Citywide Program Increases Rates, Eliminates Racial Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening

November 23, 2015 6:46 PM

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Citywide Program Increases Rates, Eliminates Racial Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening

An advisory committee organized the C5 Coalition (NYC Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition), a citywide coalition involving physicians, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, health care plans, unions, medical societies, and advocacy and survivor groups in a public education and outreach program initiated by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The program was developed in response to a national campaign to achieve colorectal cancer screening rates of 80% by 2018.

C5 Coalition used public education, outreach to health care providers, culturally and linguistically tailored campaigns, and other programs to increase awareness and overcome barriers to effective colorectal cancer screening.

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