News from the Task Forces:
May 15, 2018. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation has awarded Tung Nguyen, MD, and Scarlett Lin Gomez, MPH, PhD, a three-year, $750k grant for a project named Patient COUNTS. The project entails creating an in-person and virtual patient navigation program to enhance the quality of cancer care for English, Chinese, and Vietnamese patients newly diagnosed with colorectal, liver, or lung cancer in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. read more
EVENT: Get Your Rear in Gear: Saturday, July 8, 2018
San Francisco Cancer Initiative’s Colorectal Cancer Task Force is a proud Champion sponsor of the upcoming Get Your Rear in Gear, San Francisco. This is a run/walk fundraiser that is organized by the Colon Cancer Coalition. Since 2005, these events have been held in 72 cities across the country with almost 30,000 participants in events each year. Money raised through the Get Your Rear in Gear event in San Francisco is donated to Operation Access to increase access to colonoscopy. Get Your Rear in Gear, San Francisco will be held at Lake Merced on Saturday, July 8, 2018.
To find out more about the event visit: http://join.coloncancercoalition.org/site/TR?fr_id=3756&pg=entry.
To find out more about Operation Access visit: https://www.operationaccess.org/.
C4 Community Grant 2018:
San Francisco Cancer Initiative’s Colorectal Cancer Task Force co-leader, Ma Somsouk, MD, MAS has been awarded a 2018 Community Grant from the California Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C4). Shreya Patel, MD MPH and Patrick Avila, MD, MPH of University of California, San Francisco are co-directors of the award.
The C4 grant was awarded to for their proposal on reducing barriers to colonoscopy for patients with an abnormal stool test. The project will be implemented and completed at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital between March 2018 and February 2019. The project objectives are to
- Increase the completion of colonoscopy following an abnormal stool test result
- Improve patient understanding of abnormal stool test results through enhanced communication
- Improve bowel prep prior to the time of colonoscopy through enhanced patient instructions and automated reminders.