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Cacchione to Receive 2024 Norma M. Lang Award for Scholarly Practice and Policy

Pamela Z. Cacchione, PhD, CRNP, BC, FGSA, FAAN, the Ralston House Term Chair in Gerontological Nursing, Professor of Geropsychiatric Nursing in the Department of Family and Community Health, and a Nurse Scientist at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center will be the 2024 recipient of Penn Nursing’s prestigious Norma M. Lang Award for Scholarly Practice and Policy. The award, given biennially to a Penn Nursing faculty member or a graduate from the School’s doctoral program who has made a distinguished contribution to nursing through scholarly practice, honors Norma M. Lang, PhD, the Professor and Dean Emerita of Penn Nursing, for her world-renowned contributions to health policy and practice.

December 15, 2023

Dr. Cacchione, who serves as the Academic Practice Partner liaison for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, has an impressive record of clinical practice, research, and scholarship that defines her as an expert with a national and international reputation, and as an authority in gerontology, gerontological nursing, and geropsychiatric nursing. For the past six years, she has engaged in human centered design and innovation research and product development. She has partnered with robotics engineers interested in older adults and has participated in numerous research studies on robots to assist older adults. Cacchione’s innovation – heart failure monitoring socks – has been honored with many accolades, including winning the inaugural Penn Nursing Innovator Accelerator pitch event in January 2020.

Cacchione also has tremendous impact in policy development, dissemination, and application. She was previously a Health and Aging Policy Fellow working as a Senior Advisor with CMS on the PACE Innovation Act and a Community Catalyst along with the Pennsylvania Health Access Network. She serves as an exemplar for integrating evidence-based practice, multidisciplinary research, policy development, and clinically informed pedagogy. Cacchione has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to finding solutions, informed by science and practice, to address challenges faced by patients and healthcare professionals.

The 8th Norma L. Lang Lecture honoring Dr. Cacchione will take place on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, location to be determined.

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