Michael Poku and Shakira Sanchez-Collins, internal medicine residents, won the Idoreyin P. Montague Community Action Award at the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Grand Rounds and Awards Presentation earlier this month.
Michael Poku is a Mayoral-appointed member of Baltimore's Ryan White Part A Planning Council that works to enhance the health of individuals living with HIV/AIDS, with a focus on the uninsured, underinsured, emerging affected populations and all historically under-represented groups living with HIV. Michael is also the medical director of Sisters Together and Reaching (STAR), which serves the most vulnerable individuals affected by HIV/AIDs in our community. He also is a member of the board of directors of Street Works, an organization that provides HIV/AIDS services and prevention activities in the Greater Nashville area.
Rev. Shakira Sanchez-Collins has been very involved with her faith community, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, since intern year and shares her perspective as an African-American woman physician through her writing in the Christian Recorder, where she writes about race- and health-related issues. She also writes for Urban Cusp, where she has covered topics from “how to make fitness a lifestyle” to “7 steps towards a healthier lifestyle.”