Transforming Care: Midwest Conference on LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) Health Equity and HIV/AIDS is the first event of its kind.

At the Transforming Care Awards Ceremony, we recognized 7 people who have made significant contributions to the health and wellness of the LGBTQ or HIV/AIDS community in the Midwest, including Ohio. We received dozens of nominations and a group of judges chose the winners.

The 2016 Transforming Care Award winners are:

Medical Provider:
Nancy Ford, CPNP-PC

Nancy Ford, CPNP-PC, Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Nancy is committed to providing
culturally competent care and has worked tirelessly
to ensure that other nurses, physicians, and social workers
receive much needed training to serve the LGBTQ community.

Social Service Provider:
Sarah Painer World, LISW

Sarah Painer World, LISW, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
A parent whose child came out as transgender nominated Sarah saying “Her confident, matter-of-fact way of talking about gender quickly put my mind at ease.  Since then, Sarah and the CCHMC team have helped our family navigate the journey of our child’s social and medical transition from female to male.  She literally helped save my child’s life”.

Community Advocate:
Jeremy Blake

Jeremy Blake, Newark City Councilman. Councilman Blake wrote and helped pass an LGBTQ anti-discrimination law for the city of Newark.

Bryan Jones

Bryan Jones, Advocate, Cleveland, OH.  HIV-positive for more than three decades, Bryan Jones, a gay black man, has been an effective community activist throughout, giving voice to the most vulnerable (the incarcerated and racial and sexual minorities), provided shelter for many, and struggled to expand all their rights.

Emerging Leaders:
Angel Algarin & Rashida Davison

Angel Algarin, Lexington, Kentucky. Angel is assisting with a project that examines the sexual and drug co-usage networks of local men who have sex with men. Angel has consistently indicated a desire to address health inequities and to reduce the disproportionate burden of disease that afflicts Latino LGBTQ populations.

Rashida Davison, Columbus, Ohio. Rashida is a community leader who has worked tirelessly for the black trans community. She initially worked for Huck House, providing guidance to queer youth,  branching out to Trans Ohio, and working now independently to devote more time to their art and causes.

Organization Champion:

Poz4Poz, Treasurer, William Booth, Dayton, Ohio.  William has been active in the LGBTQ community in organizing people living with HIV/AIDS to get access to medical treatment and resources in order to live a more productive and meaningful life.