About Reverend Melvin B. Tuggle
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.
The Tuggle 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 Brancati Center is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Tuggle Award. The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2024. Please review the award notification for additional details.
Congratulations to the 2023 Tuggle Awardees!
Mamadou Sy, M.D.- MSPH candidate
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
COVID-19 Vaccination and Outreach in East Baltimore
Joyline Chepkorir, R.N.- Ph.D. candidate
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Older Women Embracing Life Cancer Education and Awareness Program
Jeong Jun Kim- M.D./Ph.D. candidate
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
HEAL Refugee Health and Asylum Collaborative