Center for the Advancement of Health Receives Research!America Advocacy Award

Recognized for Advocacy to Accelerate Adoption of Medical Research Findings
Wednesday, March 22, 2006

WASHINGTON—March 22, 2006—The Center for the Advancement of Health has received Research!America's 2006 award for the Organization That Has Distinguished Itself by its Advocacy. The award recognizes the center's leadership in promoting the translation and adoption of health research into policy and clinical practice and for raising awareness about the need for health care based on the latest research.

The Center's president, Jessie C. Gruman, PhD, accepted the award March 21, 2006, at the 10th Annual Research!America Advocacy Awards gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. Judy Woodruff, broadcast journalist and Research!America board member, served as master of ceremonies.

"By promoting the idea that research findings can be put into practice sooner and more thoroughly, the Center for the Advancement of Health has helped our nation better realize the return on its research investment. Its focus on how behavior influences health outcomes also has made a unique contribution," said Mary Woolley, president of Research!America. "Research!America is honored to recognize the Center for its positive impact on medical and health research."

The Center for the Advancement of Health is an independent, non-partisan policy institute based in Washington, DC, that works to translate health research into effective policy and clinical practice. It focuses on ensuring that evidence of social, behavioral and economic influences on health is used in preventing, managing and treating disease. The center works to convey the value of investment in health research and foster collaboration among researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

Gruman founded the center in 1992, bringing experience in these issues from the public, private and voluntary health sectors. She is a fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and holds an honorary doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University.

Other 2006 Research!America Advocacy Award winners are former First Lady Nancy Reagan; Sam Donaldson of ABC News; U.S. Reps. Michael Castle (DE) and Diana DeGette (CO); Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research and Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing and Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; and Gordon Gund, co-founder and chairman, The Foundation Fighting Blindness and CEO of Gund Investment Corporation.

Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make medical and health research-including research to prevent disease, disability and injury and to promote health-a much higher national priority. The 2006 Advocacy Awards represent Research!America's 10th year of recognizing the accomplishments of leading advocates for medical and health research.


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