North Dakota Colorectal Cancer Roundtable

North Dakota Colorectal Cancer Roundtable

The North Dakota Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NDCCRT), co-lead by the American Cancer Society and the North Dakota Department of Health, is a statewide coalition of organizations dedicated to reducing the incidence of and mortality from colorectal cancer in our state, through coordinated leadership and strategic planning.  The ultimate goal of the state’s Roundtable is to increase the use of proven colorectal cancer screening tests among the entire population for whom screening is appropriate.

What is the 80% by 2018 initiative?


80% by 2018 is a national movement in which hundreds of organizations have committed to eliminating colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of reaching 80% of the eligible U.S. population screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.  In North Dakota, 42% of adults are not up to date with colorectal cancer screening. Your organization can join this movement by signing the 80 by 18 Pledge- North Dakota today!

Dr. Wender, Chief Cancer Control Officer for the American Cancer Society, recorded a special video message about 80% by 2018 for North Dakota:

In the News…

Congratulations to the 2017 Turn ND Blue for CRC Awareness photo contest winners:

  • NDSU’s Masters of Public Health Department
  • City of Bismarck, Police and Public Health Department
  • Walsh County Health District & WIC
  • Essentia Health Endoscopy


Congratulations, Great Plains Quality Innovation Network!

The Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, comprised of the state quality improvement organizations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, and Nebraska, was one of just 6 organizations nationwide to receive an 80% by 2018 National Achievement Award from the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable in 2017.  The GPQIN is playing a vital role in the 80% by 2018 initiative. In North Dakota, GPQIN staff are working with multiple clinics to implement evidence-based interventions for improving colorectal cancer screening. Congrats, GPQIN!  This is the second year a North Dakota has been honored with this award. Coal Country Community Health Centers of Beulah, ND, was the 2016 Grand Prize recipient.

Left: Dr. Fadel Nammour, Chair of the ND CRC Roundtable, presents the GPQIN team with a certificate in celebration of their National Achievement Award during the 2017 Roundtable meeting in Bismarck.

Get Involved Locally

The NDCCRT has prioritized several strategies for increasing colorectal cancer screening statewide.  There are 4 workgroups actively working to implement these strategies.  If you are interested in a joining a workgroup or learning more, please contact

  • FluFIT
    • A technical support and information group for those interested in implementing the evidence-based intervention known as FluFIT. Watch for the 2017 FluFIT Summer School webinar series, beginning June 27 at 12pm CST.  Email for more details.
  • Access to Care (Worksites)
    • This group is implementing a local campaign to assist worksites/employers with the tools to offer paid time off for preventive wellness screenings. Coming soon – Employer Strategies to Increase Preventive Screening in ND
  • Provider Education
  • Public Awareness

Learn How Your Organization Can Advance 80% by 2018:

Thank you to the following ND organizations for signing the 80% by 2018 Pledge:

  • Altru Health System
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
  • Central Valley Health District
  • CHI St. Alexius Health
  • City-County District Health
  • Coal Country Community Health Centers
  • Community Health Association of the Dakotas
  • Custer Health
  • Essentia Health
  • Family HealthCare
  • Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board
  • North Dakota Cancer Coalition
  • North Dakota Department of Health
  • North Dakota Medical Association
  • Northland Community Health Center
  • Quality Health Associates of North Dakota
  • Sanford Health
  • Sakakawea Medical Center
  • Sargent County District Health
  • Southwestern District Health Unit
  • Trinity Health
  • Valley Community Health Center

Thank you to the NDCCRT Steering Committee:

Dr. Fadel Nammour, Chair Vice President and Council Chair, North Dakota Medical Association
Gastroenterologist, Dakota Gastroenterology Clinic
Dr. Aaron Garman Medical Director, Coal Country Community Health Centers
Pam Gulleson Vice President of Public Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND
Dr. Stephen Nelson Associate Medical Officer, Sanford Health Plan
Carey Rivinius, NP-C North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association
Dr. Donald Warne Director, Master of Public Health Program at North Dakota State University
Pete Seljevold Director, North Dakota Worksite Wellness Initiative

To learn more, contact the Co-Leads for 80% by 2018 work in ND:

Shannon Bacon

Health Systems Manager

Great West Division

American Cancer Society

4646 Amber Valley Pkwy

Fargo, ND 58104


Joyce Sayler

Community Partnership Coordinator

Division of Cancer Prevention and Control

North Dakota Department of Health

600 E. Boulevard Ave. Dept. 301

Bismarck, ND


Dr. Wender, Chief Cancer Control Officer for the American Cancer Society, sang a little song about 80% by 2018 during the 2015 North Dakota Cancer Coalition conference. VIDEO: Dr. Wender Singing to North Dakota

For additional information please contact the North Dakota Colorectal Cancer Roundtable at: