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Cancer Prevention

Cancer is a leading cause of death among Minnesotans. Since 2010, ICSI has worked with the Minnesota Department of Health, the American Cancer Society and others to increase cancer screening. We participated in roundtable discussions, facilitated advisory groups, and led learning collaboratives on cancer screening.

  • Our 2012–13 learning collaborative looked at processes for breast, colorectal and cervical cancer screening, with a goal of making health system changes to facilitate risk-appropriate screening. Read the report.
  • In 2013-14, ICSI worked with several health care organizations to increase their screening rates for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer. They created value stream maps to identify opportunities for improvement, and then focused on pre-visit planning, reminders and systemwide implementation of the evidence. Read the report.

Tobacco Cessation

It has been over 50 years since the Surgeon General’s report that concluded smoking is a health hazard. According to Minnesota Public Health 2014 data, 14.4 percent of adults reported being current smokers. Although the rates of tobacco use continue to decline, there is much work left to do.

ICSI is currently partnering with ClearWay Minnesota to increase the capacity of health care organizations to assess and address tobacco use. Learn more.

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United State. However, this cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable. ICSI worked with the Minnesota Department of Health and American Cancer Society for several years to increase the colorectal cancer screening rate in Minnesota.

  • In 2010, subgroups worked on marketing, coding/payment, high risk and workflow. A subsequent learning collaborative focused on the use of MN Community Measurement outcome data. Read the report.
  • A 2011-12 collaborative between ICSI, the American Cancer Society and MDH focused on increasing colorectal cancer screening rates. Read the report.

Many are not aware that colorectal cancer affects American Indians at higher rates than other Americans. It is the second most common cancer among Northern Plains American Indians, with rates 53 percent higher than the general U.S. population.

In 2014, the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) embarked on a pilot across seven states to increase colorectal cancer screening rates at tribal clinics, and turned to ICSI to learn more about how to support and guide these clinics through a quality improvement project. ICSI's work was made possible by donations from UCare and Powwow for Hope.

Updated 03/02/16