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 Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is proud to announce the release of our 2016 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. In addition, the full Full Evaluation Outcomes Report highlights all of the 2016 evaluation findings. A complete chart outlining progress within the state plan can be found on page 36 of this report, Appendix C: SD CCC Plan 2015-2020 Progress.
Sun Safety in 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.
The South Dakota Survivorship Program (SDSP) is proud to announce the release of our 2016 Evaluation Report. The SDSP aims to support cancer survivors through the expansion of cancer survivorship surveillance systems, facilitation of community/clinical linkages, education to survivors and healthcare providers on cancer survivor best practices and enhancement of the evidence related to survivorship practices.
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.