About Us

Who we are

The Colorectal Cancer Screening With Improved Shared Decision Making (CRCS-WISDM) initiative is a two-year research project that began in December 2012 and ends in December 2014. This project has been designed in partnership with Allina Health, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the communities of Hastings and Buffalo, Minnesota. The CRCS-WISDM project aims to improve rates of colorectal cancer screening in these communities by:


  • Integrating a shared decision making process into the local Allina primary care clinics
  • Engaging community members and organizations in an awareness campaign


Many medical decisions are confusing and finding the right information can be difficult. Shared decision making is a process of empowering patients to engage in their own health. By utilizing shared decision making for colorectal cancer screening, the WISDM project will provide our Hastings & Buffalo communities with good, reliable information about screening options and support through their decision making journey both in and out of the healthcare setting.


Our purpose

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., despite the fact that it is generally considered to be among the most preventable of all cancers. Screening is vital to the prevention, and early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer. Both men and women should start getting screened at 50 years of age. However, many people are not screened.

Because many medical decisions can be confusing and finding the right information can be difficult, this website will provide you with good, reliable information about:

  • The different screening options and what it means to your health
  • The advantages and disadvantages (pros and cons) for each option
  • Ways to help you think about making important health decisions
  • Local resources for colorectal cancer screening


Contact Information

If you have questions about the project or colorectal cancer screening, please contact us at (651) 438-1699 or (763) 684-7129. You can also contact us by filling out this form.


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