Colorectal Cancer Screening Improvement Team Training Day

In 2020, due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, this in-person team training was converted  into a virtual event.

(Password provided via email to registrants. Need help? Contact Erin.)

Ohio Academy of Family Physicians members and their practice teams had the unique opportunity to take part in a quality improvement (QI) project to increase colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates in their practice.

Teams had access to virtual presentations delivered by Durado Brooks, MD, MPH, vice president, cancer control interventions, with the American Cancer Society on best practices in screening protocols, up-to-date guidelines, and the importance of QI in patient care and population health as a whole. Participants used an online module to measure their team engagement, benchmark patient data, select an intervention for care delivery, and remeasured outcome data after a three-month change period.

Of the practices that completed the program in 2019, an average of 27% saw an increase in CRC screening rates! Not only was this program recognized with the 80% by 2018 National Achievement Award by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, it continues to provide practice teams and their patients with positive outcome measures!

Selected Practices Had To

  • Participate in a welcome kick off Zoom call to review the outline of the program and expectations
  • Utilize the CRC screening module, presented by the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, to enter chart data, select a pathway of intervention, and re-enter data after three months of protocol intervention. View the instructions for using the module and claiming credit.
  • Review three webinars at a time most convenient for them. (access was provided to registered teams on a password protected page of the OAFP site.)

    Participating Practices Received

    • Valuable American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) continuing medical education (CME) credits for participating in a kick-off Zoom call and watching the recorded webinars (credit was transferable to all members of the care team)
    • American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Family Medicine Certification Performance Improvement Activity credit and 20 AAFP Performance Improvement in Practice credits for completing the module.

    CME Accreditation

    This Enduring Material activity, Colorectal Cancer Screening Improvement Team Training, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 3.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 06/10/2020. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


    If you have questions regarding the team training day, please contact Director of Education Erin Jech or call 800.742.7327.

    This QI initiative is supported by grants provided by the American Cancer Society (ACS) East Central Division and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

    Background Information

    Based upon successes recognized over the past several years, the OAFP continues to move forward with the evidence-based intervention program that increase referrals for, and completion of, CRC screening. This endeavor continues to be a collaborative intervention with the OAFP, ODH, and the ACS East Central Division.

    This intervention focuses on OAFP members using the professional education materials developed by the Thomas Jefferson University Department of Family Medicine in collaboration with ACS “How to Increase CRC Screening Rates in Practice: A Primary Care Clinician’s Evidence-Based Tool Kit and Guide.” These professional education materials include three evidence-based strategies to increase CRC screening rates (1) office policies, (2) reminder systems, and (3) communication. Other activities include (4) establishing a baseline CRC screening rate for the practice; and (5) tracking the completion of CRC screening to detect if an increase in screening is taking place as a result of the professional education intervention.

    This evidence-based initiative is included as an objective in Ohio’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2015-20 and recognized in the Ohio Coordinated Chronic Disease State Plan 2014-18.