Project Summary

Reducing Cancer Disparities by Engaging Stakeholders (RCaDES) will use a learning community model to engage patients and stakeholders in reducing colorectal cancer and lung cancer screening rate disparities in diverse populations served by primary care practices of health systems in southeastern Pennsylvania. The RCaDES Learning Community will include a steering committee, patient and stakeholder advisory committees from two large health systems, and staff from Thomas Jefferson University. The RCaDES Learning Community will create a shared statement of purpose, develop a common agenda related to reducing cancer screening-related disparities in southeastern Pennsylvania, identify evidence-based approaches to increase screening and reduce disparities, facilitate the adaptation of effective intervention approaches for use in primary care practices, and promote the dissemination and implementation of interventions in regional health systems.

The projected outputs from this project are the development of a learning community with a common agenda related to reducing cancer screening-related disparities; determination of disparities in screening rates; identification of evidence-based approaches that increase screening and reduce screening disparities; adaptation of effective intervention approaches for use in primary care practices; dissemination of a model approach to intervention adaptation in health systems; and evaluation of learning community engagement and related outcomes.

Project collaborators include two regional health systems (Lehigh Valley Health Network and Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization); a patient and stakeholder advisory committee from each health system; insurers; a state and a local health department; regional employer groups; a national advocacy organization; a regional advocacy organization; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and Thomas Jefferson University. 

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Project Resource: RCaDES Agenda

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Project Information

Ronald Myers, PhD
Martha Romney, JD, MPH, MS
Thomas Jefferson University

Key Dates

27 months


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Last updated: March 4, 2022