A visit by the Screen for Life Mobile Coach

A visit by the Screen for Life Mobile Coach

The Screen for Life Mobile Coach is a 45-foot-long bus that can bring cancer screening directly to workplaces. Its services are aimed at mid-to-large size companies with screening-age employees who:

  • Don’t have a healthcare provider such as a family doctor or nurse practitioner
  • Have a healthcare provider but face transportation, cultural or other personal barriers to participating in cancer screening.

Note: While work schedules and lack of time can be barriers to screening, we encourage people to see their family doctor/nurse practitioner as the very best option. Several Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) locations offer breast screening during evenings and weekends. However, where people still face barriers based on time and work schedules, the Coach may be a helpful solution.

Eligibility for cancer screening is based on age, gender, personal and family health histories. Everyone visiting the Coach meets with a registered nurse from the Regional Cancer Program who takes a brief health history to determine what cancer screening tests are right for them. The Coach provides screening through the province’s free, organized screening programs:

  • ColonCancerCheck (CCC) for men and women ages 50 – 74
  • Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) for women ages 50 – 74
  • Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP) for women ages 21 – 69

The Coach’s registered nurse can distribute an easy take-home test through ColonCancerCheck (CCC) that screens for signs of colon cancer, a highly treatable disease when caught early. It’s recommended that men and women, ages 50 to 74, with no symptoms or family history take this test every two years. Mammograms through the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) are available on the Coach for women ages 50 to 74.

Pap tests through the Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP) are available for women ages 21 to 69. Services also include smoking cessation referral for screening-age clients.

The Coach features a state-of-the-art digital mammography suite, private exam room, sitting area and wheelchair accessibility (Tour the Coach here).  An employee could spend 20 minutes on the Coach, depending on screening tests needed.

Privacy: Separate screening areas can be created for men and women, by working with companies to secure a separate space in the workplace for men to have their cancer risk assessment, tobacco cessation intervention and/or receive their take-home FOBT kits to screen for signs of colon cancer.

What to bring: A valid Ontario Health Card is required for screening services on the Screen for Life Mobile Coach.

Parking the Coach: The Coach needs a location to park that’s level and accessible for employees, as well as a place nearby for the Coach team to park their vehicles. Our team also requires access to a washroom inside your facility. We require employers to promote the Coach services to their staff in advance of our visit, and will provide all promotional materials.

Promotional materials: Businesses booking the Coach will be provided with promotional materials prior to their screening day, so that they can share news of the visit with staff. Promotional materials include:

  • Posters (electronic and hard copy)
  • Postcards with screening information
  • A FAQ sheet
  • A sign-up sheet
  • A USB with an easy-to-follow FOBT video, powerpoint slides and social media messaging

Contact for booking:

Britney Martin
Acting Coordinator, Screen for Life Mobile Coach/Screen for Life Workplace Program
Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Regional Cancer Program
T: 905-521-2100, ext. 79302
E: martinbrit@hhsc.ca


Riley Crotta
Manager, Integrated Cancer Screening Program and Aboriginal Cancer Program
Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Regional Cancer Program
Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre
T: (905)-521-2100 ext. 63007; C: (289)-237-2571
E: rcrotta@hhsc.ca