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College of Human Ecology

Public Advocacy Award

The Public Advocacy Award recognizes a person or organization for their impact on issues important to the field of human ecology. To be considered for this award, recipients must have made a significant impact on individuals and families as a result of activity in the public advocacy arena, either as a volunteer or a professional. Recipients also have made contributions to human ecology-related issues in the community at large as an elected, appointed or volunteer leader, including service to organizations and programs.

2014 Recipient: Shawn Bloom

1987 B.S. in Biochemistry and Gerontology
President and CEO of National PACE Association

Shawn BloomAt PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), Shawn Bloom helps people meet their health care needs in the community instead of going to a nursing home or other care facility. PACE, working with Medicare and Medicaid, provides the entire continuum of care and services to seniors with chronic care needs while maintaining independence in their home for as long as possible.

With more than 25 years in the elder and health care industries, Bloom is a well-known expert and frequently testifies before state and federal policy makers on health care policy reform for the aging.

He has served as a member of the gerontology program's long-term care alumni advisory committee, contributed to the Center on Aging's excellence fund, and hired summer student interns to work with his Alexandria, Va., office.

Past Recipients

  • 2013: Lynette M. Fraga
  • 2012: Shawn Sullivan
  • 2011: Janet Helm
  • 2010: Ruth Johnson Stemler
  • 2009: Diana Durbin
  • 2008: Sharon Powell-Quincy
  • 2007: Steve Shields
  • 2006: Joan Medlen
  • 2005: Chris Biggs
  • 2004: Marni Vliet
  • 2003: Carolyn Jackson
  • 2002: Kent R. Bradley
  • 2001: Lois Bergen
  • 2000: Richard L. D. Morse
  • 1999: Ellen Samuelson