This award honors the memory of Matthew Girvin, '94 MPH IH, who died in January 2001 while serving on a United Nations surveying mission.
The award is presented to a recent graduate of the Rollins School of Public Health who exemplifies Matthew's selfless dedication to the field of public health and who has made significant contributions toward improving the lives and health of others.
The 2012-2013 Matthew Lee Girvin Award was presented to
Ms. Robyn S. Kay '03 MPH
Ms. Kay graduated from the Rollins School of Public Health in 2003 with an MPH in epidemiology. Immediately after graduation, she enrolled in the Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service and then continued on to a position at the Florida Department of Health. Currently, Ms. Kay is a Clinical Epidemiologist at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida.
Ms. Kay's work over the past 10 years has dramatically impacted outbreak detection, infection control practices, and how disaster surveillance is conducted in the State of Florida. One of her many notable accomplishments includes designing and evaluating epidemiological surveillance systems to enhance outbreak detection. In another instance she tracked the source of an outbreak of Hepatitis C at a Jacksonville hospital. The three-year investigation resulted in the capture and conviction of a hospital worker who was infecting syringes. And she worked with the Florida poison control centers where her tireless efforts led to the identification of multiple cases of carbon monoxide linked to generators. This resulted in the Consumer Product Safety Commission requiring a warning label on generators. Her work has impacted health on both the state and national levels in areas such as communicable diseases, hospital-acquired infections and infection control.
Her nominators describe her as "a gifted leader," "a stellar field investigator," "a natural teacher and mentor to those around her," and someone who never hesitates to say "yes" to any experience that will advance the field of public health.
Please download, complete, and return the Award Nomination Form.
All nominations are confidential and will be considered for three years, unless otherwise indicated by the nominee. In so doing, the committee will contact the nominee to update the application.
For more information, please contact:
Director, Alumni & Constituent Relations
Rollins School of Public Health
1518 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Tel: (404) 727-4740
Fax: (404) 727-9853