ASPEN members work directly with patients, families, and/or caregivers who perform admirable activities and heroically advocate for others like themselves and their families. In order to recognize those individuals, this award will be given on an annual basis to one patient/family member/caregiver who has advocated for other patients, families, or caregivers of consumers require parenteral nutrition (PN) or enteral nutrition (EN). Advocacy efforts include such activities as lobbying for legislation to improve care or reimbursement, developing educational tools, fundraising for PN or EN research, starting or sustaining support groups, being a consumer advocate, or teaching others about PN or EN.
The ASPEN Patient, Family, Caregiver Advocacy Award has been named in honor of ASPEN member and Oley Foundation co-founder Lyn Howard, MB, FRCP. This award was given for the first time in the 2009 and is given annually at the ASPEN Nutrition Science and Practice Conference. The winner receives a plaque.
Please consider nominating a consumer, caregiver, and or family member of a consumer.
Criteria for Award
- Award nominees must be a patient (EN or PN consumer), or a family member or caregiver of such a patient.
- Award nominees must have demonstrated admirable activities which advocate for themselves or others receiving EN or PN.
- Award winner or their representative should be able to attend the conference for the upcoming year in order to receive the award.
- Award nominees should be (although not absolutely) able to briefly articulate their story at the conference at the award ceremony.
Applications for the 2024 Lyn Howard Nutrition Support Consumer Advocacy Award will open in the fall of 2023.
Past Award Recipients