For more than a decade, the Northwest Ohio Black Media Association (NOBMA) has been recognizing individuals who have made positive, newsworthy impacts within the African-American community.
Each year, NOBMA honors four individuals and two organizations in northwest Ohio with Impact Newsmaker Awards.
Among the four individual recipients to receive this year’s award was Dr. Patricia Hogue, UT assistant dean for diversity, recruitment and retention and associate professor and chair of physician assistant studies.
During the May 21 awards banquet, Dr. Shanda Gore, director of diversity, recruitment and retention for UT’s Health Science Campus, described why Hogue deserves the award.
“She has wrapped her arms around our area young people — like the ladies at Polly Fox Academy by mentoring — and she has embraced those who have participated in fairs aimed at increasing health awareness in minority populations,” Gore said.
“[Hogue] uses her voice to teach students and to present research that shows others that there is a gap between minority and nonminority populations when it comes to health care, and we all have a part to play in closing that gap,” she said.
Gore finished by recognizing Hogue’s gift of laughter, saying that it is “both comforting and contagious when heard. It can light a room and bring a smile to a student’s face who needed that extra lift.”
Other individual award winners were John Preston, retired Toledo Police Department lieutenant; Mario Harris Rosser, a recent graduate of St. John’s Jesuit High School; and David Bush, founder and executive director of the Madd Poets Society.
The two group winners were the Toledoans for Obama organization and the Lincoln/Stewart single gender academies.