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.

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until March 31, 2019.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until February 28, 2019.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until March 31, 2019.