In support of this work, DCPCA has built relationships with national and local leaders in cancer screening care, including the following:

How to Get Involved

For more information on DC3C, or to request technical assistance and training regarding cancer screening, please contact our Director of Quality Improvement, Megan Loucks at mloucks @dcpca.org.