Edward Henderson Student Award

Elizabeth M. Bloemen, MPH

The Edward Henderson Student Award is presented to a student pursuing a career in geriatrics with demonstrated excellence contributing to the field. Elizabeth Bloemen, MPH, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, will be honored this year for her extensive work in clinical practice and research on the physical, sexual, and emotional mistreatment of older adults (also known as elder abuse). Prior to medical school, Ms. Bloemen worked as a research manager at Weill Cornell Medical College and with the New York City Elder Abuse Center (NYCEAC), where she designed and executed studies, collected data, and disseminated public education using social media. Part of this work included establishing a working relationship with Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), leading qualitative research exploring mistreatment among LGBT older adults—research that was later presented at #AGS16 and recognized with a Presidential Poster Award. A Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) scholar, Ms. Bloemen has blended her extensive research contributions with professional experience to offering expertise as a presenter and consultant for nurse examiners and police departments engaged in elder abuse identification and prevention. When asked of her inspiration for these accomplishments, Ms. Bloemen notes: “The patients that I see bring so much joy and meaning to my life that I can think of no better life’s work than to become a geriatrician."


Past Recipients of the Edward Henderson Student Award

2018      Sonia Marcello
2017      Thom Ringer, JD
2016      Marielle Bolano, BS
2015      Meng Ni, PhD
2014      Ravi B Parikh
2013      Jason Liebowitz
2012      Vivien Sun
2011      Mark Fitzgerald, BS
2010      Carolyn P. Horney, MS-IV
2009      Elizabeth Kwo, BA
2008      Shayna Rich
2007      Andrew D. McWilliams, MPH, MS-III
2006      Juliesa Pavon, MS-3
2005      Christopher Allen Jones, MS
2004      Thomasina Lynn Bailey
2003      Kathleen Tschantz Unroe
2002      Katherine S. Garman
2001      Joy E. Cuezze
2000      Amit A. Shah
1999      Lillian Chiang
1999      Sonja L. Talvi
1998      Alayne Kulvicki
1998      James L. Rudolf
1997      Tim R. Willingham, BS
1996      Pamela Kirschner
1995      Janelle Marie Nantkes
1995      Laura Bodin