ECC Receives American Cancer Society Award

NAME: Joy Dixon
TITLE: Health Systems Manager, Primary Care Systems
PHONE: 850-329-4547


TAMPA, FL – October 13, 2015 -- The American Cancer Society announced 21 community health centers across Florida will receive up to $10,000 each to increase colorectal cancer screening through interventions and systems change initiatives in their clinics. ACS will also provide training, resources, materials, and quality improvement coaching to partner systems through local staff partners.

Colorectal cancer screening is a quality measure for the organization. “It is important that our patients recognize the importance of this screening in their health care”, said Mary Ehrhardt, Director of Quality Management and Risk Management.

More than 1.2 million Floridians receive care at a community health center. Community health centers serve low-income, uninsured and Medicaid populations. Ninety-three percent of their patients live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.  

“The colorectal cancer screening rate in Florida’s community health centers is only 32%, significantly lower than the 65% average for the state”, said Joy Dixon, Primary Care Manager, American Cancer Society. “It is imperative that we reduce this screening disparity to ensure that all Floridians have access to appropriate screening. Community health centers are local, community-based primary care providers and are key to reaching all populations.” 

These awards advance Florida’s efforts to reach 80% by 2018, a national campaign to increase colorectal cancer screening to 80% among adults age 50 and older. The 80% by 2018 campaign is co- led by ACS and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT).  

Community health centers were evaluated as potential award recipients on the evidence-based interventions and systems change initiatives proposed, along with their current colorectal screening rates, their number of age-eligible patients, the colorectal cancer incidence and mortality counts in counties served, and geographic distribution.

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress, 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s  largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

About Escambia Community Clinics
Since 1992, the mission of Escambia Community Clinics has been to provide comprehensive primary and preventive health care to the citizens of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties and surrounding areas, with a special focus on access to care for the under-insured, uninsured, working poor and medically needy.   Designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in 2007, ECC has expanded access to health care for the most vulnerable citizens in our community, and now provides a wide range of services for both children and adults at nine locations in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.  Last year, Escambia Community Clinics, Inc. sites provided over 89,000 patient visits.  For more information on services, call (850) 436-4630 or visit

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