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Family Oriented Care Award
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Nominations for this award are NOW CLOSED.


Description of the Award:

This FHIG-sponsored award recognizes clinicians and researchers who incorporate the principles of family-oriented care into their day-to-day work with families managing their health (prevention and intervention).

These principles can include: 1) collaborating with patients, families, and healthcare providers in program development, implementation, and evaluation, as well as the delivery of care; 2) sharing information that promotes family-provider communication during and after care; 3) families are encouraged and supported to participate in care and decision-making, 4) care in the context of family and community where medical care and decision-making is respectful and considers the patient in the context of his/her family and community, and 5) respecting cultural diversity while caring for families.

This award recognizes an individual, team, university, department or clinic whose clinical work and/or program of research advances the field of family-oriented care in a seminal way and exemplifies at least two out of the five principles of family-oriented care described above, regardless of the nominee(s)’s stage of career.

Each year, one award will be presented at the CFHA conference. Note that we also reserve the right to not award it each year, if there are not any suitable nominees.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Any current CFHA member in good standing is eligible, EXCEPT for current board members or FHIG leadership.
  • Individuals and organizations are eligible for this award.
  • At least one member of the organization has to be a current CFHA member in good standing

Process for Nominations:

  • Nominations open April 1; Nominations close July 1.
  • A call for nominations will go out through the CFHA and FHIG List-Serve by the CFHA Staff and FHIG leadership.
  • Nominations must come from the membership at-large.
  • Board members and FHIG leadership are not eligible to nominate someone.
  • Self-nominations will be accepted.
  • A nomination consists of a 1000 word or less statement that includes the nominee’s name, affiliation, and contact information, as well as the name, affiliation, and contact information of the nominator (these will not counted towards the 1000 word limit).
  • The nomination should describe both how the nominee exemplifies at minimum two out of the five principles of family-oriented care award, as described above, as well as why this person, organization, or team is uniquely qualified for this award.
  • The submission should also stipulate whether the nominator is willing to have his/her name publicized as the nominator, should this nominee be selected.

 Selection Process:

  • Nominations are submitted to the FHIG leadership for review at the July leadership meeting
  • No specific scoring process will be used in selection
  • Members of the Families and Health Special Interest Group Leadership Committee will review and select from the pool of nominations in July.
  • One nominee will be submitted to the Board of Directors for final endorsement at the August Board meeting.
  • If the nominee is not approved by the BOD, then an alternate will be chosen by the FHIG leadership and brought forward to the BOD.

The current FHIG chairperson will notify the award winner by September 1st.  The Families and Health Interest Group leadership will confer the award to the recipient at the conference.  Awardees will receive a plaque and complimentary full conference registration for the following year.

Date Last Reviewed and Approved by CFHA Board of Directors:  Approved by the Board of Directors in March 2016.

Click here for a PDF of the Award Criteria.

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