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Screen to Save: NCI Colorectal Cancer Outreach and Screening Initiative

Increasing colorectal screening rates is one of the 10 recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel for the Cancer Moonshot and endorsed by the National Cancer Advisory Board. In response to these recommendations, the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) launched the national Screen to Save (S2S): NCI Colorectal Cancer Outreach and Screening Initiative.

Screen to Save aims to increase colorectal cancer screening rates among men and women age 45 and older from racially and ethnically diverse communities and in rural areas, including: American Indians and Alaskan Natives, Asians, Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

Through Screen to Save, community health educators funded by the NCI’s National Outreach Network (NON) and Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE) provide culturally tailored, evidence-based colorectal cancer information, education, and screening resources within racially and ethnically diverse and rural communities nationwide.


Located at NCI-designated Cancer Centers, community health educators works with a diverse partner network on national, regional, and community levels to deliver NCI-approved colorectal cancer screening information to communities who need it the most.

Screen to Save, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership, identifies and provides local communities with evidence-based resources to promote CRC screening awareness and access to care. 

The Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program’s (GMaP) Regional Coordinating Directors also play a key role in assisting the community health educators in identifying and connecting with colorectal cancer screening information and resources within their regions.

Education and Outreach Activities

Tailored education and outreach activities will take place throughout the year in diverse communities across the country, and are combined with additional community engagements during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Detailed assessments conducted throughout the initiative are used to track and monitor progress. An overall assessment of Screen to Save measures the effects of the education and outreach efforts on increasing knowledge, awareness and colorectal screening behaviors among racially and ethnically diverse and rural communities.

Screen to Save Locations

NON- and PACHE-funded community health educators (CHEs) participating in the Screen to Save initiative are located at sites across the country.

The following table lists CHEs by region and location (*Denotes PACHE CHE).

Institution and Location Community Health Educators
Region 1 North – DE, KY, MD, ME, NH, VT, VA, WV, DC

Markey Cancer Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Mindy Rogers

Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland

Theron Scott
James Zabora

University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baltimore, Maryland

Rhonda S. Boozer-Yeary

Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, New Hampshire

Jenna Schiffelbein

Massey Cancer Center
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

Katelyn Schifano

University of Virginia Cancer Center
Charlottesville, Virginia

Betsy Grossman
Lindsay Hauser

Region 1 South – NC, SC, TN

North Carolina Central University
Durham, North Carolina

Amber E. Burgin*

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Veronica Carlisle

Hollings Cancer Center Medical
University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Kimberly Cannady
Kendrea D. Knight

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

Claudia Barajas
Caree R. McAfee*

Region 2 – AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MO, MS, PR

University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center
Birmingham, Alabama

Claudia Hardy

Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, Alabama

Mary Brooks*

Moffitt Cancer Center
Tampa, Florida

Khaliah Fleming

Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center
Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St. Louis, Missouri

Saffiyah Poole

Ponce School of Medicine
Ponce, Puerto Rico

Jomar López*

University of Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Adrianna I. Acevedo Fontánez*
Region 3 – AZ, CA, CO, KS, NE, NM, OK, TX

Arizona Cancer Center
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

Desiree Jones

City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Duarte, California

Marisela Huerta
Mayra Serrano

University of California San Diego Moores Cancer Center
La Jolla, California

Giovanna Perez

San Diego State University
San Diego, California

Carolina De La Torre*

The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Kansas City, Kansas

Marina Carrizosa-Ramos

University of New Mexico Cancer Research and Treatment Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Laura Nervi
Erika Robers

New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Karoline Sondgeroth*
Eugena Armijillo*

Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Veronica Landa

MD Anderson Cancer Center
The University of Texas
Houston, Texas

Terrence Adams
Cassandra Harris

Cancer Therapy and Research Center
University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, Texas

Sneha Prabhu
Region 4 – CT, IA, IL, IN, MA, MI, MN, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, WI

Yale Cancer Center
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut

José Dejesus

The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
Chicago, Illinois

Lisa Hinton
Helen Lam

Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, Illinois

Elena Navas*

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Melinda Monge*

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Meagan Schorr

Dana–Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts

Rebecca Jackson*

Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, New York

Christy Widman

Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Columbia University
New York, New York

Andria Reyes

Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center
New York University Langone
New York, New York

David Brown

Memorial Sloan Kettering Counseling Center
New York, New York

Jeralyn Cortez-Weir*

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
Columbus, Ohio

Meghan Cleland
Jacquelin Holland

Abramson Cancer Center
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Brenda Bryant

Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Evelyn González
Rosa Ortiz
Armenta Washington

University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
Madison, Wisconsin

Rebecca Linskens
Cody Fredrick

Region 5 – AK, CA, HI, OR, WA, American Samoa, Guam

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Los Angeles, California

Juana Gatson*

University of California Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Sacramento, California

Julie Dang

University of California San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
San Francisco, California

Michelle Moseley
Marynieves Diaz-Mendez
Ching Wong

University of Guam
Mangilao, Guam

Angelina Mummert*

University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii

Megan Hagiwara*

Knight Cancer Institute
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, Oregon

Katie Bernay
Niyati Desai
Erin Solomon

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
University of Washington Cancer Consortium
Seattle, Washington

Katherine Briant

Region 6 – ID, MT, NV, ND, SD, UT, WY

Huntsman Cancer Institute
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

Jennyffer Morales

Screen to Save Fact Sheet

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