GREENVILLE—A GHS community relations coordinator has been selected to join the Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC). SHEC is one of 10 regional councils across the United States that serves as the local organizing and implementation force behind the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities.
Melinda Hudson Gillispie, RN, MSN, who organizes the annual GHS Minority Health Summit and other community health initiatives to address health disparities, has been selected as one of South Carolina’s five representatives for the SHEC council. The council focuses on ending health disparities in the Southeast while pushing for policy changes, effective programs and increased awareness about health disparities.
“It’s an honor to be selected for the Southeastern Health Equity Council,” Gillispie said. “I’m looking forward to working alongside many others who are dedicated to eliminating the barriers to health care that impact too many people across the Southeast.”
The council consists of 40 representatives from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Council members serve on committees focused on raising awareness, cultural competency, governance and social determinants of health.
Gillispie has been a tireless advocate for organizing initiatives in Greenville’s underserved communities to improve awareness and screening rates. The 10th Annual GHS Minority Health Summit will be held in April of 2016. The event, which averages more than 2,000 attendees, educates the community about health disparities, risk factors and signs or disease. The Summit also provides an opportunity for people to get screened, obtain health information, resources and access to a medical home through various agencies providing services and clinical care, including safety net providers.
Earlier this year, Gillispie was recognized with GHS’ MLK Diversity Leadership Award for her work in the community.