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The Reverend
Melvin B. Tuggle
East Baltimore Community Excellence Award

The Tuggle Award was established in 2016 to recognize the contributions of Reverend Melvin B. Tuggle in creating strong community partnerships to address health in East Baltimore. The award recognizes students, residents, and fellows at Johns Hopkins University who are focused on the health of East Baltimore and who are dedicated to working in partnership with the community.

The next call for award nominations will be in February 2025!

About Reverend Melvin B. Tuggle

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Reverend Melvin B. Tuggle was the Pastor of the Garden of Prayer Christian Church and Chair of Heart, Body, and Soul, Inc., a formalized non-profit  representing a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing and Clergy United for Renewal in East Baltimore (CURE). He gave selflessly of his time to support grassroots health promotion and disease prevention in East Baltimore. 

​Born at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1949, Rev. Tuggle was raised in its shadow, transitioning as a youth with few opportunities to an accomplished leader in public health. His book on how to partner with churches to improve the public’s health, It is Well With My Soul, offers a template for true community engagement.  Published by the American Public Health Association, it serves as a text in many community-based academic courses throughout the country. 

Reverend Tuggle passed away in 2018 from diabetes complications.

Congratulations to the 2024 Tuggle Awardees!

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Ikechukwu Enenmoh

MD Candidate

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Baltimore Redevelopment Action Coalition for Empowerment (BRACE)

Honorable Mentions

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With your help, we can ensure the long-term impact
of the Rev. Melvin B. Tuggle Award.

Consider a gift to the award fund today.

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