Colorectal Cancer Screening Improvement Team Training Day

Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone this in-person team training that was scheduled for April 4. We are hopeful that we will be able to deliver this valuable program to you in the future. We are looking to either reschedule, or, possibly reframe our curriculum to fit a virtual format. Unfortunately, specific details are still to be determined. We appreciate your continued patience as we finalize our plans with speakers, the Ohio Department of Health, and other critical partners.

Ohio Academy of Family Physicians members and their practice teams have the unique opportunity to take part in a quality improvement (QI) project to increase colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates in their practice. Teams will hear from expert speakers 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 will use an online module to measure their team engagement, benchmark patient data, select an intervention for care delivery, and remeasure outcome data after a six-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 Must

  • Identify up to four members of the care team to attend the team training day. Attendance by a physician or team champion is required.
  • 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 six months of protocol intervention. View the instructions for using the module and claiming credit.

Participating Practices Will Receive

  • A day to engage with your office staff for team training
  • Valuable live continuing medical education (CME) credits that are transferable to all members of the care team
  • American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Family Medicine Certification Performance Improvement Activity credit
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) live Prescribed CME credits for participating in the training day and an additional 20 Performance Improvement in Practice credits once the module is complete.

Schedule of Events*

9:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibitor Visits
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Welcome & Introductions

Importance of Team Engagement on the Patient Experience
Presenter: Jon Seager, MD, FAAFP

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Laying the Groundwork for Practice Change: State of the Science
Presenter: Durado Brooks, MD, MPH, Vice President, Cancer Control Interventions, American Cancer Society
11:15 a.m. – Noon Informal Networking Lunch and Exhibitor Visits
12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Tailoring an Office Protocol to “Fit” the Practice
Presenter: Durado Brooks, MD, MPH
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Exercise: Workflow & Process Mapping
Presenter: Jon Seager, MD, FAAFP
2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Refreshment Break and Exhibitor Visits
2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Interventions That Work
Presenter: Durado Brooks, MD, MPH
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Team Training Conclusion: Review Accomplishments
Presenter: Jon Seager, MD, FAAFP
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Final Announcements
3:30 p.m. Adjourn

*Schedule subject to change.

Registration Fee

  • $200 per 4-person team
    Note: A $200 rebate will be offered to each team that completes the online module within the six-month program period.

CME Accreditation

Application for continuing medical education credit will be filed with the AAFP. Determination of credit is pending


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.