80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards

The 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards is a program designed to recognize individuals and organizations who are dedicating their time, talent and expertise to advancing needed initiatives that support the shared goal to reach colorectal screening rates of 80% and higher in communities across the nation. More than 1,800 organizations – including medical professional societies, academic centers, survivor groups, government agencies, cancer coalitions, cancer centers, payers, and many others – have signed a pledge to make this goal a priority. This program seeks to highlight the work of 80% partners and other leaders and organizations who are advancing this important goal.

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in men and women in the United States and a cause of considerable suffering among more than 150,000 adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year. The good news is that when adults get screened for colorectal cancer, it can be detected early at a stage when treatment is most likely to be successful, and in some cases, it can be prevented through the detection and removal of precancerous polyps. About 1 in 3 adults ages 50 and older are not getting screened as recommended.

80% in Every Community is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable initiative in which more than 1,800 organizations have committed to substantially reduce colorectal cancer through screening – making our collective achievements the next big public health success story. Learn more about how to pledge your support to the 80% goal if you haven’t already.

Honorees will be announced in March 2023.

The top five submissions, as determined by an independent volunteer panel, will be awarded one of the following beginning in March 2023:

  • Grand Prize: $3,000 charitable donation on behalf of the honoree (if the honoree is a non-profit, they can receive the donation directly) and certificate of recognition
  • 1st Runner Ups (four prizes): $1,000 charitable donation on behalf of the honoree (if the honoree is a non-profit, they can receive the donation directly) and certificate of recognition

Recognition for all Awardees:

  • Recognition during NCCRT’s National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month events in March
  • Acknowledgement on NCCRT social media outlets
  • Project descriptions featured on NCCRT.org
  • The opportunity to be a guest writer for the NCCRT’s 80% Blog
  • A press release template from NCCRT announcing the award

Our intent is that charitable donations be used to advance the good work being done to substantially reduce colorectal cancer as a major public health problem.

Almost anyone who believes their work can be considered an 80% in Every Community success story can submit an entry! Nominations and self-nominations will be accepted. NCCRT members and non-members alike can participate and individual or collaborative efforts are eligible. Nonprofits, corporations, individuals, community groups – anyone who is working toward the shared goal to achieve an 80% colorectal cancer screening rate. Note that the program is only open to US residents 18 years and older. ACS staff are not eligible to be nominated, but they are encouraged to submit nominations. Submissions could come from:

  • Cancer Coalition/State Roundtable
  • Community Health Center
  • Community
  • Employer
  • Health Plan
  • Hospital/Health System
  • Individual Champion, such a Physician Champion or Survivor Champion
  • Physician Practice
  • Policy Maker/Community Leader
  • Other

Some examples could include:

  • Leaders who are empowering people and organizations to work together to accelerate efforts to increase colorectal cancer screening rates, particularly among the unscreened.
  • Individual survivors or those touched by colorectal cancer, who are using their personal story to educate about the importance of screening and ensure that others can benefit from life-saving screening tests.
  • Public officials/Advocates who are working to ensure that barriers to screening are coming down.
  • Organizations/medical practices putting processes and systems in place to make sure that each and every person eligible for screening gets a message about screening and knows how to successfully act on that message.
  • Community Health Centers and other entities working to help the underserved overcome barriers to colorectal cancer screening.

An independent, volunteer team will consider such factors as the following in selecting honorees:

  • IMPACT: Was the nominee able to measure impact? Or improve screening rates for a target population?
  • COMMUNITIES IN NEED: How did the nominee’s activities address cultural challenges or the needs of under-represented communities?
  • VISIBILITY: How did the nominee increase the community’s awareness of colorectal cancer screening? Did the messages align with 80% messaging?
  • LEADERSHIP: Did the nominee demonstrate leadership?
  • INNOVATION: Did the nominee do something that was new or unique?
  • INSPIRATION: Would the nominee inspire others in their 80% efforts?

Submissions forms should include:

  • Submission category (e.g. Health Plan)
  • Name, email address, organization (if applicable), phone number, city and state
  • Project Goal/Individual mission
  • Overview of the activity, initiative or outreach effort, including target audience (400 words or less)
  • Reason individual/program entity should be recognized, including evidence of impact (150 words or less)

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 awards program. The deadline to submit your nomination is Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 8:00 PM ET.

By entering, the entrant agrees that the NCCRT may promote the winning entries in any form of media. (Nominated individuals/organizations will be contacted for promotion approval). While we must receive a complete application via the submission form linked above, we encourage you to share ideas and efforts through social media channels by using the hashtag #80inEveryCommunity. You may also email nccrt@cancer.org with any questions.

The 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards program is made possible in part by support from Platinum sponsors to our 2022 NCCRT Annual Meeting. Thank you to Guardant Health and Labcorp for sponsoring the 2023 awards program!