Community Impact

Martin Luther King Diversity Leadership Awards Luncheon

Held annually in January, the GHS MLK Leadership Awards Luncheon is a signature event of the Diversity Department. The event recognizes an outstanding employee and department here at GHS that serve as champions for diversity, inclusion and equality for our patients and employees. Each year, we host a keynote speaker who has advanced diversity and inclusion in healthcare. The luncheon is open to all GHS employees, who join community leaders and members of the GHS Board of Trustees for this momentous occasion.

Photos from previous MLK Events

Diversity Advisory Council

GHS’ Diversity Advisory Council exists to facilitate staff and community involvement in advancing equality and inclusion at GHS while fostering positive relationships with the community.

The Diversity Advisory Council was organized to keep GHS informed of activities, needs, and new developments taking place within the community that should be considered when developing policies which impact the delivery of health care to our diverse patient population.

The Diversity Advisory Council was convened by the GHS Diversity Department and has served the system since 1997. The Diversity Advisory Council’s membership is composed of community members and GHS employees whose areas of responsibility impact the effectiveness of the GHS’ diversity initiative.

Diversity Advisory Council Members

  • Brandon Coker, Director of Facilities Development, GHS
  • Doug Dorman, Vice President of Human Resources, GHS
  • Gwen Kinard, City Clerk and Treasurer, City of Laurens
  • Lillian Garcia, Children’s Advocacy Special Project Coordinator, GHS
  • Melinda Hudson Gillispie, Community Relations Coordinator, GHS
  • Pastor Curtis Johnson, Pastor, Valley Brook Outreach Baptist Church
  • Roberto Martinez, Manager of Language Services, GHS
  • Sara Montero-Buria, Community Engagement and Strategy Manager, Hispanic Alliance
  • Stephen Middleton, Community Volunteer
  • S.T. Peden, CEO, Minority Economic Development Institute

Community Relations

GHS’s Community Relations Department hosts several annual events that demonstrate GHS’ commitment to the diverse communities of the Upstate including “Take a Loved One to the Doctor” Day and the Minority Health Summit. These events work to promote healthy lifestyles in a culturally competent manner while decreasing health disparities for minority communities.

The Perinatal Awareness for Successful Outcomes (PASOs) program provides culturally responsive education on family health, early childhood, and positive parenting skills; individual guidance for participants in need of resources; and partnership with health care and social service providers to help them provide more effective services.

The Children’s Advocacy Department promotes the total health of children through its responsibilities for injury and obesity prevention, healthy child development, public policy, and community outreach programs at Children’s Hospital of GHS. The Children’s Advocacy program hosts the following programs:

  • Injury Prevention
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention
  • Healthy Child Development
  • Child Abuse Prevention Support
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Public Policy/Community Education