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Jessie Gruman: A Collection of Tributes and Memorial Events

Center for Advancing Health Announces Two New Awards to Honor Jessie Gruman

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | January 7, 2015 | Center for Advancing Health

The Board of Trustees of the Center for Advancing Health (CFAH) is pleased to announce that two new awards honoring the late Jessie Gruman’s exemplary leadership in the field of patient engagement have been established at the following distinguished organizations: the Society for Public Health Education, Inc. and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. A third organization, the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), received additional funding from CFAH to extend its Jessie Gruman Award for Health Engagement, which was established in 2014...

Patient Engagement – We Have Become Our Parent

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 19, 2014 | Kate Lorig

Jessie defined patient engagement as "the actions we take to support our health and to benefit from health care." As I reflect on this, I see that we have come to a crossroads. Jessie can no longer lead us and the organization she formed, CFAH, will soon cease. Now is the time for us to let our voices continue the discussion and to push the patient engagement agenda forward. Are we ready?...

A Testimonial to Jessie Gruman

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | October 15, 2014 | Judith Miller Jones

The Center for Advancing Health's board of trustees and staff hosted a reception this past Thursday, October 9, in honor of Jessie Gruman, CFAH's founder and president until her death on July 14. Speakers included colleagues, family members and guests. Below is a reprint of the speech by Judith Miller Jones, MA, director of the National Health Policy Forum at George Washington University, who said of the reception: "What a broad assemblage it was, yet another testament to Jessie’s reach."

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Jessie Gruman

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | October 8, 2014 | Center for Advancing Health

Family, friends and colleagues gathered at the New York Academy of Medicine this past Sunday, October 5, to celebrate the life of Jessie Gruman, CFAH's founder and president until her death on July 14. The program, which included remarkable photos from throughout Jessie's life, can be viewed here...

Jessie Gruman: Poetry in Motion

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | September 17, 2014 | Sarah Greene

We New Yorkers have been marveling at the beautiful weather bestowed on us this summer, and yet the dark and heavy cloud of Jessie's leave-taking on July 14 has kept me in a months-long swelter. What I want to recall here is the soulful side of my friend Jessie – surfacing in full bloom in her college years as an English major and finding expression throughout her life...

Events to Honor Jessie Gruman in New York City and Washington, DC

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | September 11, 2014 | Center for Advancing Health

Jessie's family invites those who knew her to join in celebrating her life and legacy on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York, NY. A reception is also being hosted by the CFAH board of trustees and staff in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 9, 2014...

Tributes and Honors for Jessie Gruman

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 26, 2014 | Center for Advancing Health

"Jessie represented the voice of 'the patient'...Our lives were enriched by her intellect, her humor and her friendship. Participatory medicine is different, and better, because of what Jessie accomplished while she lived, and by what she has left behind. We should all aspire to leave as meaningful a legacy." – Charlie Smith, MD, the Journal of Participatory Medicine

Amy Berman and Health Affairs Remember Jessie Gruman

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 18, 2014 | Amy Berman

Jessie was a hero to patients, families, and health care providers for her selfless work to help people better understand their role and responsibilities in supporting their own health. Her legacy is indelible...

Lessons From a Fallen Hero, Jessie Gruman

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 6, 2014 | Douglas Kamerow

"Jessie kept a laser focus on discovering and describing the process that she and many other patients with serious illnesses go through, so as to create useful tools and guidelines for all patients. She did it with admirable grace, humor, wit and wisdom." – Doug Kamerow, immediate past CFAH Board Chair, senior scholar at the Robert Graham Center for policy studies in primary care, and associate editor for The BMJ

Recent Tributes to Jessie Gruman, CFAH Founder and President

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | July 25, 2014 | Center for Advancing Health

Last week we gathered several tributes to Jessie that were published in the days following her death on July 14. Here are additional acknowledgments of Jessie that have come to our attention since then...

Remembering Jessie Gruman

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | July 18, 2014 | Center for Advancing Health

A message from Jessie's family and excerpts from tributes that have been written in Jessie's honor.

In Memoriam: Jessie Gruman

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | July 14, 2014 | Center for Advancing Health

The president and founder of the Center for Advancing Health died at home on Monday, July 14, 2014 after a long illness.