Cook County CARES In 2015, the University of Chicago Medicine’s Center for Asian Health Equity received a $3.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase colorectal cancer (CRC) screenings in Chicago’s Cook County. The grant led to the formation of Cook County CARES (Col- orectal Cancer Alliance to Reinforce and Enhance Screening), a partnership between the university and local community health organizations. Since its inception, the program has made great strides in increasing access to colorectal cancer screenings and care. For example, the CARES team developed an innovative and sustainable web-based tool at ILColonCares.org to increase linkage to care for individuals referred for care from local community health clinics. This collaborative tool provides enhanced-quality CRC screening by providing clinics with access to available colonos- copy appointments at UChicago Medicine. The CARES program also continues to build com- munity partnerships, which have helped increase CRC screening rates in Cook County. Community Health Baseline YR1 0% 80% YR2 N/A Heartland Health Asian Human Services Friend Family Health Center UChicago Medicine 500 Patients 20% 40% 60% Heartland Health Center Asian Human Services Friend Family Health Center UChicago Medicine “With interventions developed through the CARES program, colorectal cancer screening rates have already increased at multiple community centers.” ELIGIBLE PATIENTS AT EACH CLINIC CLINIC SCREENING RATES 10 PATHWAYS TO DISCOVERY FALL 2017 News