Melinda Gillispie, MSN, RN
Community Relations Coordinator
Greenville Health System

Melinda Gillispie is a master’s prepared registered nurse with specialties in nursing and healthcare education. She is the Community Relations Coordinator for the Greenville Health System (GHS), Department of Community Relations. In this position, she helps to improve the health of the community through education and prevention initiatives as well as community readiness and mobilization.

Ms. Gillispie is an adjunct nursing instructor at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Mary Black School of Nursing. Her courses for senior nurses include community and public health nursing and senior practicum in professional nursing. She also provides education to nursing students and the lay community on health disparities, disease prevention, and management. She focuses on the burden of disease and lifestyle solutions that impact the health outcomes of communities.

Ms. Gillispie has coordinated the strategic efforts of the GHS Minority Health Summit. This highly successful signature program has been conducted for 10 years with a goal of educating and increasing awareness of health disparities affecting the minority community. She has been instrumental in securing high-level keynote speakers to address the state of minority health, including Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. David Satcher, Laila Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Dr. Ian Smith, Dr. Thaddeus Bell, and Donna Richardson Joyner. The GHS Minority Health Summit has reached more than 17,000 individuals to date. She also has coordinated other community health initiatives (e.g., Barbershop & Beauty Shop Talk, Power to Prevent Diabetes, and Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day) to empower and educate the community on adopting a healthier lifestyle and taking personal responsibility for their health.

Ms. Gillispie was chosen as one of the 25 Most Beautiful Women in the Upstate by Greenville Talk Magazine. Her other honors and awards include the GSA Business Journal Health Care Hero Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Health Initiative and Education Award, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, and 107.3 JAMZ Upstate Black History Makers.

Ms. Gillispie is passionate about raising awareness of health disparities; building key academic and community partnerships through her strong voice, influence, and leadership; creating a culture of health; and encouraging the community to celebrate health through active living and lifestyles. Her efforts have been recognized by peers, colleagues, and the community she is dedicated to serve.