Catalyst State-by-State Advocacy Program
The Catalyst State-by-State Advocacy Program is a competitive grant program created to support colorectal cancer policy change at the state level. Our goal is to accelerate progress toward turning aspirational colorectal cancer screening goals into reality by increasing access and reducing barriers to colorectal cancer screening.
Through the Catalyst Program Fight CRC supports grassroots activities and coalition-building at the state level that will lead to legislative and policy changes to advance colorectal cancer screening. We aim to foster a community of colorectal cancer champions across states to troubleshoot challenges and share best practices.
State-level programs that demonstrate coalition and partnership ability to activate state-level policy change are eligible for $10,000-$50,000 over a two year period. In addition, grantees receive technical assistance, a full-day action planning session with a strategic planner to develop their strategy, as well as resources such as state fact sheets, action alerts, draft testimony, and other supporting materials.
The Catalyst Program supports policy efforts that may range from passing legislation at the state level to working with major payors or employers in the state to provide coverage for screening. This can include:
- Ensuring colorectal cancer screening coverage for screening to begin at age 45 for those with average risk, as recommended by American Cancer Society Guidelines
- Removing patient out-of-pocket costs for follow-up colonoscopies following a positive non-invasive colorectal cancer screening exam
In 2020, Fight CRC awarded Catalyst grants to Arkansas, California, Colorado and Louisiana. Don’t see your state below? Click here to learn more about colorectal cancer screening in your state.
Catalyst Advisory Council
The Catalyst State-by-State Advocacy Program Advisory Council serves as an outside review panel to evaluate grant applications and provide input on funding decisions. The Advisory Council also provides guidance and technical assistance throughout the grant cycle. The Advisory Council includes representatives from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Prevent Cancer Foundation, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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