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The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), an organization co-founded by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has honored local nonprofit Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln with a national achievement award, recognizing community leadership in the ongoing effort to save lives through early detection of colorectal cancer.

One of seven honorees nationwide, Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln received the 80 percent by 2018 National Achievement Award in the community category. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent and expertise to advancing needed initiatives to reach the national goal of regularly screening 80 percent of adults age 50 or over for colorectal cancer.

Over 1,600 organizations, including medical professional societies, academic centers, survivor groups, government agencies, cancer coalitions, cancer centers and payers have signed a pledge to make this goal a priority.

“We are honored to recognize these extraordinary awardees for their dedication and efforts to continue to increase awareness that colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but only if people get tested,” said Dr. Richard Wender, chief cancer control officer, American Cancer Society.

Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln leads the Nebraska Physicians Cancer Screening Initiative, a community-based project that aims to increase breast and colorectal cancer screenings. Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln president and family physician Dr. Bob Rauner and Lincoln physicians, Dr. Mike Rapp of The Physician Network and Dr. Brandon Webb with OneHealth Nebraska, were inspired to create this project because Nebraska has a higher number of colon cancer cases than other states, yet lags behind in screening.

Since 2016, Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln and the Nebraska Physicians Cancer Screening Initiative have brought together 32 primary care clinics and seven Federally Qualified Health Centers, representing more than 179 primary care providers in Lincoln and Nebraska to implement systematic changes that will allow them to identify and screen more patients for breast and colorectal cancer. To date, nearly all participating practices are reporting significant colorectal cancer screening rate increases, with four clinics already reaching or surpassing the 80 percent screening rate goal, and many others close to reaching the goal.

On Feb. 28th, NASDAQ's opening bell in Times Square featured photos of Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln and the other awardees on the jumbotron at 8:30 a.m. Award winners will be recognized during the Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month kickoff event March 8 in Los Angeles. The event will feature celebrities, survivors and medical experts.

The event will be broadcast live on Facebook.com/MayoClinic from 12-12:20 p.m. CST and shared on Facebook.com/partnershiphealthylincoln. Panel discussions will broadcast on Facebook.com/AmericanCancerSociety from 12:20 a.m.–1 p.m.

Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln is a community health and wellness nonprofit that collaborates with other organizations on joint projects to improve health by: (1) increasing physical fitness, (2) promoting healthy weights and decreasing childhood obesity rates, (3) supporting good nutrition and breastfeeding, and (4) improving vaccination and cancer screening rates.

To learn more about Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, visit http://www.healthylincoln.org/

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