Jamie Zoellner, PhD, Works With Cancer Centers to Boost Colorectal Cancer Screenings in Southwest Virginia

August 18, 2022 by

Jamie Zoellner, PhDUVA Cancer Center and Community Health Center of the New River Valley are expanding their partnership to boost colorectal cancer screening rates to 80% of eligible patients. The two centers will hire a cancer screening navigator for the Community Health Center of the New River Valley’s three locations to help patients access the potentially lifesaving screenings. This expanded partnership builds on an 18-month pilot study funded by an integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV) grant which successfully increased the percentage of eligible patients screened from 30.5% to 47.3%.

Jamie Zoellner, PhD, a professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences says, “We know that colorectal cancer screenings save lives. Initiating a cancer screening navigation program within Community Health Center of the New River Valley will allow us to support providers’ capacity to increase colorectal cancer screening referrals and follow-through among their patients.”  Professor Zoellner is associate director of UVA Cancer Center without Walls and provides leadership for community-based health equity initiatives, including outreach efforts in southwest and southside Virginia.

In addition to hiring  a cancer center navigator, the Community Health Center of New River Valley’s other initiatives include more patient friendly educational materials and  training for the community health center’s staff.

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