Amy Acton says fear as insidious as COVID-19; now working on project to spread kindness in Ohio

Dr. Amy Acton, former director of the Ohio Department of Health, is working on a new project focusing on spreading kindness throughout the state, claiming fear and uncertainty are just as harmful as COVID-19.On June 11, Acton announced that she was stepping down from her state health director role. Then, on Aug. 4, Acton left her role as the governor’s health advisor, leaving state employment to return to work for The Columbus Foundation as a Director of Kind Columbus.Acton appeared at the virtual Alumni Awards Ceremony, hosted by The Ohio State University Alumni Association Board of Directors Thursday, where she received the Ohio State Alumni Medalist Award.While accepting her award, she thanked all her mentors and Buckeyes in Ohio who got her to where she is today. Acton also said she had the “honor of a lifetime” to serve Ohioans work for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, who she called “amazing.”Now in her next chapter of life, Acton will be calling on Ohioans again with help in her new work, which she called “the holy grail” for her.”I can tell you right now there is a contagion that I feel sometimes that’s more insidious than just the virus and we know what it is. We all feel it every day. It’s fear, it’s feeling uncertain, it’s ambiguity we are all having to tolerate,” Acton said.Acton is now working on a project that she said she feels is the “antidote” that focuses around kindness.”It’s something that we can intentionally foster,” Acton said regarding kindness. “The thought of in Buckeye nation committing to something as profound and life-changing as kindness, the ripple effects of that know no bounds.”Acton said she has already seen Ohio move mountains by wearing masks and being cautious about COVID-19, but says Ohio needs kindness now more than ever.”I hope you’ll come with me on that journey too,” Acton said. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the kindness that you have shown me and how you’ve lifted me up.”To watch the full video of Acton at the Alumni Awards Ceremony, click here.

Dr. Amy Acton, former director of the Ohio Department of Health, is working on a new project focusing on spreading kindness throughout the state, claiming fear and uncertainty are just as harmful as COVID-19.

On June 11, Acton announced that she was stepping down from her state health director role. Then, on Aug. 4, Acton left her role as the governor’s health advisor, leaving state employment to return to work for The Columbus Foundation as a Director of Kind Columbus.

Acton appeared at the virtual Alumni Awards Ceremony, hosted by The Ohio State University Alumni Association Board of Directors Thursday, where she received the Ohio State Alumni Medalist Award.

While accepting her award, she thanked all her mentors and Buckeyes in Ohio who got her to where she is today. Acton also said she had the “honor of a lifetime” to serve Ohioans work for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, who she called “amazing.”

Now in her next chapter of life, Acton will be calling on Ohioans again with help in her new work, which she called “the holy grail” for her.

“I can tell you right now there is a contagion that I feel sometimes that’s more insidious than just the virus and we know what it is. We all feel it every day. It’s fear, it’s feeling uncertain, it’s ambiguity we are all having to tolerate,” Acton said.

Acton is now working on a project that she said she feels is the “antidote” that focuses around kindness.

“It’s something that we can intentionally foster,” Acton said regarding kindness. “The thought of in Buckeye nation committing to something as profound and life-changing as kindness, the ripple effects of that know no bounds.”

Acton said she has already seen Ohio move mountains by wearing masks and being cautious about COVID-19, but says Ohio needs kindness now more than ever.

“I hope you’ll come with me on that journey too,” Acton said. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the kindness that you have shown me and how you’ve lifted me up.”

To watch the full video of Acton at the Alumni Awards Ceremony, click here.