Explore Resources & Inspiration from ACG

Reezwana Chowdhury, MD, FACG; Chair, ACG Public Relations Committee

February 8, 2024 – March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is a rallying point for ACG members and the GI community to bring attention to the lifesaving benefits of colorectal cancer screening. The ACG Public Relations Committee wants you to be aware of opportunities to get involved through some of the well-respected CRC patient advocacy organizations and to explore the College’s CRC screening educational resources, infographics, social media banners, and awareness tools.

Get inspired by ACG’s 2023 SCOPY Award Winners and their high-impact public awareness initiatives. Explore ACG’s activities in March 2024 and ways you can get involved, including requesting a proclamation in your state designating March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.


Colorectal Cancer Awareness Education Resources

Explore a wealth of resources and downloadable materials developed by ACG experts on the College’s website. As you make your plans for March, explore the College’s CRC Community Education Toolkit with infographics, social media banners, and awareness tools. There are excellent materials to download and use with patients, at community events, and on social media! The College now has a one-page infographic to download translated into 10 languages.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Education Resources

CRC Community Education Toolkit Materials & Banners to Download

Patient Slides “Understanding Colorectal Cancer”

Dress in Blue Day: Friday, March 1, 2024

ACG celebrates “Dress in Blue Day” on Friday, March 1, 2024! The GI community will wear blue to show support and enthusiasm for lifesaving colorectal cancer screening. For inspiration, explore some of the photos from last year on ACG’s Flickr Album Dress in Blue Day 2023. For 2023, be sure to share your photos on social media using hashtags #DressInBlueDay #BlueForCRC and tag @AmCollegeGastro.

The ACG Board of Trustees is dedicated to colorectal cancer screening for average-risk individuals starting at age 45! Back Left to Right: Dr. Aasma Shaukat, Dr. Jill Gaidos, Dr. Renee Williams, Dr. Irving Pike, Dr. Jean-Paul Achkar, Dr. Brooks Cash, Dr. Patrick Young, Dr. Seth Gross, Dr. Samir Shah, Dr. Millie Long, Dr. David Hass, Dr. Neil Stollman, Dr. Jasmohan Bajaj. Front Left to Right: Dr. Costas Kefalas, Dr. William Chey, Dr. Jonathan Leighton, Dr. Amy Oxentenko, Dr. Nicholas Shaheen, Dr. Neena Abraham.

Ride or Stride for 45 Virtual Challenge!

In this virtual event during March 2024, ACG members, your patients, families, and friends are all invited to bike, run, or walk 45 miles in March (or 45 minutes per day during the month) to show your support and enthusiasm for preventing colorectal cancer beginning at age 45 for all average-risk adults. Share your progress and show your commitment to colorectal cancer prevention via social media using #RideOrStrideFor45 and tagging @AmCollegeGastro. Plan an event in your community or with your GI fellowship program. Learn more!


Get Inspired by ACG SCOPY Award Winners

ACG’s SCOPY Award (Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention & Year-Round Excellence) recognizes the achievements of ACG members in their community engagement, education, and awareness efforts for colorectal cancer prevention. ACG members are invited to submit examples of projects and programs that demonstrate outstanding creativity and commitment to spreading the potentially lifesaving message of the importance of colorectal cancer screening and prevention. Explore the impressive range and breadth of winning project 2023: gi.org/SCOPY The deadline for 2024 SCOPY submissions will be May 1, 2024.

For Inspiration: Watch this ACG Virtual Grand Rounds, “Lessons & Pearls from ACG’s SCOPY Award Winners from February 1, 2024

ACG Virtual Grand Rounds on February 1, 2024 featured a special session with recent winners of the ACG SCOPY Award whose CRC community education initiatives offer excellent templates and insights for ACG members. Dawn M. Baker and Dr. Darwin Conwell from the University of Kentucky, Dr. Erica Duh, a GI trainee from UC Irvine, Dr. Katie Farah from Allegheny Health Network, and Dr. Sudha Pandit from LSU Shreveport all shared their experiences in a session hosted by Dr. Reezwana Chowdhury and Dr. Tauseef Ali.

