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Well, good afternoon, everybody, and welcome to our webinar on colorectal cancer advocacy. I'm Dr. Angela McIlyde.
I have the pleasure of serving as the Vice President for Programs and Education at the American College of Preventive Medicine.
We're joined today by two outstanding professionals, Molly McDonald, who's the Director of Advocacy for Fight Colorectal Cancer, and Mr. James Gray,
who is the Senior Government Relations Director in Texas for the American Cancer Society Action Network. I'd like to just spend a couple of minutes telling you
about the American College of Preventive Medicine. ACPM is a professional medical society of approximately 2,000 physicians dedicated
to improving the health and quality of life of individuals, families, communities, and whole populations through disease prevention and health promotion.
We're based in Washington, D.C. Our members are licensed medical doctors who possess expertise in a broad range of healthcare skills, including biostatistics, epidemiology,
the management of health organizations, research, and the practice of prevention in clinical settings.
Our members work in hospitals, government at the local, state, and national levels, the military, laboratories, business, and academia.
I have a few housekeeping items to share. The first is that as the audience has been placed in listen-only mode,
we will be posting a recording of this webinar on the acpm.org website in just a day or two.
Video Summary
The webinar discussed the advocacy work being done by the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), Fight Colorectal Cancer, and the American Cancer Society Action Network. The organizations are working to advance colorectal cancer screening policies at the federal and state levels. They are focused on improving funding for the CDC's Colorectal Cancer Control Program, which works to increase screening rates, and establishing a dedicated research program at the Department of Defense. At the state level, the organizations are supporting coalitions working to update state statutes to align with the new age guidelines for screening and to ensure coverage for follow-up colonoscopies. Several states have successfully passed legislation to prioritize colorectal cancer screening and treatment. The webinar highlighted the importance of including healthcare professionals and survivors in advocacy efforts, as their personal stories can have a powerful impact on legislators. The organizations emphasized the need for increased funding for research to better understand the increase in colorectal cancer rates among younger populations.
colorectal cancer screening
state statutes
healthcare professionals
younger populations

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