|Awarded On||August 18, 2021|
|Title||Dissemination of a mailed stool testing program for colorectal cancer prevention in underserved communities in Texas|
|Award Mechanism||Dissemination of CPRIT-Funded Cancer Control Interventions|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas at Austin|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Michael Pignone|
*Pending contract negotiation
Need: Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in average risk adults ages 50-75, and perhaps 45-49, can reduce the incidence and mortality from CRC, but implementation and uptake of screening has been sub-optimal, particularly for vulnerable patients, including those living in rural areas, the uninsured, and those with low English language proficiency. Mailing fecal immunochemical tests (FIT) can increase screening rates over reliance only on traditional, practice-based approaches. Similarly, patient navigation offers an opportunity to help patients overcome barriers to completion of screening tests and follow-up colonoscopies, particularly for vulnerable patients with high social needs and limite...