2014 C5 Summit Highlights

“Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening: Addressing Patient and Systems Barriers”

On June 4th, 2014, the DOHMH’s Cancer Program and The Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition (C5) hosted its 9th Annual C5 Summit at the New York University Kimmel Center, bringing together over 200 participants. The annual meeting gathers stakeholders from various sectors to discuss current issues in colon cancer screening and control.

This year the Summit convened the C5 community to report on the progress and successes of current initiatives, and to discuss strategies and programs to address patient and systems barriers to screening. Healthcare professionals and leaders in the field spoke and moderated discussion on various topics including:

  • Welcome and call to action from NYC Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH
  • Keynote on reaching 80% screened for colorectal cancer by 2018 by Richard Wender, MD
  • NYC colorectal cancer screening data
  • Discussion on screening modes
  • Preventive screening in primary care – strategies to improve systems
  • C5 Awards of Excellence presented to sites demonstrating a commitment to serving NYC’s uninsured population
  • Addressing patient barriers to screening in clinic and community settings
  • Patient navigation
  • Overview of national colorectal cancer screening success stories

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2014 C5 Summit Agenda

2014 Summit Presentations

The Summit’s success would not have been possible without the dedicated support of New York University’s Langone Medical Center, Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation, and the entire C5 community.

NYC Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett was greeted by C5 leaders and presenters (L to R): Durado Brooks, MD, MPH, Katy Huang, RN, MMSc, Ann Zauber, PhD, Robert Smith, PhD, Bernard Levin, MD, C5 Co-Chair Steve Itzkowitz, MD, C5 Co-Chair Felice Schnoll-Sussman, MD, Sidney Winawer, MD, Commissioner Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, Richard Wender, MD, Alvaro Carrascal, MD, MPH, NYC DOHMH Cancer Program Director, Mari Carlesimo, JD, and Mark Pochapin, MD.

NYC Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett was greeted by C5 leaders and presenters (left to right): Durado Brooks, MD, MPH, Katy Huang, RN, MMSc, Ann Zauber, PhD, Robert Smith, PhD, Bernard Levin, MD, C5 Co-Chair Steve Itzkowitz, MD, C5 Co-Chair Felice Schnoll-Sussman, MD, Sidney Winawer, MD, Commissioner Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, Richard Wender, MD, Alvaro Carrascal, MD, MPH, NYC DOHMH Cancer Program Director, Mari Carlesimo, JD, and Mark Pochapin, MD.

C5 Co-Chairs, Steve Itzkowitz, MD and  Felice Schnoll-Sussman, MD gave an overview of the Summit.

C5 Co-Chairs, Steve Itzkowitz, MD and Felice Schnoll-Sussman, MD gave an overview of the Summit.

NYC Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett  gave a warm welcome to C5 and discussed  NYC’s colorectal cancer screening data and the call to action.

NYC Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett gave a warm welcome to C5, and discussed NYC’s colorectal cancer screening data and the call to action.

An engaged audience listened as NYC Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett discussed NYC’s current actions aimed at increasing screening Citywide, as well as identifying and eliminating persistent inequalities in access to care.

An engaged audience listened as NYC Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett discussed NYC’s current actions aimed at increasing screening Citywide, as well as identifying and eliminating persistent inequalities in access to care.

Dr. Richard Wender, Chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), and the Chief Cancer Control Officer of the American Cancer Society, discussed the actions needed to reach the colorectal cancer screening goal of 80%.

Dr. Richard Wender, Chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), and the Chief Cancer Control Officer of the American Cancer Society, discussed the actions needed to reach the colorectal cancer screening goal of 80%.

From L to R: On behalf of C5, Katy Huang, MMSc, Mari Carlesimo JD, C5 Co-chair Steven Itzkowitz, MD,  and C5 Co-chair Felice Schnoll-Sussman, MD pledged to join forces with NCCRT to reach the goal of 80% screened by 2018. Richard Wender, MD, (far right) welcomed and commended this partnership.

From left to right: On behalf of C5, Katy Huang, MMSc, Mari Carlesimo JD, C5 Co-chair Steven Itzkowitz, MD, and C5 Co-chair Felice Schnoll-Sussman, MD pledged to join forces with NCCRT to reach the goal of 80% screened by 2018. Richard Wender, MD, (far right) welcomed and commended this partnership.

From L to R: Ann Zauber, PhD, Bernard Levin, MD, Steven Itzkowitz, MD, Victoria Obe, PhD and Durado Brooks, MD, MPH answered questions on colorectal cancer screening modes.

From left to right: Ann Zauber, PhD moderated as Bernard Levin, MD, Steven Itzkowitz, MD, Victoria Obe, PhD and Durado Brooks, MD, MPH answered questions on colorectal cancer screening modes.

