Breast, Cervical and Colorectal Cancer

Screening and Prevention Programs

Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States and Kansas for both men and women.  More than 15,000 Kansans are diagnosed with cancer each year, and approximately 5,500 die from the disease. Although individuals can take steps to reduce their risk of developing cancers, public health approaches in tandem with health systems have the potential to reduce risks among entire populations.  
Project Background:
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has contracted with the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) to assist providers to increase their cancer screening rates particularly for cervical, breast and colorectal cancer and to increase referrals to KanQuit through clinic assessment, feedback and technical assistance activities.
In collaboration with KDHE, KHC is looking to aid providers/health systems interested in increasing their cancer screening rates. Priority will be given to clinics whose current cancer screening rate is below 60% and who serve high priority or underserved populations which is defined by the following:
  • Low income
  • Underinsured or no insurance. Underinsured are those that have deductibles of $2,500 or more.
  • Rural
  • Populations served
Clinic Responsibility:
Responsibility of the clinic for this project would include the following:
  • Commitment to implement Evidence-Based Interventions (EBIs), review/report cancer screening data monthly and to meet monthly (virtually or in person) with a member of the KHC team to review progress towards goals.
  • Participate in an annual assessment to monitor progress on improving screening rates, planning and implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions (EBIs), review of educational materials to encourage cancer screening and prevention efforts, identify opportunities to reduce out of pocket costs related to cancer screenings, engage in community outreach and administrative tasks including project documentation.
  • Provide screening data monthly as appropriate for project (breast, cervical or colorectal cancer).
  • Provide baseline data covering at least one year prior to the start of the project.
  • Barring unforeseen circumstances, the clinic should not plan to change their EMR systems or ownership for at least a year. If they are, they will document the plan to continue participation during this time.
  • If working on breast and cervical cancer, clinic will either need to be an approved EDW provider or apply to become an EDW provider.
KHC Responsibility:
KHC will be responsible for the following:
  • Assigned a dedicated Quality Improvement Advisor QIA) to be available to provide consultation services to clinic and be available to meet (virtually or in person) at least monthly with provider/health system.
  • Assess participating clinical practices workflows related to cancer screening and conducting Evidence-Based Interventions (EBI’s)
  • Complete annual clinic assessments, collection of monthly cancer screening data and review of follow up reports.
  • Serve as a liaison between the clinic and KDHE in coordinating resources available to clinics through the cancer programs and Kansas Quitline.
Review Criteria:
Proposal will undergo an initial administrative review in collaboration with KDHE. Priority will be given to those serving high risk populations, current cancer screening rates, commitment and ability to provide monthly cancer screening data, annual assessments and implementation of EBI’s and evaluation.
For more information about joining the KHC  Colorectal Cancer Control Program, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (785) 235-0763.
KDHE Breast and Cervical Cancer Initiative 
NATIONAL Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)
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CDC Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP)