Prevent Cancer Foundation honors leaders in cancer prevention

NCCRT is proud to see Steering Committee member Dr. James Allen Hotz and Public Awareness Task Group co-chair Anjee Davis honored with the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s prestigious Laurels awards!

The Prevent Cancer Foundation honored leaders in cancer prevention with their annual “Laurels Awards” for national leadership, innovative programs and advocacy. The awards were presented at the 2016 Dialogue for Actionconference on cancer screening and prevention in a ceremony hosted by former ABC 7 news reporter Greta Kreuz.

“The exemplary individuals we honor with Laurels are the definition of leaders in cancer prevention and early detection,” said Carolyn Aldigé, President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “We are grateful for their contributions and look forward to working with them as they continue to work for change in the health and well-being of our communities.”

Laurel Award for National Leadership – Dr. James Allen Hotz
Dr. Hotz helped found Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) in 1978 and currently serves as the Clinical Services Director. The AAPHC has 13 clinical sites and has seen more than 2.5 million patients since its inception, the majority of whom are rural, African-American and live in poverty. Dr. Hotz is deeply involved in health policy around issues of access and disparities. He credits his dedication to the fight against cancer to the many family members he has lost to the disease.

Laurel Award for Dedication to Community Service– Mr. Ira F. Combs
Mr. Ira Combs has served as a community nurse for more than two decades. He is the founding director of North Omaha Area Health (NOAH), which addresses the needs of Omaha’s 60,000 African-Americans. Mr. Combs is committed to increasing cancer awareness through screenings, activities, materials, demonstrations and information. Under his guidance, NOAH produces a newsletter, comic and coloring book, website and social media sites to provide information about healthy living with an emphasis on inspiring young African-Americans to become involved in health education.

Laurel Award for Advocacy – Ms. Anjee Davis
Ms. Anjee Davis is the President of Fight Colorectal Cancer, a national nonprofit founded in 2005. For more than a decade, she has focused her work on colorectal cancer research, education and awareness. Ms. Davis has led public health efforts, developed statewide colorectal cancer screening programs and managed a community oncology practice. Ms. Davis’ work has established South Carolina has a national leader in efforts aimed at reducing the incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer.

The Laurels Awards are co-sponsored by the National Colorectal Council Roundtable and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.