Manuel Vazquez, MD, (left) discussed lessons learned from implementing FIT-based screening at the Urban Health Plan, Inc, Plaza Del Sol Family Health Center in Queens.  Matthew Weissman, MD, MBA (right) moderated the session.

Manuel Vazquez, MD, (left) discussed lessons learned from implementing FIT-based screening at the Urban Health Plan, Inc, Plaza Del Sol Family Health Center in Queens. Matthew Weissman, MD, MBA (right) moderated the session.

Mari Carlesimo, JD (center) and Alvaro Carrascal MD, MPH (right) welcomed Michael Caffes  (left) to share his story of receiving a free colonoscopy through the NYC Community Cares Project (CCP).  The CCP is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society C5 Coalition, C5 and the NYC DOHMH that aims to increase colonoscopy screening rates among the uninsured by partnering Community Health Centers (CHCs), which serve the underserved, with Endoscopy Centers (ECs) that are providing free colonoscopy screenings for uninsured patients.

Mari Carlesimo, JD (center) and Alvaro Carrascal MD, MPH (right) welcomed Michael Caffes (left) to share his story of receiving a free colonoscopy through the NYC Community Cares Project (CCP). The CCP is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society, C5 Coalition, and the NYC DOHMH that aims to increase colonoscopy screening rates among the uninsured by partnering Community Health Centers (CHCs), which serve the underserved, with Endoscopy Centers (ECs) that are providing free colonoscopy screenings for uninsured patients.

Congratulations to the organizations that received this year’s Award of Excellence in recognition of their dedication and commitment to serving New York City’s uninsured population. On behalf of the Community Cares Project, Mari Carlesimo, JD, (far left) and Alvaro Carrascal, MD, MPH (far right) awarded the following recipients/organizations (from left to right): Steven Housberg (Advanced Endoscopy Center), Kathy Gruber (William F. Ryan Community Health Center), Scott Williams (Carnegie Hill Endoscopy), James DiLorenzo, MD (New York GI Center), Ann Sariego (Physicians Endoscopy), Matthew Weissman, MD, MBA (Community Healthcare Network), Doria Cipriani, RN (Advanced Endoscopy Center), Helen Lowenwirth (East Side Endoscopy, Inc), Fran Glennon, RN (East Side Endoscopy, Inc), Amarilys Cortijo, MD (Mount Hope Clinic), Peter Davidson, MD (Gouverneur Health), Paloma Hernandez (Urban Health Plan, Inc), William Bateman, MD, (Gouverneur Health), Michelle Lam (Gouverneur Health), Perry Pong, MD (Charles B. Wang Community Health Center), Walid Michelen, MD (NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation), Jessica Sessions (William F. Ryan Community Health Center), Manuel Vazquez, MD (Urban Health Plan, Inc – Plaza Del Sol Family Health Center).

Summit attendees took a break from the sessions to enjoy lunch.

Summit attendees took a break from the sessions to enjoy lunch.

 Lina Jandorf, MA, (center) presented on the history and background of patient navigation.  Patient Navigators, Amanda Velasquez, PSC, and Rosemilly Ellakkis, SPN (right) shared their experiences working with patients and described how they addressed patient barriers to screening in their facilities.

Lina Jandorf, MA, (center) presented on the history and background of patient navigation. Patient Navigators, Amanda Velasquez, PSC (left), and Rosemilly Ellakkis, SPN (right) shared their experiences working with patients and described how they addressed patient barriers to screening in their facilities.

In the Patient Barriers to Screening session, Joseph Ravenell, MD, MS, presented his research on clinical and community-based approaches to reducing colorectal cancer health disparities among African American men by improving colon cancer screening in Black churches and barbershops in New York City.

In the Patient Barriers to Screening session, Joseph Ravenell, MD, MS, presented his research on clinical and community-based approaches to reducing colorectal cancer health disparities among African American men by improving colon cancer screening in Black churches and barbershops in New York City.

Robert Smith, PhD and Durado Brooks, MD (not in photo) gave an overview of successful programs that have been implemented in other states to increase rates of colorectal cancer screening.

Robert Smith, PhD and Durado Brooks, MD (not in photo) gave an overview of successful programs that have been implemented in other states to increase rates of colorectal cancer screening.

Thank you to NYU Langone Medical Center for hosting the 9th Annual C5 Summit! C5 couldn’t have asked for better weather or a more spectacular view that day.

Thank you to NYU Langone Medical Center for hosting the 9th Annual C5 Summit! C5 couldn’t have asked for better weather or a more spectacular view that day.