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Bedford Mayor Shawna Girgis Awarded Founding Dean's Medallion
Updated May 17, 2017 6:56 AM
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(BEDFORD) - Bedford Mayor Shawna Girgis was awarded the Founding Dean's Medallion for her contributions in advancing public health care in rural communities.

The award was presented by Dean and Chancellor's Professor at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington Mohammad Torabi.

The Founding Dean's Medallion was commissioned to recognize those individuals whose careers and personal efforts have been dedicated to rigorous public health research, education, and practice by preventing disease, promoting health, and enhancing quality of life.

Mayor Girgis received the award for her contributions in the partnership between the IU School of Public Health, Lawrence County Superior Court I Judge Michael Robbbins and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in developing the county's Domestic Violence Coalition aimed at combating domestic violence issues within Lawrence County.

Before being elected mayor, Girgis served as the executive director of the Indiana Rural Health Association from 2005-07. In that position she led the development of the Indiana Telehealth Network, which received $16 million in grant funds from the Federal Communication Commission to develop a broadband network that would connect rural health care providers and bring fiber infrastructure to rural communities in Indiana.

Before that she severed as director of the Southeast/South Central Area Health Education Center for Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corp.

Previous recipients of the Founding Dean's Medallion include Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams and Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

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