The Foundation Recognizes SUNA with America’s First Defeating Stigma in Healthcare Award


SUNA logoChicago, Ill., (September 7, 2004) —  The Simon Foundation for Continence is pleased to announce that the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) is the first recipient of the Foundation’s Defeating Stigma in Healthcare Award. SUNA is a national, non-profit membership association with over 2,800 members. The Defeating Stigma in Healthcare Award recognizes outstanding contributions to removing the stigma that surrounds a wide variety of health conditions.

This Award is an outgrowth of the Foundation’s groundbreaking 2003 International Conference on Stigma in Healthcare and the interplay which occurred at this important meeting between health care providers, researchers, patients and their families, all of whom acknowledged the importance of building awareness of the impact of stigma on the lives of millions of people.

The Simon Foundation for Continence’s Board of Directors, made up of physicians, psychologists, nurses, and patient advocates, chose SUNA as the recipient of the first Defeating Stigma in Healthcare Award, based upon criteria which included awareness of the impact of stigma and advocacy for the removal of stigma from our health care system.

“It is appropriate that an organization serving people with a highly stigmatized health challenge such as incontinence should lead the efforts to defeat stigma in healthcare,” stated Cheryl B. Gartley, President and Founder of the Simon Foundation for Continence. “The impact of stigma is widely felt. Over 43 million people with disabilities (America’s largest minority) feel stigmatized on a daily basis because of their health. It is long past time that we address this issue.”

Jasmine Schmidt, the Foundation’s Director of Education, presented the Defeating Stigma in Healthcare Award to the President of SUNA, Marie Page, RN, CURN, at the Awards Luncheon held during SUNA’s annual meeting (, October 22-26 in Orlando, Florida. The award was made possible in part by an educational grant from SCA Personal Products, makers of Serenity and TENA incontinence products.

To nominate an individual, company, or non-profit for a Defeating Stigma in Healthcare Award, write to the Foundation at

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