HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: UPMC Passavant
December 26, 2018
HAP is spotlighting UPMC Passavant’s work to make colon cancer screening easy and accessible.
UPMC Passavant received HAP’s 2018 Community Champions Achievement Award for its program to improve the screening rate for people in Allegheny County who have avoided a colonoscopy. The program focused on individuals 50 to 75 years of age.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. During 2016, nationally and in Allegheny County, one in three adults was not being screened.
As a result of the UPMC Passavant initiative, “It Takes a Village to Raise Awareness: Making Colon Cancer Screening Easy and Accessible,” a total of 147 age-appropriate adults attended three screening events. There was a 78 percent return of non-invasive, fecal-immunochemical (FIT) tests. All but one of the participants with positive results committed to having a colonoscopy. Eight-five (85) percent of the colonoscopies required removal of polyps. No cancers were detected, but many potential cancers were prevented.
People who received negative results are sent reminder letters a year later to follow up with another FIT test.
The process for planning colon cancer screening events included:
- Collaborating with a variety of community organizations
- Reviewing the colon cancer screening guidelines proposed by the American Cancer Society
- Selecting an appropriate screening method
- Securing funding for advertising events, recruiting and educating attendees, and conducting short- and long-term follow-up
The UPMC Passavant model for community colon cancer screening was shared statewide through a webinar presentation for the American Cancer Society.
Other hospitals may be able to hold similar colon cancer screenings depending on their partnerships with clinical experts and supporting community organizations. UPMC Passavant’s screening was coordinated by and held in a hospital setting. A Pennsylvania community health care clinic could be an ideal setting for this type of screening as well, especially when there are strong partnerships with agencies that can provide additional supports.
Congratulations to UPMC Passavant for improving the screening rate for people in Allegheny County who have avoided colonoscopy, and for its receipt of a 2018 HAP Achievement Award. Learn more about this effort as well as the other 2018 award-winning programs at HAP’s website.
Questions about the HAP Achievement Awards may be directed to HAP Member Services at (717) 561-5359.