South Dakota American Indian Cancer Disparities Data Report Available
The South Dakota Department of Health and Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board partnered to develop the South Dakota American Indian Cancer Disparities Data Report highlighting the unequal burden and disparities between the white and American Indian populations in SD for breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancer. Among the American Indian population in SD, incidence and mortality rates are higher and the American Indian population was diagnosed at a later stage compared to the white population for all four cancer types examined, with many being significantly higher. To reduce these disparities, cancer prevention and control stakeholders should collaborate to implement evidence-based cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship interventions among the American Indian population in SD. Print copies of the report can be ordered free of charge at: https://doh.sd.gov/resources/publications/.
Environmental Scan of South Dakota’s Mobile Mammography Efforts
An Environmental Scan of South Dakota’s Mobile Mammography Efforts was completed in 2018. Following this assessment, a map was created to give a visual of the availability of mammography services, both mobile units and stationary units, throughout the state. Layers have been added to the map to allow individuals to see county-level breast cancer data overlapping mammography locations. The layers include: 1) had a mammogram in the past two years, 2) age-adjusted breast cancer incidence rates, and 3) age-adjusted breast cancer mortality rates. Click here to view the map.
Organizational Partnership to Enhance Programmatic Reach: Report Now Available
Cancer stage at diagnosis has a strong influence on length of survival. For both breast and cervical cancer, a cancer diagnosis at the localized stage results in higher 5-year relative survival rates than a diagnosis at a distant stage. Screening, therefore, plays a pivotal role in survival for all women susceptible to breast and cervical cancer. Despite the prevention and early detection benefits of screening, many South Dakota (SD) women are not up to date with the recommended screenings for breast and cervical cancer. The All Women Count! program offers a statewide infrastructure, supporting eligible SD women by covering the costs associated with breast and cervical cancer screening. In order to enhance the reach of the AWC! program, an organizational partnership between the SD Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and the Helpline Center in SD was developed. The partnership allowed for a dedicated Health Navigator at the Helpline Center to assess the breast and cervical cancer screening needs of women aged 30-64 calling into the 211 Helpline. The personal connections and tailored approach to meeting individuals’ needs allowed the 211 Helpline to connect 129 women with a provider and schedule their recommended breast and/or cervical cancer screenings. Many of these women (44%) met the eligibility requirements for the AWC! program and were appropriately enrolled for program services to cover the costs of screening. The partnership connects the existing breast and cervical cancer screening services of AWC! with a target population of underserved women aged 30-64 who are commonly due or overdue for preventative cancer screening, ultimately expanding the reach of the AWC! program and enhancing service and resource provision to callers of the 211 Helpline.
HPV Vaccination Outcomes Report
The South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH) Cancer Programs partnered with two unique health systems to implement provider and client reminders to reduce the burden of HPV associated cancers. Both health systems saw an increase in HPV vaccination initiation and series completion rates. Other health systems in SD interested in implementing similar interventions are encouraged to reach out to the SDDOH for assistance.
Sun Safety for Outdoor Workers: Implementation of a Worksite UV Protection Model Policy to Reduce Skin Cancer Risk in South Dakota Worksites
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed preventable cancer in the United States. Adults spend more than one-third of their day at the workplace and workers who spend a majority of that workday outdoors are at increased risk for skin cancer due to exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR). The South Dakota Department of Health partnered with the South Dakota WorkWell Partnership to implement a multi-component approach to address sun safety policy, systems and environment change in worksites to increase sun safety behaviors and reduce the burden of skin cancer in outdoor workers.
Sun Safety for Child Care Programs: Implementation of a Sun Safety Model Policy to Reduce Skin Cancer Risk
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed preventable cancer in the United States. One bad sunburn in childhood doubles the risk of skin cancer later in life. The South Dakota Department of Health partnered with child care programs to support implementation of sun safety policies and evidence-based sun safety interventions to reduce the burden of skin cancer.
South Dakota Survivorship Program Outcomes Report
The South Dakota Survivorship Program (SDSP) is proud to announce the release of our Year Three Evaluation Report, which highlights outcomes of the SDSP and program partner collaborations. These collaborations have resulted in expansion of cancer survivorship surveillance systems, facilitation of community/clinical linkages, education for survivors and health care providers on cancer survivor best practices, and acceleration of the evidence related to survivorship practices.