SCOPY Gallery


Save the Date: ACG Supports Fight CRC’s United In Blue Rally March 12, 2024

ACG President Dr. Daniel J. Pambianco at Fight CRC “United In Blue” Rally in Washington, DC in 2023

On Tuesday, March 12, 2024 in Washington, DC on the National Mall, ACG President Jonathan A. Leighton, MD, FACG will represent ACG at the Fight Colorectal Cancer “United in Blue” rally and installation. ACG is proud to be one of the organizations standing with this group of CRC patients, survivors, and caregivers who will gather in Washington, DC to visit with legislators and bring attention to colorectal cancer and the trends in young-onset disease. A dramatic installation of 27,400 blue flags near the U.S. Capitol will be a visual representation of those younger than 50 who will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2030 unless we do more to educate, screen, and raise awareness.


Save the Date: Bridging Medicine & Music Concert and Program organized by ACG Governor Ronald K. Hsu, MD, FACG on March 22, 2024

2024 Bridging Medicine & Music is a colorectal cancer education program and concert organized by Dr. ACG Governor for Northern California Ronald K. Hsu, MD, FACG, and featuring Special Guest international celebrity Electric Violinist Mark Wood in person at Davis Senior High School Davis, CA on March 22, 2024 and streaming live online from 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT to 12:30 am ET/9:30 pm PT.

Dr. Hsu invited the College to serve as a Promotional Partner for this event in which Mr. Wood will perform a live concert with five orchestras and choirs from the Davis Joint Unified School District in a 2-hour program at the Richard Brunelle Performance Hall in Davis, CA. As part of the event, Dr. Hsu has a community education program planned to bring attention to colorectal cancer screening and prevention.

In addition to the in-person program, Dr. Hsu and the team at Davis High School will livestream the performance to all ACG members and communities nationwide. Dr. Hsu has invited several ACG leaders to make short videos highlighting ACG’s commitment and mission in raising CRC awareness to include in the program. More details on accessing the live stream can be found at www.bridgingmedicineandmusic.com.

Electric Violinist Mark Wood & Dr. Douglas Rex on “Rock ‘n’ Roll Bridging Medicine & Music 2024”


Save the Date: Tune It Up Concert on March 28, 2024 at 8 pm ET

“Tune It Up” Concert to Raise Awareness of Colorectal Cancer returns for March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month on Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 8 pm Eastern under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Levy. Until then, for inspiration, listen to the recordings from 2022 and 2023 concerts at gi.org/concert.


Go #BlueForCRC During March

The Colon Cancer Coalition invites ACG members to join a national effort with patient advocates to illuminate landmarks blue and raise awareness of colorectal cancer prevention. Visit the Coalition’s Blue for CRC page for resources, best practices, templates, and inspiration. Share your iconic blue landmarks during March CRC Month on social media with #BlueForCRC.


Guidance on Requesting State Proclamations for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month from Fight CRC and the Colon Cancer Coalition

Left to Right: Dr. March Seabrook, Dr. John K. Corless, South Carolina Lieutenant Governor The Hon. Pamela Evette, and Dr. Rajeev Vasudeva at the State House in Columbia, SC in 2022.

Work with colorectal cancer advocates from Fight CRC and the Colon Cancer Coalition to request a proclamation in your state designating March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Every state’s process is different, but the groups have organized a helpful resource center with the status of all the states, a video tutorial, and a toolkit to download. Most states require a letter explaining why it is important to recognize March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, sample language for the official proclamation, and information about colorectal cancer. Even if there is a proclamation underway in your state, you can support these efforts by adding your voice to the requests.

Dr. Jean L Wang (second from right) with CRC advocates in Missouri with a CRC Month Proclamation by MO Governor Michael Pearson (center) in 2019.
Dr. Whitfield L. Knapple (far left) with colleagues and CRC advocates and a CRC Month Proclamation by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (center) in 2018.