Advocacy Award for CVD Prevention

Recognizing Leaders in Advocacy

The Advocacy Award recognizes a member’s leadership in advocacy at the local, state, or federal level in the areas of cardiovascular disease prevention or advancing the nursing profession. The winner of this award works strategically to bring awareness and support to initiatives through direct interaction with legislators, grassroots or the media. The Advocacy Award will be given at the PCNA Annual Symposium.

Submissions open July 1 and close December 3.

Advocacy activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Membership on the PCNA Advocacy Committee or the advocacy committee of another health-related or professional organization.
  • Responding to Action Alerts via PCNA Advocacy Central.
  • Completing at least 3 offline actions. Examples include: calling your state legislators, meeting with congressional members, submitting written testimony, submitting a letter to the editor to your local media, and recruiting other PCNA members to participate in PCNA advocacy activities.
  • Attending state or federal Lobby Days.
  • Encouraging others to support CVD prevention-related or professional issues (e.g., share on social media). 


  • May self nominate or be nominated by a current PCNA member
  • Must be a PCNA member for one year
  • Submit supporting documentation of PCNA advocacy activities or other advocacy activities, e.g., letter to editor, reference letters from other organizations, emails confirming legislator appointments, etc.
  • Must attend the PCNA Symposium and receive the award in person
  • If selected, will be asked to write a 500 word article for the Advocacy Corner of the PCNA online newsletter.
Nominate Here
Karen Larimer Advocacy Award 2018

Past Winners

  • Karen Larimer, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAHA, Chicago, IL
  • Maria Teresa Lira Correa, RN, CVNS, FPCNA, Santiago, Chile
  • Alethea Hill, PhD, ANCP-BC, ANP-BC, Mobile, AL


  • PCNA Advocacy Award plaque
  • Complimentary registration to the Annual Symposium, air or auto travel expenses to attend, and 3-night hotel stay during the event

Required Materials

  1. Supporting documentation of advocacy activities.
  2. A current curriculum vitae.
For questions, contact Katy Walter at 608-442-3442 or via email.