Saving Lives: How New York State is Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

Originally presented on March 17, 2016

Daniel Napolitano, MD, AAHIVMS
Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Director of Primary Care, Community Healthcare Network

Heather Dacus, DO, MPH
Director, Bureau of Cancer Prevention and Control, New York State Department of Health


As it is across the U.S., colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death among men and women in New York State. A national initiative known as 80% by 2018 is focused on eliminating CRC as a major public health problem. Community-based organizations, health care systems and government entities are coming together to take action toward this shared goal of reaching 80% of the eligible population being screened for CRC by 2018. The New York State Department of Health has pledged to be a part of this initiative and is taking a leadership role in coordinating a multi-layered approach to increasing colorectal cancer screening rates. This webcast will outline the rationale for a statewide focus on the 80% by 2018 goal and highlight key evidence-based approaches in both health care and community-based settings.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Define the need for improving CRC screening rates in New York State;
  • Describe the role of multiple sectors in improving CRC screening rates; and
  • Identify innovative approaches to improving CRC screening rates.

Continuing Education Credits expired for this activity on 3/31/2019.