Matthew Lee Girvin Award

Matthew Girvin 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 Girvin's selfless dedication to the field of public health and who has made significant contributions toward improving the lives and health of others.

LCDR Charlotte Kaboré, '11 MPH

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Since earning her MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health in 2011, Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Charlotte Kaboré, United States Public Health Service (USPHS), has dedicated her career to reducing morbidity and mortality attributable to preventable diseases and improving the quality of life of underserved communities. She grew up in a region of the Mississippi Delta with only one county health department that provided services to nearly 70,000 people. Her first-hand experience witnessing the impact of health disparities on poor, rural communities of color, including her own, influenced her desire to pursue a public health career with a focus on underserved populations. 

LCDR Kaboré currently serves as a public health analyst in the CDC's HIV Prevention Branch within the Division of Global HIV & TB, which is one of the primary agencies of PEPFAR. In this role, she supports program and management operation initiatives in more than 40 PEPFAR field offices around the world. Her group works with each country's U.S. embassy, ministry of health, USAID office, and other government and nongovernmental agencies to interpret policies and regulations and assist in organizing and implementing projects.

Prior to her current post, Kaboré served in the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health, Arthritis, Epilepsy, and Well-Being Branch, and before that in the Center of Global Health, Division of Global HIV/AIDS and TB, Overseas Strategy and Management Branch. In this latter role, she provided technical assistance to host country governments and international partners in seven West African countries to integrate HIV/AIDS clinical and preventive services and provided epidemiologic science, informatics, and research support to develop sustainable public health systems in resource-constrained countries. 

In 2015, LCDR Kaboré was selected via a competitive process to participate in the CDC International Experience and Technical Assistance (IETA) program, where she was assigned to the CDC Nigeria country office in Abuja, Nigeria. During this 12-week special overseas assignment, LCDR Kaboré provided technical assistance to grantees for a robust $15.7 million portfolio to prevent infectious diseases, developed five standard operating procedures modules for cooperative agreement management, and collaborated with CDC and local stakeholders to support PEPFAR activities. 

During the CDC’s Ebola response in West Africa in 2014, LCDR Kaboré served as the Deputy Director Response Lead for the CDC Emergency Operations Center Less Affected Country Team, where she developed implementation plans and provided programmatic support on contract administration and budget development for 11 West African countries. In this role, LCDR Kaboré also developed critical pre-deployment tools for CDC staff deployed to the field. 

In addition to her MPH degree, LCDR Kaboré earned a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) certification. She aspires to obtain a doctoral degree in public health, and she plans to apply knowledge gained from a doctoral program to cultivate future public health leaders in public health policy, health disparities, and chronic and infectious diseases. When not responding to public health threats or providing technical assistance to  local, national, and international partners, LCDR Kaboré lends her public health expertise to local middle and high schools and civic organizations.

We are pleased to recognize LCDR Kaboré with the Rollins School of Public Health’s Matthew Lee Girvin Award.

Criteria for Selection

  1. The individual shall be a recent graduate of Rollins and will have made an outstanding contribution to public health at a community, state, national, or international level.
  2. The contribution(s) should have been made subsequent to receiving a degree from Rollins.

Nomination Procedure

Please complete our Award Nomination Form

All nominations are confidential and will be considered for three years, unless otherwise indicated by the nominee. If needed, the committee will contact the nominee to update the application.

For more information, please contact:

Michelle James
Senior Director, Alumni & Constituent Relations
Rollins School of Public Health
1518 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Tel: (404) 727-4740
Fax: (404) 727-9853