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Colorectal Cancer Screening in African American HOPE VI Public Housing Residents

Stone, Ramona, PhD, MPH; Stone, Jeffrey D., MS; Collins, Tom, BS; Barletta-Sherwin, Elyse, BA; Martin, Olivia, BA; Crosby, Richard, PhD

doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000229
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This study explores whether colorectal cancer screening outreach via home visits and follow-up calls is effective among public housing African American residents. It reports on the proportion of returned Fecal Immunochemical Test kits, on the characteristics of study participants, and on their primary reasons for returning the kit. By conducting home visits and follow-up calls, our colorectal cancer–screening outreach resulted in a higher Fecal Immunochemical Test kit return rate than anticipated. Findings suggest that a more personalized outreach approach can yield higher colorectal cancer–screening rates among urban minority populations, which are at higher risk to be diagnosed with late-stage colorectal cancer.

Department of Health, West Chester University, Sturzebecker HSC, West Chester, Pennsylvania (Dr Stone and Mss Barletta-Sherwin and Martin); Department of Geography and Geosciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky (Mr Stone); and Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Rural Cancer Prevention Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington (Mr Collins and Dr Crosby).

Correspondence: Ramona Stone, PhD, MPH, West Chester University, Sturzebecker HSC 315, West Chester, PA 19383 (

Funding for this research is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—Cooperative Agreement Number 1U48 DP005014. The findings and conclusions in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the US government. Dr Richard Crosby was principal investigator for the Cooperative Agreement Number 1U48 DP005014.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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