WV Program to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening

The West Virginia Program to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening (WV PICCS) is a CDC-funded program directed in West Virginia through Cancer Prevention and Control at WVU Cancer Institute. The purpose of WV PICCS is to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in persons aged 50-75 in partnering health care systems in West Virginia. To date, WV PICCS has partnered with 44 primary care clinics to help increase their colorectal cancer screening rates.

WVU- WV PICCS Clinics locations around the state of WV
WV PICCS Cohort One (2015-2017)
Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center *
Roane County Family Health Center
Valley Health System
Family Care
New River Health Association *
Monroe County Health Center

WV PICCS Cohort Two (2016-2018)
Change, Inc
Wheeling Health Right *
Monongahela Valley Association of Health Centers *
Family Care
Clay-Battelle Health Services Association
Ritchie Regional Health Center
Robert C. Byrd Clinic *
St. George Medical Clinic

WV PICCS Cohort 3 (2017-2019)
Harpers Ferry Family Medicine
University Women’s Health
Inwood Family Medicine
Cheat Lake Family Medicine
UPC Barbour County Family Medicine
UPC Pennsboro Medical Center
UPC Pinewood Medical Center
UPC Salem Family Care
Camden Clark Primary Care
United Hospital Center Family Medicine

WV PICCS Cohort 4 (2018-2020)
Grant County Health Department
Preston-Taylor Community Health Centers
Beckley Health Right
Barbour Community Health Association
Cabin Creek Health Systems
Camden Family Health

* Partnering for an additional year, June 30, 2019- June 29, 2019

Through this project, primary care clinics receive training and ongoing technical assistance from WV PICCS program staff to meet the following objectives: 

  • Assess current screening practices and baseline CRC screening rates
  • Participate in health information technology assessment and recommendations of electronic health record (EHR) use for enhanced utilization of data
  • Implement two evidence-based interventions (EBIs):
    • Provider Assessment and Feedback
    • Client Reminders, utilizing the supportive activity of Patient Navigation and Small Media
    • Reduction of Structural Barriers
    • Provider Reminders
  • Increase practice adherence to current guidelines for screening and surveillance
  • Increase practice knowledge of CRC quality standards, timely follow-up, and rescreening schedules
  • Increase patient and public awareness of CRC screening through the use of culturally appropriate, tailored small media materials (flyers, brochures, postcards, signs, and social media)