CPEN Awards

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.

 2016 Recipient:

  • Mariela Gallo, MPH, CHES

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

2016 Recipient:

  • Jackie Foster, MPH, RN, OCN

    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.

     2016 Recipient:

    • Chasity Burrows-Walters, PHD, RN

    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.




    Award Recipients

    Mariela Gallo, MPH, CHES

    Mariela Gallo, MPH, CHES, is a senior health education specialist at City of Hope. She earned her bachelor’s degree in health sciences with a concentration in public health education followed by a master’s degree in public health with concentrations in health promotion, education, evaluation and epidemiology from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. She uniquely brings patients, families and multidisciplinary teams together to design culturally appropriate programs and develop disease-specific care pathways that integrate patient education into the standard of care.

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    Past Winners 

    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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