CPEN Awards

CPEN recognizes outstanding individuals, teams and programs in cancer patient education.

  • CPEN and non-CPEN members may submit nominations.
  • Self nominations are accepted and encouraged.
  • You may nominate an individual, team or program.

Excellence in Cancer Patient Education

Recognizes any group or individual who has significantly contributed to cancer patient education. This award recognizes creative approaches to developing and/or disseminating patient education that demonstrates health literacy best practices.

 2023 Recipient:

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Patient & Caregiver Education Team

Rising Star Award

Recognizes a CPEN member with fewer than 10 years of patient education experience who demonstrates commitment to advancing the field of cancer patient education and/or is dedicated to supporting the needs of patients and caregivers. 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.

2023 Recipient:

  • Shelly Rosenfeld, Director, Disability Rights Legal Center's Cancer Legal Resource Center

    Founders Distinguished Service Award

    In honor of all the founders of the CPEN organization, this award is CPEN’s highest form of recognition. It is given to a CPEN member for their outstanding contribution to the practice and profession of patient education. This award acknowledges accomplishments and tangible contributions that have promoted excellence in patient education as an integral part of patient care.

     2023 Recipient:

    • Megan Doyle Battaglia, Manager Patient Education, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center


    Award Recipients

    2023 Excellence in Patient Education Award

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Patient & Caregiver Education Team


    Since the 1980s, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) has maintained a program dedicated to developing resources to educate our patients & caregivers (P&C). The program has evolved to meet the changing needs of those affected by cancer, and today it stands as tall as ever.

    MSK’s Patient & Caregiver Education (P&CE) team collaborates with clinical experts to create and disseminate content to educate and support MSK's P&C. Their process is rigorous and comprehensive; the team assesses every resource for understandability, actionability, readability, and cultural inclusivity. Furthermore, the reach their work extends far beyond MSK. All P&C resources are available to the public in MSK’s virtual library, which had nearly 37 million views last year.

    Respecting that education is not the mere handing of a piece of paper or sending a video digitally, the P&CE team provides education for staff regarding P&C education strategies. This includes attending staff meetings, giving Grand Rounds, and providing a suite of trainings on our internal website. To help ensure their work is driven by the best available evidence, the team has a monthly Journal Club, and all engage in continuing education opportunities. 

    Never static, innovations include using technology to assess which channels are most likely to reach P&C and the development of a prioritization matrix to help make decisions about how to use resources most efficiently.



    Past Winners 

    2022: The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)
    2021: Patient Education Practice Guidelines:  Sarah Christensen, MA; MD Anderson Cancer Center and Carolyn Cutillli, PhD, RN, NPD-BC; Penn Medicine, American International College, Co-chairs
    2020: Marrow Masters Podcast Series: National Bone Marrow Transplant Link
    2019: Together, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 
    2018: OncoLink, University of Pennsylvania
    2017: Frankly Speaking About Cancer Clinical Trials, Cancer Support Community
    2016: Mariela Gallo, MPH, CHES
    2015: Family Cancer Retreat - Cancer Services of New Mexico
    2014: Tina Papadakos, MA Ed and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Clinical Trials Database Health Literacy Team
    2013: Hastings Breast Cancer Support Group 
    2012: Be the Match: Super Sam vs. the Marrow Monsters  
    2011: 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

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