Lee Cohen Member of the Year Award

In 1995, at the annual meeting the "AAMN Member of the Year Award" was renamed to honor the contributions of AAMN's former President, Lee Cohen, PhD, RN. The Award now bears his name as a living tribute to our late colleague.

In 1991, following several years of membership and active participation in the AAMN, Lee Cohen was elected to the office of President-Elect. In 1992, Lee was installed as President at the annual meeting in Atlanta and presided over the annual meetings in New York City (1993) and Houston (1994). As the first AAMN president to call for the AAMN to develop a men's health agenda, Dr. Cohen was instrumental in leading the efforts to revise the association's bylaws to include "men's health issues" as a key objective (Article III) He supported AAMN's use of technology and strength in diversity. Lee also contributed to the development of resolutions concerning clinical assignments for men who were nursing students in healthcare settings. He supported the American Nurses Association's "1994 Agenda for Health Care Reform." Following his presidency, Lee remained active in the AAMN until his untimely 1996 death.

As a Ph.D. educated sociologist, Dr. Cohen came to nursing as a second profession. Holding the rank of Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Medical College of Georgia his research interests were in the area of family responses to HIV/AIDS. Findings of his Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded research were presented at the 4th annual conference of Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). The presentation was entitled "Contributions of Psychoanalytical Self-Psychology and Social Psychology to an Understanding of Nursing Care and the Psychosocial Consequences of AIDS."