PHA Accepting Nominations for Outstanding Member Awards

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The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is accepting nominations for its Outstanding Member Awards, which recognize individuals who show dedication to the pulmonary hypertension (PH) community.

People with PH, their caregivers, friends, and doctors are invited to nominate “outstanding” PHA members for their “volunteer efforts in patient/caregiver support, advocacy, promoting quality patient care and advancing PH research,” according to a PHA press release.

Awards will be given to individuals in categories encompassing the contributions of patients, caregivers, doctors, and other volunteers.

All nominations, including a description of why the individual deserves the award, should be submitted here by April 22, the PHA stated.

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Among the nomination categories are: outstanding physician; allied health professional; PH citizen (patient); young PH citizen (patient under 30); support group leader; and caregiver. All should exemplify a dedication to the PH community through awareness and advocacy efforts, fundraising, or by providing excellent and compassionate education and clinical care.

The Julie Hendry Memorial Scholarship award will be granted to a self-nominated non-patient, non-clinician volunteer (family, friends, supporters) to help fund their attendance to the biennial PHA conference.

The award is named in memory of Julie Paton Hendry, the daughter of PHA’s founding members Pat and Jerry Paton, and the first full-time non-patient PHA volunteer.

The Rino Aldrighetti Leadership Award will be granted in honor of PHA’s first president and CEO in recognition of an individual who “demonstrates exceptional leadership in advancing PHA’s vision of a world without PH, empowered by hope,” according to the PHA. All PHA members are eligible for this award.

To submit a nomination, or for more details on the award categories, submission instructions, and past award recipients, visit the Outstanding Member Awards page on the PHA 2022 website.

Winners will be announced during the PHA 2022 International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, in June.

The conference, which is the world’s largest gathering of people with PH, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, began in 1994 and usually takes place every two years — with the exception of 2020, when it was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

This year will mark PHA’s 15th conference.

Each conference features a “research room” that allows patients and their families to contribute to PH research by providing blood, cheek swabs, or filling out surveys. Interested participants can indicate their interest during conference registration.

The theme for year’s conference will be “PHacing the Future Together.”