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American Cancer Society

ACSThe American Cancer Society (ACS) is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.  Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has regional and local offices throughout the country that support 11 geographical Divisions and ensure we have a presence in every community.  Together with our millions of supporters, ACS saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.  The ACS team of Primary Care Health Systems staff who work with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to improve their clinical practices for cancer prevention and screening.  They meet on-site with FQHC management, Quality Improvement staff, and clinicians to provide practice coaching and technical support to FQHCs identified along with quality improvement and increased capacity for colorectal cancer screening.  Through a contract between the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the American Cancer Society also employs Regional Service Coordinators (RSCs) as a part of the CDC-funding Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, entitle Best Chance Network (BCN), and the Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) program to prevent cardiovascular disease.  RSC’s train and provide consultation to over 300 health care providers across South Carolina, including FQHCs.  We are working with this network to incorporate colorectal cancer education and screening into the BCN/WW programs.

ACS Partners

South Carolina Primary Health Care Association

SCPHCAThe vision of the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association (SCPHCA) is to provide access to quality health care for everyone in our state.  We are the unifying organization for 21 Community Health Centers (CHCs) across 156 sites in South Carolina.  These CHCs facilitate the delivery of quality, community-based primary, behavioral, and other health care services to uninsured and medically underserved populations.  Our association passionately seeks to increase CHCs’ capacity through critical technical support, advocacy, and outreach.  We know that these CHCs not only provide essential health care services to those who need it most; health centers also generate a tremendously positive economic impact.  In 2015 alone, South Carolina CHCs had a total economic impact of more than $473 million and saved the health care system an estimated $460 million.  Join the movement that contributes 4,400 jobs to our state and serves over 364,000 patients.  The SCPCHA is in its second year of a five year partnership with the Colorectal Cancer Screening Program in South Carolina (CCSPSC) at the University of South Carolina.  In this partnership, the SCPHCA works with the CCSPSC and eight participating federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to increase colorectal cancer screening rates by providing opportunities for training and technical assistance at the SCPHCA clinical network meetings, retreats, and conferences.  The SCPHCA also facilitates on-site training at partnering FQHCs for providers and key staff.  As part of the work, the SCPHCA has committed to participate in the CCSPSC statewide evaluation efforts to monitor progress and determine impact, which will include regular assessment of colorectal cancer screening rates.  The SCPHCA will continue to facilitate a collaborative learning environment between the CCSPSC participating FQHCs and other partners of the program.

Core for Applied Research and Evaluation

The CCSPSC Evaluation is led by a team at the Core for Applied Research and Evaluation (CARE).  The evaluation team includes: Lauren Workman, PhD, MPH; Dave Murday, PhD; Pamela Gillam, MPA; and Casey Childers, PhD.

CARE specializes in assessing implementation of evidence based practices in real world settings-also known as implementation science.  Specifically, CARE uses evaluation, quality improvement, and facilitation expertise to help partners improve public health practice and systems.  CARE is respected for its ability to gather, analyze, and synthesize qualitative and quantitative data used for decision-making.  Led by Pamela Gillam, the CARE team is made up of ASPH research faculty and associates who collaborate with fellow researchers, state agencies, and non-profit organizations to address a variety of public health and healthcare issues.