2021 MLK Humanitarian Award Winners Announced by UC Health, UC College of Medicine

Posted Friday January 22, 2021



CINCINNATI – UC Health and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine are proud to announce the first in a series of videos celebrating the 2021 Humanitarian Award winners as part of their virtual 48th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.

Each year, the organizations recognize individuals who demonstrate Dr. King’s spirit and legacy through their dedication and contributions to our community.

This year’s theme – Activism in Healthcare – celebrates those who embody the Dr. King quote:

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

“While we are disappointed that we cannot gather in person with our community friends and neighbors to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, we still felt it was important to honor those who have served our community, especially during this challenging time,” said Christie Kuhns, vice president of Community Relations for UC Health.

The 2021 MLK Humanitarian Award recipients are:

  • Dr. Amy Acton, Vice President of Human: Kind, The Columbus Foundation; Former State of Ohio Health Director
  • Jiahao Guo, Founder & Executive Director of the Coronavirus Relief Project
  • Renee Mahaffey Harris, President & CEO, The Health Gap

Special Recognition Award recipients include Jarelle Marshall, the first participant in UC and UC Health’s Moderna phase 3 vaccine trial; and Alandes Powell, the visionary community leader who led the creation of Cincinnati’s Black Lives Matter mural.

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