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The Carol Friedman Award

Carol Friedman

“Carol was funny, fun to work with, and committed to making a difference all at the same time.”

The Carol Friedman Award was established in 2011 to honor Dr. Carol Friedman for her exemplary leadership, outstanding mentorship, and extraordinary dedication and contributions to comprehensive cancer control.

Dr. Friedman served as CDC’s first Comprehensive Control Branch Chief in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. She was a tireless advocate for the underserved and led numerous disaster response teams as a highly decorated commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service.

2018 Award Nomination Information

Theme: Excellence in Addressing Cancer Disparities

The Carol Friedman Award is open to all individuals affiliated with CDC’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, including—

  • All National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program awardees.
  • Awardees of associated cooperative agreements, such as—
    • Increasing the Implementation of Evidence-Based Cancer Survivorship Intervention to Increase Quality and Duration of Life Among Cancer Patients.
    • Multiple Approaches to Increase Awareness and Support Among Young Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
    • National Support to Enhance Implementation of Comprehensive Cancer Control Activities: Consortium of National Networks to Impact Cancer and Tobacco-Related Health Disparities.
  • Cancer coalition members.
  • Partner organizations.

The nomination period for the 2018 Carol Friedman Award is now open. Please nominate yourself or others by sending a nomination letter to by August 31, 2018 at 11:00 PM EDT.

Download information about the nomination process. [PDF-177KB]

The winner(s) will be officially announced and awarded a commemorative plaque at the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 11, 2018.

Photo of Dr. Ann Partridge with Nikki Hayes

2017Dr. Ann Partridge (Massachusetts)
Outstanding Achievement in Addressing the Needs of Cancer Survivors

Photo of Nikki Hayes, Ms. Polly Hager, Ms. Virginia Warren, Captain Annie Brayboy (retired), Sherri Stewart, and Pamela Protzel-Berman

2014Ms. Polly Hager (Michigan) and
Ms. Virginia Warren (Arizona)
Outstanding Achievement in Secondary Prevention of and Screening for Cancer

Photo of UErin Dzuedzic with her father and Nikki Hayes

2013Ms. Erin Dzuedzic (Washington)
Outstanding Achievement in Primary Prevention of Cancer and Continuous Contributions in Comprehensive Cancer Control

Dr. Jane E. Korn with Nikki Hayes

2012Dr. Jane E. Korn (Minnesota)
Extraordinary Leadership and Exemplary Mentorship in Comprehensive Cancer Control

Dr. Anne Lanier sitting in her home

2011Dr. Anne Lanier (Alaska)
Outstanding Achievement in Using Surveillance Data to Drive Comprehensive Cancer Control