The CDC is Joining the Patient Empowerment Movement

The CDC is Joining the Patient Empowerment Movement

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April 15, 2021 Update:
The CDC Foundation has launched the Empowered Health Cancer – Free Challenge! This competition calls for new, revolutionary ideas and solutions that meet people where they are and empower them to live longer and healthier lives, cancer-free. If you have an idea to create better care for cancer patients, enter today for a chance to win $5,000. Learn more here.

Inspired by the question: “Could the number of cancer deaths be lowered by helping people take a more active role in their health and health care?”the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation have launched an initiative which will further elevate the cancer patient empowerment movement: EmPOWERed Health.  

Complimentary to our mission and programs at the Patient Empowerment Network (PEN)the CDC’s EmPOWERed Health initiative aims to educate and inspire people to be more proactive in their health and in the prevention and treatment of cancer.  

To kick off EmPOWERed Health, the CDC Foundation will host a virtual hackathon in the spring of 2021 that will seek innovative ideas and bold approaches from a variety of people and organizations to generate ideas and potential solutions to some of the most difficult challenges in health and well-being. 

To learn more, visit and follow #WeAreEmpoweredHealth on social media. 

The Patient Empowerment Network community is excited to have the CDC team’s talents on this vitally important effort to support cancer patients and care partners in achieving the best possible treatment outcomes