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Reverend Melvin B. Tuggle East Baltimore Community Excellence and Sustainability Award

The Reverend Melvin B. Tuggle Community Award was established in honor of Rev. Melvin B. Tuggle, II a lifelong East Baltimore resident. Rev. Tuggle is the founder and chair of Heart, Body, and Soul, Inc., a partnership between CURE (Clergy United for Renewal in East Baltimore) and The Johns Hopkins Schools of Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Under Rev. Tuggle’s leadership, a strong liaison between the East Baltimore community and Johns Hopkins in East Baltimore was established. Rev. Tuggle was instrumental in obtaining grants to assure opportunities for members of the Hopkins community, faculty and students, to generate and test new collaborative models of disease prevention and health promotion in the community. Rev. Tuggle strongly valued compassion and heart in the delivery of public health.

Rev. Tuggle extended his efforts nationally to train others in neighborhood-centered public health programs in other cities and in rural America. His book on how to partner with churches to improve health through community engagement, entitled, It Is Well With My Soul, was published by the American Public Health Association, and stands as a primer in best practices for successful community partnerships. The Department of Health, Behavior and Society offers this award to recognize and promote exceptional students and fellows focusing on the health of East Baltimore and the sustainability of efforts working hand-in-hand with community members.

This $ 2,000 award highlights the importance of partnership between Johns Hopkins and the efforts of community leaders in East Baltimore. The award should be used to support work or projects in the community.

Deadline: September 24, 2018, 5 p.m.

Questions can be directed to Reginia Hawkins at

For more information and the application, click here: Tuggle Award Application

Previous award winners: file:///Users/kbenne28/Downloads/Tuggle_Endownment_2018_FINAL%20(1).PDF


Kelsey Bennett