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

Center for Advancing Health | January 7, 2015
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...

Jessie Gruman Memorial Fund to Advance Patient Engagement Through New Center at the George Washington University Cancer Institute

Center for Advancing Health | December 15, 2014
After over 20 years under the remarkable leadership of the late Jessie Gruman, the Center for Advancing Health is ending operations at the end of 2014. To expand on the CFAH body of work and enrich the growing interest in the field of patient engagement, the CFAH board of trustees has selected a proposal from George Washington University to establish the Center for Patient Engagement at the GW Cancer Institute. This gift was made possible by the generous contributions to the Jessie Gruman Memorial Fund.

Medical Errors: Will We Act Up, Fight Back?

Center for Advancing Health | October 22, 2014
A new report, "The Politics of Patient Harm: Medical Error and the Safest Congressional Districts," is an alarming reminder that the 200,000 or more preventable medical errors in U.S. hospitals remain stubbornly high and dangerously under-addressed. In early 2013, CFAH's founder and president, the late Jessie Gruman, challenged readers about the crisis: "It is needlessly killing a lot of people and those who have the responsibility to stop it have not made meaningful progress... Are you outraged? If not, why?"...

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Jessie Gruman

Center for Advancing Health | October 8, 2014
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...

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

Center for Advancing Health | September 11, 2014
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

Center for Advancing Health | August 26, 2014
"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

Recent Tributes to Jessie Gruman, CFAH Founder and President

Center for Advancing Health | July 25, 2014
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

Center for Advancing Health | July 18, 2014
A message from Jessie's family and excerpts from tributes that have been written in Jessie's honor.

In Memoriam: Jessie Gruman

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