Cancer Surveillance Briefs
The SD Cancer Survivorship Program developed two surveillance briefs. The cancer status and health indicators brief utilizes data from the 2015 and 2016 SD BRFSS to compare demographics, physician status, health behaviors, and quality of life indicators between cancer survivors and those with no cancer history. The cancer survivorship brief utilizes data from 2016 SD BRFSS cancer survivorship module to evaluate cancer survivorship care plan receipt and other relevant indicators for cancer survivorship.
The Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is proud to announce the release of our 2017-2018 Year in Review report. This report highlights the efforts our coalition and partners have made to ease the burden of cancer in our state. As you review the report, we challenge you to consider opportunities to expand the efforts and success of the coalition. Consider joining a coalition task force, a cross-cutting committee, applying to be a member of the steering committee, or recruit new members to the coalition.
Outcomes Report: Implementing Evidence-based Interventions to Increase HPV Vaccination Rates in SD
In an effort to reduce the burden of HPV associated cancers, the SD Department of Health partnered with Sanford Health to implement client reminders and provider assessment and feedback. The year one project period ran from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016, and included seven primary care clinics in SD. Efforts were expanded in year two to focus on series completion in the original seven clinics and expand implementation to include an additional 32 clinic sites in SD. The rate of zero-dose vaccination decreased by 22% among the seven clinics participating in both project years, and series completion rates increased 13% from project initiation to closeout throughout the two-year project.
White Paper on Provision of Survivorship Care Plans in Hard-to-Reach Patient Populations
The SD Cancer Survivorship Program recently released a white paper titled, “Provision of Survivorship Care Plans in Hard-to-Reach Patient Populations”. The paper explores two models of collaboration to distribute survivorship care plans for surgery-only urology cancer patients receiving care outside of a cancer treatment center model. A focus on surgery-only prostate patients is used to further explore specific processes.
Evidence-based Strategies to Increase Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Rates: Outcomes of a Targeted Funding Opportunities, 2016-2017
In March 2016, the SD Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program partnered with two healthcare facilities to implement evidence-based strategies to increase breast and cervical cancer screening rates. The facilities implemented client reminders for both breast and cervical cancer screening, as well as at least one provider-level intervention. The full Outcomes Report highlights the project and details the successes of implementing these interventions.
White Paper on Population-Based Patient Navigation
The SD Cancer Survivorship Program recently released a white paper featuring the Avera Cancer Institute Navigation Center (ACINC). The ACINC was developed as a community-based model of patient navigation adapted to meet the needs of the highly rural population in the region. The 24-hour, 7 day a week phone based delivery model provides the same level of service to patients and families at all six cancer centers within the system in a centralized manner by staff specialized in oncology navigation. Building on the initial success of the ACINC and literature demonstrating the medical, functional and psychosocial barriers patients face following primary treatment of cancer, a Survivorship Program was added in 2016. The Survivorship Program provides outbound phone calls to cancer survivors a few weeks after they’ve received a survivorship care plan.
The SD Cancer Survivorship Program is proud to announce the release of a white paper entitled, “Implementation of Survivorship Care Plans at Three Health System-Based Cancer Centers in a Rural State.”. The purpose of this project is to describe the development and implementation of cancer SCPs at three health systems’ cancer centers in a rural state. Collectively, these centers serve most cancer patients residing in SD, making the partnership a cross the cancer centers innovative. Each of the three health systems and their affiliated cancer centers if unique in its history, culture, and infrastructure. In addition, each cancer center was at a different point in the development and implementation of SCPs at the time of this project. Therefore, a description of the processes, success, and challenges involved in the development and implementation of SCPs at each health system provides useful insights to support the adoption of SCP’s in similar low-population states or regions.
Evidence-based Strategies to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: Outcomes of a Targeted Funding Opportunity, 2014-2015
In July 2014, the South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (SD CCCP) in partnership with the GetScreenedSD program released a funding opportunity aimed at improving colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates in South Dakota. The funding was targeted to healthcare facilities to provide patient education on screening options for CRC and to implement at least one evidence-based system or policy-level change targeting either patients or healthcare providers.
All of the grantees sites implemented evidence-based strategies toward increasing screening rates. The funding has made a measurable short-term impact. Colorectal cancer screening rates have improved across the three health systems reporting to national systems. Nearly 9,000 patient reminders were sent out from the three systems.
Yet, most important, are the notable system-level changes that have taken place due to the funding. One site developed EHR reporting capabilities, eliminating a time-intensive and imprecise chart audit that was used for reporting purposes before the funding. All systems established or enhanced work flow processes and patient reminder procedures within an EHR.