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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
2 out of 4
2 out of 4
Year Published: 
2019

Cancer Screening: Interventions Engaging Community Health Workers – Colorectal Cancer

Description of Resource: 
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends interventions that engage community health workers (CHWs) to increase screening for colorectal cancer by colonoscopy or fecal occult blood test (FOBT). Evidence shows these interventions increase colorectal cancer screening rates when CHWs deliver them independently or as part of an implementation team. Interventions that engage CHWs to increase colorectal cancer screening implement one or more interventions reviewed by the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) to do the following: increase demand for screening services using group education, one-on-one education, client reminders, or small media; improve access to screening services by reducing structural barriers. CHWs are trained frontline health workers who serve as a bridge between communities and healthcare systems. They are from, or have a close understanding of, the community served. They often receive on-the-job training and work without professional titles. Organizations may hire CHWs or recruit volunteers to act in this role. CHWs may work alone or as part of an intervention team that includes other healthcare professionals.

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Developed By: 
Community Preventive Services Task Force
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Cancer
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Citation: 
Community Preventive Services Task Force. Cancer Screening: Interventions Engaging Community Health Workers – Colorectal Cancer [Internet]. 2019 April [cited 2019 Sept 23]. Available from: https://www.thecommunityguide.org/findings/cancer-screening-interventions-engaging-community-health-workers-colorectal-cancer