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.
  • Nominations will be accepted through Friday, 13 August 2021

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.

 2020 Recipient:

  • Marrow Masters Podcast Series:  National Bone Marrow Transplant Link

Rising Star 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

2020 Recipient:

  • Maritza Nassif, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

    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 her/his 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.

     2020 Recipient:

    • Louise Cunningham Rambo, National Cancer Institute

    Gold Star Award (Awarded 1999-2010)

    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.

    Award Recipients

    Marrow Masters Podcast Series:  National Bone Marrow Transplant Link


    The free Marrow Masters Podcast Series educates patients, caregivers, and health care professionals regarding important topics as they relate to bone marrow/stem cell/Car T cell therapy/ transplant.   To date, they have had 4, 900 downloads, and this is growing daily.

    In Season 4, launched October 2020, the Caregiver Perspective is covered with 8 episodes including two professional interviews and six sessions with experienced caregivers, sharing their best tips and heartfelt lessons learned. Sponsored by Incyte and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, these podcasts are powerful, candid and inspiring.

    Season 3 was launched in the Summer of 2020 and covered the Patient Perspective with 8 episodes which included 5 patient experiences, a beautiful donor story, a valuable chat regarding Oncology Clinical Trials, and a timely episode on Alternative Pain Management. Season 3 is sponsored by Jazz Pharmaceuticals and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

    Season 2 was launched in early 2020 and was sponsored by Seattle Genetics.  It featured 7 episodes.  The title was Popular Marrow Myths and we BUSTED them. It covered CAR-T cell therapy questions, a need for a better understanding of clinical trials, cGVHD concerns, relationship/love issues, and donor/age options or the truth on palliative care. Experts were interviewed and included national doctors, social workers, and health care professionals.  Season two also included bonus episodes regarding COVID-19 especially geared toward cancer patients, families and caregivers.  It provided guidance regarding the navigation of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020. 

    Season 1 was launched in 2019 and featured 6 episodes.  This season was sponsored by Incyte Corporation. We focused on All Things Related to Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease, or cGVHD. The National expert on this topic, Dr. Steve Pavletic of the NIH, is featured.

    Past Winners 

    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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