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CPEN Awards

Check back soon for 2014 Award winner info and 2015 nomination information!

Rising Star Award (CPEN Members Only)

This award recognizes a CPEN member with 10 years or less of patient education experience, who exemplifies outstanding work in patient education. The award acknowledges the educator’s efforts in creating and/or sustaining cancer patient education programs. The “Rising Star Award” promotes the visibility and value of patient education within health care institutions, communities and/or professional organizations.

2013 Recipient
Chesley Cheatham

Chesley Cheatham began her career as a public health educator with the Harris County Hospital District in Houston. She helped establish one of two cancer
resource centers that assists the medically underserved with resources and services throughout their cancer treatment. During that time, she became an
advocate in the field of health education.

While earning her master’s degree in education at the University of Houston,
she became interested in the area of health literacy. Cheatham currently works
as a senior health education specialist at The University of Texas MD Anderson
Cancer Center, where she develops health education programs and researches
health literacy issues.

She has contributed to professional journals about the importance of health
literacy in cancer settings. Most recently, she was a part of a research group
that focused attention on the standardization of clinical trial consent forms.
She firmly believes that creating a more health literate environment will
not only improve the patient experience, but also improve patient health

Cheatham recently became a board member of CPEN, and she is active with
local and national organizations, such as the Texas Society of Public Health
Education and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Past Winners

2012  Lina Mayorga, MPH, CHES
  Becki Brown, MA


Excellence in Cancer Patient Education

Recognizes a CPEN member or group of CPEN members who have significantly contributed to patient education. This award recognizes creative approaches to developing and/or disseminating patient education based on resources available.

2012 Recipient
Hastings Breast Cancer Support Group

The words “you have breast cancer” can undo your life and turn everything
upside down and inside out. Getting ‘that’ diagnosis was agreed upon by the
Hastings Breast Cancer Support Group members of Hastings, Minnesota, as
one of the worst days in the journey. A common experience for all of us at the
time of diagnosis was the need for something or someone to grab on to on the
way to help us find hope.

Voices of Hope DVD series is an outreach project of The Hastings Breast Cancer
Support Group of Hastings, Minnesota. Its inspiration stems from the recognition
that a powerful and often neglected source of breast cancer expertise is the peer
group–women and men who have experienced the challenges of this disease
firsthand. Inspired by the stories of these brave patients, Hastings Breast Cancer
Support Group saw an opportunity to spread this wisdom beyond the boundaries
of their local support group.The original Voices of Hope DVD was created to provide
a virtual breast cancer support group that would help other breast cancer patients
navigate the early weeks of breast cancer treatment, from diagnosis to first plans
of action. It was designed to offer comfort, support and hope for patients newly
diagnosed and the people who love them.

Based on feedback received from patients, medical professionals, and friends
and family members of breast cancer patients who viewed Voices of Hope, a
second documentary was created, Voices of Hope: Family and Friends. Loved
ones of breast cancer patients often have no idea how to help, what to say, and
how to calm their own fears. It focuses on the healing power of relationships
and features breast cancer patients and their family and friends who reflect on
their journey, creating a positive mindset for each viewer that leads to better
medical outcomes and a stronger social network.

Past Winners

2012  Be the Match: Super Sam vs. the Marrow Monsters
 Matthew Ballo, MD for the Road to Wellness
2010  Maximizing Your Patient Education Skills (MPES)
2009  Caregivers’ Guide to Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant, Myra Jacobs
2008  The Learning Center at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
2007  Diane Moyer, RN, MS, Ohio State University Medical Center
The Partnership for Health Care Education For Limited English Proficiency Patients 2007  Jean Hartford-Todd, CCLS, The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Medical Center
2003  Oncology Interactive Educational Series, Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network
2001  Leah Mraz, BSN, RN, OCN, My Story: A Diary for People With Cancer, The Cancer Institute of  New Jersey   
2000  Marilyn McCubbin, PhD, RN, FAAn, Kelly Cotter, BA, Michael Dystra, BS Outlook: Life Beyond Childhood Cancer, University of Wisconsin Cancer Center
2000  M.D. Anderson Patient Education Office, University of Texas
2000  Carolyn Weaver, RN, MSN, AOCN, Ask the Expert Program, Fox Chase Cancer Center
2000  Tanya Smith, BA & Patient and Public Education Departmental Staff,
How to Help Your Loved One Stop Smoking, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah
1999  Amy Deshler, MSW, Kelli Fee-Schroeder, RN, and Kat Thieman, MBA
Setting Course to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
1999  Dr. Joel Goldwein and Dr. Ivor Benjamin, OncoLink, University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center
1999  Mary Sumpmann, Nancy Goldstein and Staff, Patient Learning Center, University of Minnesota Cancer Center

