The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's (ACS CAN) 2016 Advocacy Accomplishments report, Advocates in Action: Impacting the Cancer Burden, is now available online.
The report infographic, a stand-alone document that summarizes highlights, can be downloaded from the Brand Toolkit. (It is pictured above.)
The report details ACS CAN's success at the local, state, and national levels of government. In 2016, ACS CAN volunteers and staff played a critical role in helping to pass with strong bipartisan support the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes $4.8 billion in new funding for the National Institutes of Health, including $1.8 billion for the National Cancer Moonshot initiative over seven years. The organization's success in tobacco control last year, including California's $2 tobacco tax increase, is the largest tobacco tax increases in U.S. history. Despite the $71 million spent by tobacco companies to defeat the measure, voters overwhelmingly suppoted the initiative by a 64 percent to 36 percent margin.
- Two more states - Kansas and Massachusetts - passed laws restricting the use of indoor tanning devices for those under the age of 18.
- 50 municipalities implemented comprehensive smoke-free workplace, restaurant, and bar laws. Now, 58.6 percent of the U.S. population is protected by comprehensive state and local smoke-free laws.
- More than 700 ACS CAN cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and staff met with members of Congress and their staff during ACS CAN's National Leadership Summit and Lobby Day.
- 46 day-at-the-capitol events were held, engaging more than 3,500 ACS CAN volunteers and staff.
- 26,000 people joined ACS CAN through Relay For Life events, with nearly 200 Relay events being recognized as ACS CAN Club events for recruiting more than 40 members each.
Those are just a few of the many achievements highlighted in in the report.
We encourage you to share the report with colleagues, other volunteers, corporate partners, and others to increase awareness and understanding of the role of advocacy in helping to achieve the American Cancer Society's mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.