The Colorectal Cancer Screening Program aims to improve access to colorectal cancer screening and reduce health disparities by reaching out to Connecticut residents who would otherwise forego life-saving colonoscopy because of financial, language or other barriers.
Colonoscopy Saves Lives
Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and directed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the program provides free colonoscopies to people ages 50 to 64 who lack health insurance, are underinsured and meet other health and financial criteria. As one of seven sites in Connecticut, Danbury Hospital is working with physicians and community healthcare organizations to connect with eligible patients.
Ongoing Patient Support
As part of the program, a bilingual certified patient navigator provides one-on-one assistance to help individuals overcome barriers to accessing care. The navigator assists patients every step of the way – from translating medical instructions and helping with the preparation regimen before having a colonoscopy to providing patient education about the importance of colonoscopy and referring patients to primary care physicians and other community resources.
For More Information
For more information about the Colorectal Cancer Screening Program, please call certified patient navigator at (203) 739-6417 at the Praxair Cancer Center. To learn more about Danbury Hospital, visit our patient and visitor information section.