Distinguished Service Award

CPEN’s highest form of recognition given to a CPEN member for her/his outstanding contribution to the practice and profession of patient education. It is given for accomplishments and tangible contributions that have promoted excellence in patient education as an integral part of patient care.

2013 Recipient
Tamara Harth, M.L.I.S.

Tamara Harth, is the Program Manager and Clinical Regional Lead of the Patient and Family Education Program for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Toronto Central North Local Health Integrated Network. Tamara has been a member of CPEN since 1999 and has served as Chair of the Canadian Chapter for the past 4 years. She is also Co-Chair of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Patient and Family Education Council which is responsible for the development and delivery of a hospital wide patient and family education strategy.

Tamara began her career as the first leader of the Odette Cancer Centre patient
and family education program. She established a comprehensive program
focused on four fundamental pillars which was to deliver the right education, in
the right way, to the right people at the right time. She also led the creation and
implementation of the Patient Education and Research Learning Centre, a hub for
education activity that allows patients and caregivers to learn about all aspects of
their cancer journey in an interactive and meaningful way.

Recently, Tamara authored a Patient and Family Education toolkit that teaches
clinicians about health literacy, plain language and best practice processes for the
development of print patient education materials that are effective and
demonstrate excellence in teaching aids. Tamara has served as editor and
contributor to Wellness Options, a Canadian magazine focused on empowering
patients through the provision of education and information on a range of health
related topics. Tamara has also collaborated on a number of other publications.

She is passionate about, and believes that effective education tools can improve
the patient experience and continues to seek out and identify opportunities to
help people navigate and gain new knowledge about the cancer system.


Past Winners

2012   Nita Pyle, MSN, RN 
   Lynda Tuñon, MSN, RN, OCN
2010    Pat Agre, RN, EdD
2009    Audrey Jusko Friedman
2008    Jean Just, MSN, RN-BC, The Ohio State University Medical Center
2005    Diane Cole, MPH, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center
2002      Annette Mercurio, MPH, CHES, City of Hope National Medical  Center
2001     Barbara Schroeder, RN, MS, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
2000    Louise Villejo, MPH, CHES, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
1999     Kathryn Conrad, RN, MSN, MA, AOCN, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Gold Star Award

Recognizes that cancer patient education is an aspect of quality care, shared by the entire community, and not the sole responsibility of cancer patient educators. The Gold Star award celebrates the achievements of individuals, groups or organizations whose efforts in cancer patient education have resulted in extraordinary contributions to patients, families or health care practitioners.

Past Winners

2010  Journey Forward, a collaboration between the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, WellPoint, UCLA and Genentech —
2009  Katherine Crosson
2008  The National Bone Marrow Transplant Link, Southfield Michigan
2007  David Wiljer, PhD,  Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto
2006  Betty R. Ferrell, PhD, RN, FAAN, Marcia M. Grant, RN, DNSc, FAAN            City of Hope National Medical Center
2003  Audrey Jusko Friedman, RTT, MSW
Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network
2002  Huntsman Cancer Institute, Patient & Public Education Resource Center
2000   National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Oncology Nursing Society, Association of Oncology Social Work, and Genetech BioOncology, Inc., The Cancer Survival Toolbox
1999   Barbara Giloth, MPH, CHES, American Public Health Association
1999    Dianne G. Shaw, MA, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina