Iowa Get Screened: Colorectal Cancer Program
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Iowa Get Screened (IGS): Colorectal Cancer Program partners with Iowa’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and local public health agencies to increase screenings for colorectal cancer. Through a collaboration with the Iowa Primary Care Association (IPCA) and FQHCs, the department serves low-income Iowans, ages 50-75, to:
- Increase the number of cancers prevented
- Increase the diagnosis of early stage colorectal cancer
- Reduce colorectal cancer incidence and mortality in the state
Iowa is one of 35 grantees funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support these efforts through a program titled Public Health and Health Systems Partnerships to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in Clinical Settings.
For more information visit the CDC's website here: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/crccp/.
Colorectal cancer screening is available to eligible Iowans through IDPH's Iowa Get Screened Program at the Black Hawk County Health Department and the Polk County Health Department. A map of the screening locations and contact information is below, as well as the eligibility requirements:
IGS Screening Locations Map
Eligibility Requirements include: Iowans at average or increased risk of colorectal cancer, 300% at or below the Federal Poverty Level, asymptomatic and uninsured or under-insured.
Iowa has joined the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) in an effort to promote the national initiative of 80% in Every Community. This initiative focuses on bringing down barriers to colorectal cancer screening in an effort to increase screening rates in Iowa and across the country to 80%.