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Transforming Care Conference Honors 2020 Award Winners

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.

Nominees: 

Karin Anderson
Obed Asiedu
Gayathri Chelvakumar, MD
Letitia Debrill-Richardson
Shiron D. Jones, APRN
Olivia Nathan
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.

Nominees: 

Emily Clark
Sadie DelPropost
Jessica Homan
Carley Leitch
Lea Rosenberg, MSW, LISW-S
Kristina Wills

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.

Nominees: 

Iris Almos
Timothy R. Bussey, Ph.D. & Mx. Alex Ryan
Doug Cuckler
Betty Jacobs
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.

Nominees: 

Peggy Anderson
Caleb Mikayla Goins Robinson
Cort Drake
Kimberly Sue Griffiths
Betty Jacobs
Randle Moore
Phil Pauvlinch
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.

Nominees: 

Judah Clayton
Ella Dastillung
Adam B. Eickmeyer, MPH
Betty Jacobs
William Stinchcomb

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.

Nominees: 

LGBTQ+ Allies Lake County
LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland
OSU Wexner Medical Center
Project Open Hand
RubIGirls, Inc
Spencer Pride
Transform Cincy
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.