In his over 50-year career, family psychiatrist Don Bloch has been a founder, innovator and synthesizer of diverse ideas, systems and cultures. In the 1960s and ‘70s, he was a family therapy pioneer, major driver of some of that budding field’s key institutions (the journal Family Process and New York’s Ackerman Institute for the Family), and a member of the committee that established the National Institute of Mental Health. In the 1980s, he created and edited the journal Family Systems Medicine, now known as Families, Systems & Health. In the 1990s, he was the major force in founding what is now the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.
Through these decades and since, Dr. Bloch has steadfastly and adroitly drawn on his systems expertise to help bridge the mind-body gap and pursue a more humane, egalitarian and interdisciplinary healthcare. With his wry humor and generosity of spirit and advice, he has nurtured many of today’s champions of Collaborative Family Healthcare. Our field would lack essential underpinnings but for his broad and compelling vision and his crucial support during precarious times.
In his honor, CFHA created the annual Don Bloch Award, our highest recognition for contributions to the field of integrated and collaborative care that are pioneering, or in some way help bridge the mind-body gap and pursue a more humane, egalitarian and interdisciplinary healthcare system. Don Bloch awardees are nominated and selected by the CFHA Board of Directors and presented by the President of the Board at the annual CFHA conference. In order to nominate a candidate, Board members are asked to submit a formal letter of nomination by July 15 of each year. The letter may be submitted by one or more members and should include the following:
- A review of a nominee’s professional history and accomplishments
- The nominee’s outstanding achievements and prior recognition
- The nominee’s professional and personal affiliations promoting collaborative care
At each August Board meeting, the awardee will be selected; he or she will be notified within one week. Awardees then will be asked to submit formal acceptance remarks for publication on the CFHA website and in Families, Systems, & Health.
Don Bloch Award Recipients:
2007: Don Bloch, Asheville Conference
2008: Bill Doherty & Mac Baird, Denver Conference
2009: Susan McDaniel and Tom Campbell (co-Editors of FSH) (joint award), San Diego Conference
2010: CJ Peek, Louisville Conference
2011: Sandy Blount, Philadelphia Conference
2012: Larry Mauksch, Austin Conference
2013: Frank deGruy, Denver Conference
2016: Barry Jacobs, Charleston Conference
2017: Mary Talen, Houston Conference