Currently, strategies for cancer screenings are distinct from immunization-related strategies.
Immunization: Primary strategies to increase vaccination include:
- Strong provider recommendations
- Patient awareness of the need for the vaccine
- Limit out of pocket costs
In addition, the availability of immunizations at pharmacies has increased access for some of the age 65 and older population. In 2014, a recommendation for second pneumococcal vaccine for adults 65 years and older was made by CDC. In order to support full implementation of this new recommendation it is essential to educate providers and the public regarding the recommendations and issues with insurance (Medicare) coverage. For more information, please see our Immunization Scorecard.
Cancer: Though not specifically targeted to adults 65 and older, the following evidence-based strategies have been shown by the Community Guide (the Community Preventive Services Task Force of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to measurably impact population-level colorectal cancer screening rates:
- Reminder letters sent by providers reminding patients of being due/overdue for cancer screening
- Videos and printed materials distributed through community settings or healthcare settings.
- One-on-one education sessions to help people overcome barriers to screening
- Reducing barriers to screening by keeping flexible clinic hours, working in non-healthcare settings and offering on-site translation, transportation, patient navigators, and other administrative services.
- Giving providers feedback on their screening rates and overall performance.
- Informing providers when a patient is due or overdue for services
For more information, please see our Cancer Scorecard.