Catalyst State-by-State Advocacy Program

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Fight CRC’s Catalyst program aims to accelerate progress toward turning colorectal cancer screening goals into reality (80% screened) by increasing access and reducing barriers to colorectal cancer (CRC) screening.

Fight CRC provides funding and technical assistance to support grassroots activities and coalition-building at the state level that will lead to state-level legislative and policy changes to advance colorectal cancer screening.

The program includes two grant levels: 

  1. Catalyst Grants → $10,000-$50,000 awarded to state-level programs that demonstrate coalition and partnership ability to activate state-level policy change to increase the screening rate for CRC 
  2. Spark Grants → up to $2,500 awarded to state-level programs to create a usable action plan to increase screening for CRC. This plan can be a stepping stone to apply for Fight CRC’s Catalyst Program in future grant cycles. 

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 coverage for insured populations to include 45-49-year olds, as is now recommended through American Cancer Society Guidelines
  • Removing patient cost-sharing for follow-up colonoscopies follow a positive first-line colorectal cancer screening exam for insured populations 

Grantees receive a full-day action planning session with a strategic planner to develop their strategy for carrying out the goals of the program in their state. Fight CRC also provides resources through an Advocacy Portal (launching soon!) such as state fact sheets, draft action alerts, letters to the editor, and other supporting materials. We work to foster a community of colorectal cancer champions across states to troubleshoot challenges and share best practices. 

Catalyst State-by-State Advocacy Program 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: 

  • Lisa Richardson MD, MPH, Director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
  • Nikki Hayes, MPH, Branch Chief, CDC Comprehensive Cancer Control Branch 
  • Caroline Powers, Director, Federal Relations, ACS CAN 
  • Rachel Marcus, State and Local Campaigns Manager, ACS CAN 
  • Taylor Patton, Director, Advocacy & Policy, Prevent Cancer Foundation

Questions about the Fight CRC Catalyst Program? Email our advocacy team below.