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Program Grantee Business Meeting

This meeting was held at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia in Atlanta from August 11–15, 2014. It provided a forum to build support for DCPC’s cooperative agreement awardees, enhanced capacity through training and collaboration, promoted innovative uses of cancer programs, explored alternative funding strategies, and demonstrated cancer program successes. Please see the Agenda. [PDF-249KB]

Carol Friedman Awards

In 2011, the Comprehensive Cancer Control Branch (CCCB) of CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) established an award to honor Dr. Carol Friedman, D.O., for her exemplary leadership, outstanding mentorship, and extraordinary dedication and contributions to comprehensive cancer control. Dr. Friedman served as the first CCCB Chief, following a supervisory role in DCPC's Cancer Surveillance Branch and a brief tenure as DCPC's Acting Deputy Director. Dr. Friedman was a tireless advocate for the underserved. In addition to her work with CCCB, she led numerous disaster response teams as a highly decorated officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. The Carol Friedman Award is awarded annually to a true champion in comprehensive cancer control.

Photo of 2014 Carol Friedman award winners Polly Hager and Virginia Warren, along with CDC's Nikki Hayes, Annie Brayboy, and Sherri Stewart

Left to right: CDC's Nikki Hayes, awardee Polly Hager, awardee Virginia Warren, CDC's Annie Brayboy, and CDC's Sherri Stewart

2014 Carol Friedman Award Winners
For Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Prevention Through Screening and Continuous Contributions in Comprehensive Cancer Control

Polly Hager
Director, Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

Since 1997, Ms. Hager has consistently demonstrated her passion to promote secondary prevention in comprehensive cancer control through her leadership, commitment to evidence-based programs, and extraordinary ability to accomplish goals both individually and collaboratively. The results of her work have reduced the burden of cancer in Michigan. Recently, she co-authored an article in the February 2014 Preventing Chronic Disease journal which highlighted an evidence-based colorectal cancer screening initiative that accounted for a 16% increase in the screening rate of employees at a Michigan organization.

Virginia Warren
Director, Arizona Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

Ms. Warren has served Arizonans in her role since 2004. She has played a critical role in developing partnerships throughout Arizona. In 2007, she convened the first Arizona Conference for Enhancing Tribal Collaboration, which is now an annual gathering. In 2010, Ms. Warren convened key foundation leaders from across Arizona to form the Breast Cancer Partnership, which helps uninsured women who need breast or cervical cancer treatment. She also convened a team to help the Arizona Cancer Registry improve reporting rates beginning with melanoma. Since 2012, Ms. Warren has been bringing together Arizona’s key leaders in cancer prevention, screening, treatment, survivorship, and research.

2013 Carol Friedman Award Winner
For Outstanding Achievement in the Primary Prevention of Cancer and Continuous Contributions in Comprehensive Cancer Control

Erin Dziedzic
Partner, Washington Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

Since 2006, Ms. Dziedzic has been an advocacy leader in statewide cancer legislation and funding. She is a champion of primary prevention initiatives in comprehensive cancer control, such as increasing the state cigarette tax by $1 per pack, securing funding for the Washington Breast and Cervical Health Program, securing Medicaid coverage for smoking cessation, supporting a law that requires insurance to cover colorectal cancer screening, and supporting the Clean Indoor Air Act.

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