The Transforming Care Awards honor people and organizations who have made exceptional contributions to the health and wellness of the LGBTQ+ and/or HIV communities in the Midwest. Since 2016, we have been proud to offer this recognition to outstanding leaders in our community. Tonight, we were pleased to present the nominees and winners of the 5th annual Transforming Care Awards. Transforming Care Conference attendees joined Equitas Health Institute Lead Trainer Ramona Peel (she/her) and Kaleidoscope Youth Center Deputy Director Karen Hewitt (ze/hir/she/her) for a virtual celebration of the winners followed by a round-table discussion with insights from our honorees.
Now, the nominees and winners of the 2020 Transforming Care Awards:
Medical Provider: This award recognizes a medical provider – nurse, physician, pharmacist, etc. – who has helped patients overcome racial, economic, ability, and/or language barriers to care and provided radically inclusive LGBTQ+ or HIV/AIDS healthcare.
Gayathri Chelvakumar, MD
Shiron D. Jones, APRN
Jo Marie Richardson
Mimi Rivard, APN, MSN
WINNER: Mimi Rivard, APN, MSN
Social Service Provider: This award recognizes a social service provider – including social workers, counselors, etc. – who has helped community members overcome racial, economic, ability, and/or language barriers to care and provided radically inclusive LGBTQ+ or HIV/AIDS healthcare.
Lea Rosenberg, MSW, LISW-S
WINNER: Sadie DelPropost
Community Advocate: This award recognizes a community advocate – including activists, community organizers, volunteers, etc. – who passionately advocates for the LGBTQ+ or HIV community and practices radical inclusivity to help community members overcome racial, economic, ability, and/or language barriers.
Timothy R. Bussey, Ph.D. & Mx. Alex Ryan
Min. RobbyGee Lucas
Caleb Mikayla Goins Robinson
Darin B Rothe
Erin Upchurch, MSSA, LISW-S
WINNERS: Timothy R. Bussey, Ph.D. & Mx. Alex Ryan
Trailblazer: This award recognizes an individual who has shown life-long dedication to the health and wellness of the LGBTQ+ and/or HIV communities, with a focus on intersectional work that also aims to dismantle oppression.
Caleb Mikayla Goins Robinson
Kimberly Sue Griffiths
Myles A. Stickle LISW-S
WINNER: Caleb Mikayla Goins Robinson
Emerging Leader: This award recognizes a young and/or emerging professional, student, or activist who has made a significant positive and intersectional impact in the field of LGBTQ+ and/or HIV health and wellness.
Adam B. Eickmeyer, MPH
WINNER: Judah Clayton
Outstanding Organization: This award recognizes a business, non-profit, or other organization that has created significant and impactful improvement(s) in the field of LGBTQ+ & HIV health and wellness, while also working to end health inequities created by racial, economic, ability, and/or language barriers to care.
LGBTQ+ Allies Lake County
LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland
OSU Wexner Medical Center
Project Open Hand
We Think 4a Change
Youth Across Borders
WINNER: We Think 4a Change
Congratulations again to all our nominees, and to the award winners! We hope to see all of you at the gala on October 15.