MCC 2008 Spirit of Collaboration Honorable Mention Award Winner Colorectal Cancer Awareness Network (CRAN) of Washtenaw County
About the Initiative The second annual Colorectal Cancer: No More Excuses...Get the Facts! free public informational colorectal cancer awareness and prevention program was held on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at the Kensington Court hotel in Ann Arbor.
Results Based on survey results returned from approximately 25% of the 100 attendees at the March 11 event, we learned that our message was presented in a clear and appropriate format. Although many of the audience members had some prior knowledge of colorectal cancer screening options, they still learned at least one additional piece of useful information from the presenters.
Survey results indicated that the information that was shared gave the audience members confidence to speak more openly about colorectal cancer prevention with family friends and their medical providers, and that the audience members were willing to attend further informational programs dealing with colorectal cancer issues.
Lessons Learned One of the most important lessons learned as a result of this collaboration is that it truly takes a village to get the message of the importance of colorectal cancer awareness prevention and screening options to the general public. The CRAN group utilized the table host idea of bringing guests to the event. They were able to mix old friends and new at their tables, creating more opportunities for future committee members and outreach events.
Numerous individuals, cancer survivors, caregivers, health care professionals, organizations, and businesses in the Washtenaw County community with a genuine interest in the issue of colorectal cancer screening and prevention awareness
"Colorectal Cancer Awareness Network of Washtenaw County" received the Michigan Cancer Consortium’s 2008 Spirit of Collaboration Honorable Mention Award. The annual award is presented to member organizations that have done outstanding collaborative work to significantly move comprehensive cancer control activities forward in Michigan.