Philadelphia, Pa., November 10, 2009 — The new Student Assembly Public Health Mentoring Award, which recognizes the essential role of mentoring in public health and leadership development, was given to Sue Griffey, DrPH, BSN, FNP, vice president and director of the Evaluation Center at Social & Scientific Systems Inc.
Griffey has 25 years of professional experience in both international and U.S. environments in program and performance evaluation, monitoring, informatics, applied research, training and program development. Her research interests include evaluating individual, organization and system performance. She has led development of innovations such as a knowledge management rating system for good and promising practices for HIV/AIDS programs.
Kristina Davis, research coordinator for the University of Chicago Department of Human Genetics, has found Griffey to be an encouraging and supportive mentor, especially when Davis was searching for an internship in her field.
“When I was close to giving up, she gave me what I had lost — hope and determination,” Davis wrote in a letter nominating Griffey for the Student Assembly Public Health Mentoring Award. “The importance of these two things is often overlooked, but without them, my professional growth would most surely be stunted.”
Griffey lived and worked overseas for 20 years in Haiti, Turkey, Nepal, Niger, Bangladesh, Belize, Russia, Tajikistan and the Republic of Georgia. She has conducted short-term assignments in more than 23 countries for the U.S. Agency for International Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and for international clients and governments, including the World Bank and the Global Fund. She serves on the Social & Scientific Systems Institutional Review Board Policy and Oversight Committee.
Griffey, who is a licensed family nurse practitioner, earned her master’s and doctorate degrees from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and her bachelor’s from the University of Rochester School of Nursing. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and authored white papers and evaluation reports on health and development.
Among her many awards, Griffey was named Alumnus of the Year and Champion of Public Health by the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Her faculty appointments include her current position as adjunct assistant professor in the Department of International Health and Development at Tulane and as an associate in the Department of Population and Family Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.