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Virginia Davis Floyd Awarded Founders Day Honorary Degree

April 2019

Virginia DavisFloydBorn in Sea Isle City, New Jersey, Virginia Davis Floyd, M.D., MPH, C'73, known as Ginger, has a heart, mind, and hands for healing and helping underserved populations. She received her undergraduate education at Spelman College, which included a year at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, as a Merrill Scholar. She received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine and masters of public health from Emory University. She is the College's 2019 Honorary Degree recipient. 

Providing Quality Health Care to Underserved Communities

As a National Health Service Corps scholarship recipient, she began her medical career establishing a rural-based primary healthcare center that continues to serve as the healthcare nucleus for a Georgia community. Moving from patient-based care to community-based care, Floyd began her public health career as the director of the Family Health Branch, Division of Public Health for the Georgia Department of Human Resources where she directed a staff of over 100 people and managed a budget of approximately $240 million. She also served as a principal investigator for the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Perinatal Care and Health Services Research in Maternal & Child Health.

Additionally, Floyd served as the director of Human Development and Reproductive Health for the Ford Foundation. With Ford Foundation support, she served as a visiting scholar in traditional knowledge for the Spelman Independent Scholars Project founded and lead by Gloria Wade Gayles, Ph.D. Floyd has remained connected to Spelman College and meaningfully engages with students and alumnae during travels with the SIS Scholars to Benin, Ghana, Jamaica, Bahamas and throughout the United States.

Connecting Others Through Scholarship and Service

Selected as one of 50 W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellows, Floyd understands indigenous cultures and traditional medicine throughout the world. She continues working with indigenous African and Native American people through her volunteer work with PROMETRA International. Throughout her career, she has worked, lived and learned in over 44 countries. "A Journey of Connectedness" is how she describes her connection with people and cultures she’s met along the way.

“We are more alike than we are different” she said. The “sameness of the experience” connects us all.

Floyd is currently an associate professor of Clinical Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. During her tenure, she has served as the Family Practice Residency Program director, senior adviser to the president, and co-director of its SACS Accreditation process. She also serves as the volunteer executive director of PROMETRA USA.

She has committed her time and treasures to boards, committees, and organizations as a consultant, adviser, board member and volunteer for organizations such as the National March of Dimes, PROMETRA International, the Andrew J. Young Foundation, and the Georgia Legislative Caucus State Advisory Board, just to name a few.

In addition to being elected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Floyd has received multiple awards and honors. She was selected by the National Institutes of Health for its national exhibit “History of American Women Physicians;” the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Phillips Medal of Public Service; the recipient of the National Community Service Award and the Alumnae Achievement Award in Science and Medicine from Spelman.

She currently resides in Stone Mountain, Georgia, with her husband, Joseph, and they are parents of two adult children, Lauren and Justin, and two grandsons, Raymond and Chase.