PI: Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Goal: By December 2018, 50% of eligible medical clients will have an up-to-date colorectal cancer screening (2017 rate = 42%)


Why are we interested in colorectal cancer screenings? Cancer is scary—and like homelessness, it doesn’t discriminate. We know that preventative medicine is the best medicine, so we’re doing all we can to get as many clients as possible screened for colorectal cancer.

What are we doing to reach this goal? Providers are educating clients about early detection, along with the nitty-gritty on the two available types of colorectal cancer screenings—the fecal immunochemical test (FIT), a non-invasive test for clients who are not at high-risk for being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and the colonoscopy.

  • Medical assistants are calling clients with upcoming appointments to encourage them to get screened on their next visit to one of our clinic
  • A standing order was created for CMAs to administer a FIT to any clients in need of a colorectal cancer screening 

What's up next?

  • Our medical assistants, according to care team, will continue to call clients who are overdue for a colorectal cancer screening to remind them to get screened next time they are in the clinic
  • We have been piloting a partnership with the Baltimore City Cancer Prevention program, a free navigation service intended to reduce all types of cancer types for low-income individuals. The program is currently being tested with clients who do not have insurance and are in need of a colonoscopy or other screening intervention
  • FIT tests are only good for a year, and many of the individuals we were successful in getting screened in 2017 are now due for new tests. We are exploring ways to encourage these individuals to instead get colonoscopies, which are good for 10 years
  • The medical team at Fallsway created a Preventive Health Tracker to help identify in real-time whether a client is due for a colorectal cancer screening

Current progress: