Awards & Honors

Nomination forms and listings of previous winners

Outstanding Practitioner/Instructor

Outstanding Practitioner/Instructor nomination form

Criteria for selection

1. Individual must be an Active Member of the Academy in good standing and a Certified FertilityCare Practitioner or Instructor.

2. Must have a current practice in FertilityCare i.e. has taught an accredited model of FertilityCare to at least 10 couples in the past year.

3. Individual has made an outstanding contribution to FC through service, education and/or research. Check applicable criteria:

4. Any member or non-member colleague may submit this recommendation.

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  • 2016 – Elizabeth Kauffeld, CFCP, CFCE
  • 2015 – Jeanice Vinduska, BS, CFCE
  • 2014 – LaDean Barnes, M.Ed., CFCP
  • 2013 – Christy Shoen, CFCE
  • 2011 – Barbara Rose, RN, MSN, CFCP
  • 2009 – Dorice Millar, RC, CFCE
  • 2008 – Kathy Hirkala, BSN, RN, CFCE
  • 2007 – Nancy McGrath, RN, BS, CFCE
  • 2006 – Angelique Garcia, LPN, BSE, CFCE
  • 2005 – Maureen Duhn, RN, CFCP
  • 2004 – Kathy Cerovsky, CFCS
  • 2003 – Diane Hale, RN, CFCP
  • 2001 – Jeanne Stoll, RN, CNFPP
  • 2000 – Patricia Wemuth, CNFPP
  • 1999 – Phyllis White, CNFPE
  • 1998 – Sister Marilyn Mangan, CNFPP, CNFPE
  • 1997 – Nancy Botkin, CNFPE
  • 1996 – Ann Nerbun, CNFPP
  • 1995- Judy Pittack, MS, CNFPE
  • 1994 – Pauline DuFour, CNFPS
  • 1993 – Anita Lucketti, CNFPP
  • 1992 – Sister Julianna Jervis, OP, RN, CNFPP
  • 1991 – Richard Fehring, DNSC, RN, CNFPE

Honorary Awards

Honorary Award nomination form

Criteria for selection

1. Individual has met at least one of the following. Check applicable criteria. Check applicable criteria:

2. Individual has met additional criteria that may be considered in the selection. Check applicable criteria:

3. An Active Member in good standing must submit the recommendation.

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  • 2015 – Joseph Stanford, MD, MSPH, CFCMC
  • 2013 – Janina Filipczuk, B.Sc. Phm., M. Sc., FACA, CFCP, CFCPhC
  • 2011 – Cardinal William J. Levada
  • 2010 – Chris Kahlenborn, MD
  • 2008 – Creighton University School of Medicine
  • 2004 – Margaret Howard, MAM, CFCF
  • 2001 – Reverend Daniel McCaffrey, STD
  • 2000 – Davey Weitzel, CNFPP
  • 1999 – Kathy Rivet, BS, CNFPE
  • 1998 – Ann M. Prebil, RN, CNFPE
  • 1997 – Susan K. Hilgers, CNFPE
  • 1996 – Shirley Hoefler, CNFPE
  • 1993 – Mother Teresa of Calcutta
  • 1991 – John J Billings, MD
  • 1991 – Evelyn Billings, MD
  • 1990 – K. Diane Daly, RN, CNFPE
  • 1988 – Ruth Taylor, MD, CNFPP, CNFPMC, NFPE
  • 1987 – Reverend Denis St. Marie
  • 1986 – Evelyn Eaton, CNFPP
  • 1985 – Thomas W. Hilgers, MD, CNFPE, CFCMC

Outstanding Medical Consultant

Outstanding Medical Consultant nomination form

Criteria for selection

1. Individual must be an Active Member of the Academy in good standing and a Certified FertilityCare (FC) Medical Consultant.

2. Must have a current medical practice that is FC only and includes a substantial component of providing services in Natural Procreative Technology to patients using an accredited model of FertilityCare.

3. Individual has made an outstanding contribution to FC through service, education and/or research. Check applicable criteria:

4. Any member or colleague may submit this recommendation.

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  • 2016 -Dr. Elizabeth Tham, MD, CCFP, FCFP, CFCMC
  • 2012 – Debra Gramlich, MD, CFCMC
  • 2011 – Lynn 2012enan, MD, CFCMC
  • 2010 – Michael Dixon, MD, CFCMC
  • 2009 – Mark Stegman, MD, CFCMC
  • 2007 – Peter Danis, MD, CFCMC
  • 2005 – Amanda LaMont, MD, CFCMC, CFCE
  • 2004 – Paul Carpentier, MD, CNFPMC
  • 2003 – Teresa Mc Kenna, MD, CNFPMC, CFCP
  • 2001 – Phil Boyle, MD, CNFPMC
  • 2000 – Joseph B. Stanford, MD, CNFPMC
  • 1999 – Thomas W. Hilgers, MD, CNFPE, CNFPMC

FertilityCare Professional Excellence

Professional Excellence nomination form

Criteria for selection

1. Has/had this individual been an Active Member for 10 or more years:

2. Has this individual made an outstanding contribution to the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, service, education and /or research by meeting one or more of the criteria below?

3. Please provide examples of how applicable criteria are met:

A. Participated in public speaking, presenting public talks promoting the Creighton Model FertilityCare System

B. Is directly involved in outreach

C. Supports the Creighton Model philosophy

D. Past AAFCP Committee Chairman

E. Past AAFCP Board Member

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  • 2016 – Jeanne Karnath, BS, CFCP
  • 2015 – Kathy Rivet, BS, CFCE
  • 2014 – Maria Perkins, CFCP
  • 2012 – Donna Vondrak, CFCP
  • 2011 – Diane Daly, RN, CFCE
  • 2010 – Michele Chambers, BA, CFCP
  • 2009 – Margaret Yates, BSN, MA, CFCP
  • 2008 – Becky Knapp, RN, BSN, CFCP
  • 2007 – Linda Cady, RN, BSN, CFCP
  • 2006 – Kathy Blascyk, CFCP
  • 2005 – Jean Packard, FCP

Hall of Fame Awards

Hall of Fame Award nomination form

Criteria for selection

1. Individual has made a major impact on the development, promotion or understanding of FertilityCare or NFP by any of the following: Check applicable criteria:

2. Individual is deceased or has retired from his/her major professional career for at least five years.

3. An Active Member in good standing must submit the recommendation

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  • 2016 – Rev. Wilhelm Hillebrand
  • 2011 – Professor James Boyer Brown
  • 2009 – Pope John Paul II
  • 2008 – Bernando Colombo, PhD
  • 2006 – Nancy Botkin, CFCE
  • 2004 – Erik Odeblad, MD
  • 2001 – Bishop Glennon P. Flavin
  • 1997 – Herbert Ratner, MD
  • 1996 – His Holiness Pope Paul VI
  • 1991 – Jane Beam, CNFPP

Science and Research Committee – Annual Research Paper Awards

2014 | “Fertility Awareness-based Methods of Family Planning: A Review of Effectiveness for Avoiding Pregnancy Using SORT” Manhart D, Duane M, Lind A, Sinai I, Golden-Tevald J. Osteopathic Family Physician 2013; 5:2-8

2013 | “Natural Procreative Technology for Infertility and Recurrent Miscarriage: Outcomes in a Canadian Family Practice” Elizabeth Tham, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Karen Schliep, PhD, MSPH, Joseph Stanford, MD, MSPH Canadian Family Physician 2012; 58:267-74

2012 | The New Women’s Health Science of NaProTechnology
Thoman W.Hilgers, MD
Archives of Perinatal Medicine 17(4) 191-198, 2011

2011 | Types of Ovarian Activity in Women and Their Significance: The Continuum (a reinterpretation of early findings)
James B. Brown
Human Reproductive Update 2010, 00(0) 1-18

2010 | Near Adhesion-Free Reconstructive Pelvic Surgury: Thee Distinct Phases of Progress Over 23 Years
Thomas W. Hilgers, M.D., Dip. ABOG, ABLS, SRS
Journal of Gynecologic Surgery Vol 26

2009 | Outcomes From Treatment of Infertility with Natural Procreative Technology in and Irish General Practice
Joseph B. Stanford, MD, MSPH, Tracey A. Parnell, MD and Phil C. Boyle, MB
Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2008.05.070239)

2007 | “Normalization of Hyperinsulinemia by Chronic Opiod Receptor Blockade in Hyperandrogenemic Women
Dijana Hadziomrtpvic, MD et al.
Fertility and Sterility 2006; Vol. 86: 651-657

2007 | “17 – Hydroxyprogesterone Caproate for the Prevention of Preterm Delivery
Anthony O. Odibo, MD et al.
Obetetrics and Gynecology 2006; Vol. 108: 492-498

2002 | “Changes with Age in the Level and Duration of Fertility in the Menstrual Cycle
David B. Dunson, Bernardo Colombo, Donna B. Baird
Human Reproduction 2002; 17: 1399-1403

2001 | “Nurse-Midwives’ Knowledge and Promotion of Lactational Amenorrhea and Other Natural Family Planning Methods for Child Spacing
Richard Fehring, RN, DNSc, Lisa Manson, CNM, DNSc and Jesoph B. Stanford, MD
Journal of Midwifery and Woman’s Health 2001; 46: 68-73

2000 | “Characteristics of Women Associated with Continueing Instruction in the Creighton Model FertilityCare System
Joseph B. Stanford, MD and Ken R. Smith
Contraception 2000; 61: 121-129

1999 | “Pregnancy Probabilities During Use of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System
Margaret P. Howard, CNFPE and Joseph B. Stanford, MD
Archives of Family Medicine 1999; 8: 391-402

1998 | “Creighton Model NaProEducation Technology for Avoiding Pregnancy: Use Effectiveness
Thomas W. Hilgers, MD and Joseph B. Stanford, MD
Journal of Reproductive Medicine 1998; 43: 495-502

1997 | “Cervical Mucus and Their Functions
Erik Odeblad
Journal of the Irish Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons 1997; 26: 27-32

1996 | “Effectiveness of Lactational Amenorrhea in Prevention of Pregnancy in Manila, the Philippines: Non-Comparative Prospective Trial
Rebecca Ramos, Kathy Irene Kennedy, Cynthia M. Visness
British Medical Journal 1996; 313: 909-912

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