Become a Member of CPEN!

The Cancer Patient Education Network is a dedicated group of healthcare professionals who share experiences and best practices in all aspects of cancer patient education. Join the CPEN family – we are committed to promoting and providing models of excellence in patient, family, and community education across the continuum of care.

Need to do some convincing? Download a letter to give to your boss     that explains the benefits that CPEN members receive (and, therefore, their employers benefit from)!

Active
Membership


$160.00 through December 31, 2023

To qualify for Active membership status, individuals must be primarily engaged in a cancer-related field or have a vested interest in cancer patient education.

An Active member in good standing shall be entitled to all membership privileges, including the right to vote, be elected to office and chair or serve on a committee or special interest group.


  
Apply Online for Active Membership 

Nonpracticing Membership


$55.00 through December 31, 2023


To qualify for Nonpracticing membership status, an individual shall have a vested interest in cancer patient education but may not be currently employed in a cancer-related field. This also includes those who are students, retirees, or volunteer staff.

Nonpracticing members shall not vote and shall not be candidates for any election, but shall receive all tangible benefits of membership and may participate in all non-elected committees and special interest groups.

  
Apply Online for NonPracticing Membership

Student
Membership


$55.00 through December 31, 2023

To qualify for Student membership status, an individual shall be actively pursuing their undergraduate, post graduate, or doctorate degree, or be enrolled in a school of professional studies, and can provide verification that they are currently enrolled. 


Student members shall not vote and shall not be candidates for any election, but shall receive all tangible benefits of membership and may participate in all non-elected committees and special interest groups.

  
Apply Online for Student Membership

 

Apply by Mail/Fax

If you prefer to pay by check, you may download the hard copy application form.

Download the CPEN Membership Application  


Membership Benefits  

Members stay connected and share best practices through a listserv, newsletter, CPEN Engagement Lounges, CPEN Connections webinars, Committees and Special Interest Groups and the International Cancer Education Conference. We hope you will take advantage of the following CPEN membership benefits

  • Access to a directory of multidisciplinary professionals who are actively involved with cancer patient education initiatives locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally
  • Opportunities to network, consult, and partner with other organizations and professionals through the member listserv, the annual conference, and other activities
  • Ending December 31: Earn the Health Literacy Specialist Certificate (Institute for Healthcare Advancement) at a discounted rate
  • Participation in CPEN Webinars and access to recordings. 2022 Recordings include:
    • Biomedical Art for Patient Education and Health Literacy
    • Distribution of Patient Education Materials in Your Organization
    • Using Technology to Mitigate the Effects of Low Health Literacy
    • Communicating About Cancer:  The Power of Empathy in Plain Language
    • Improving eHealth Literacy Among Cancer Survivors
  • Publishing, presentation, research, and mentoring, or mentorship opportunities
  • Participation in CPEN committees and Special Interest Groups: Professional Development, Health Literacy, Learning Resource Centers, or Membership
  • Opportunities for leadership and involvement at a national level on the CPEN Board
  • Special and discounted registration rates to attend the International Cancer Education Conference held in the Fall of each year
  • Reduced subscription rate of $65 to the Journal of Cancer Education
  • Reduced subscription rate to Health Literacy Advisor (HLA), a plug-in for Microsoft Word or website format that helps communicators produce clear, plain language documents at an acceptable reading level
  • Access to the National Cancer Institute's Print-on-Demand publications
  • Members-only access to resources and documents on the CPEN website, including the Patient Education Practice Guidelines for Health Care Professionals and the CPEN Benchmarking Report.
  • Opportunities to be nominated for a CPEN Annual Award: Excellence in Cancer Patient Education, Rising Star Award, or Founders Distinguished Service Award

 

Join CPEN

Please allow two weeks for processing and approval of your application, and access to members-only website content. Please note that CPEN membership runs from January 1 - December 31.  

Questions? Contact Headquarters at any time at info@cancerpatienteducation.org

CPEN Member Code of Ethics

Adherence to ethical standards is a key criterion in all aspects of cancer patient education and is a requirement for membership in the Cancer Patient Education Network and participation in its activities. 

I, as a member of the Cancer Patient Education Network, shall:

  • Maintain a high level of personal integrity and professional competence;
  • Act always in a manner that reflects creditably upon my profession;
  • Protect confidential information;
  • Disclose potential conflicts of interest;
  • Understand, promote, and implement the laws, regulations, guidelines, and standards applicable to the field of cancer patient education and specifically to my position;
  • Abide by the CPEN Bylaws and any administrative policies designated by the Board of Directors; and
  • Uphold this Code of Ethics in the conduct of my duties and in my professional associations.