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                       2018 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award
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                    Honoring outstanding partnerships in our community

The Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award was established in honor of former Turner Station resident and Johns Hopkins cancer patient Henrietta Lacks, whose cells helped make possible ground-breaking advances in medical research. The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute (UHI) offers this award to recognize, support, and promote exceptional community-based programs working in partnership with Johns Hopkins faculty, students, or staff for three or more years.

This $15,000 award highlights the importance of community-university collaborations, recognizes the accomplishments which can be achieved by such partnerships, and continues to support the efforts of the partnership.  The monetary gift will be given to the primary community partner in the collaboration.

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Nominations Due:August 3, 2018, no later than 5:00 p.m. 
submitted to
Winner Announced Publicly:October 6, 2018
at the Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture in Turner Auditorium
Application Details:

Download the Call for Nominations

For Questions:Please contact Amy Gawad at or
Application Process

Applications must be no more than four pages (single-spaced, 12-point font). The application needs to include the following information in the order listed below:

1. Application Cover Page (this is not included in page limit):
Please fill out the application cover page which can be found here to be included in your application packet:

  • Title/name of partners
  • Primary contact person for the award nomination
  • How you learned about the award

2. Brief Summary of Project

  • Should not exceed 200 words.

3. Description of the Partnership:

  • History of the Collaboration:
    Describe how the team originated and role of the partners involved in the collaboration.
  • Mission, Vision, Goals, and Objectives:
    Describe the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the partnership and how they were developed.
  • Structure:
    Describe the administrative and financial structure that supports the work of the team and how decisions are made.
  • Current Funding:
    Describe how the work is currently funded and the decisions are made when securing new or additional funding.
  • Major Accomplishments:
    Describe a few of the major achievements of this collaborative effort.
  • Impact:
    Describe the impact of the work of this partnership. Please include program results, success stories, additional funding to continue the work, etc.
  • Sustainability: 
    Describe the plan for continuing the work of the collaboration in the future.

4. Use of Funds:

  • In a sentence or two, please share how the funds will be used if your team is selected to receive this award.

5. References:

  • Provide the names and contact information of three individuals who are familiar with the collaboration.

Selection Process:

Nominations will be reviewed by university and community leaders who serve on the Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award Selection Committee. Decisions will be made based upon the information described in this announcement.  The review is a three-step process. 

The first step will ensure the submission is complete and follows the guidelines above regarding page limits and formatting.  Those who meet the initial set of guidelines will advance to the second round of review focusing on the content of the nomination.  Each nomination will be independently rated by reviewers. In the third stage of review, finalists will be selected for site visits by members of the selection committee.

Questions? Please contact Amy Gawad at or 410-502-7473.

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