Ginn Group Consulting (GGC), led by President and CEO Melanie Ginn, is a nationally recognized firm with a proven track record in delivering exceptional outcomes and incisive analysis for clients. GGC brings objective and insightful perspective and expertise to review, research, develop, and deliver advanced business and legal analysis, strategies, and solutions. The GGC team is comprised of an exceptionally “deep bench” of talented multi-disciplinary professionals. Every aspect of their work is infused with an entrepreneurial spirit, a drive for excellence, a fearless willingness to take the road less traveled, and a passion for solving problems with the most efficacious, cost-effective, and swiftest solutions. As one client exclaimed, “Melanie is like a Corporate Sherpa, providing guidance that delivers incredible results!”
The SMART solution aims to break the cycle of poverty, proactively deploying an Active Access strategy to deliver Active Care that is changing the trajectory of lives by identifying and reducing barriers to academic achievement and competence. Focused on educational outcomes, the model provides preventive and integrative physical and behavioral health care that is. Ginn designed the SMART business model to support the goal of ensuring the wellness of every student in an educational setting, not just treating the acute needs of the minority.
The creation of SMART and its customized data collection system, eTHOSRx, are just two examples of the Ginn Group’s passion for bringing business and entrepreneurial zest to solve some of the most critical issues of the day. It was developed with the funding support and thought-leader collaboration of CVS Health’s Workforce Initiatives department, in recognition of the significant interconnections between health, education, and workforce.
When noting the evolution of the public school system and its hallmark features, I can see the day when SMART Student Health and Wellness Centers are as normative within public education as libraries—one in every school. It is paramount that students in the classroom be physically and mentally healthy, providing each the best opportunity to participate and learn. SMART identifies and reduces the barriers to student success and creates/improves the conditions that maximize the capacity for educators to teach.
In 25 years of working with schools and communities to improve the lives of at-risk children and youth, I have never seen an approach or intervention with the capacity that the SMART model has to bring about dramatic improvements. By bringing together proven health and behavioral health care methods in a new and unique delivery model, Ginn Group Consulting and CVS Health has forged the tool we have been looking for to help our children.
[Melanie] partnered with the communications and marketing unit as a trusted and knowledgeable consultant who provides expert advice and assistance with major projects. She has brought a broad range of valuable skill sets, and her core capabilities include administration, communication, customer service, leadership, planning, analytical skills, professionalism, resourcefulness, dependability, and personal qualities that make working with her very fun, enjoyable, and effective.
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s mission has been expanded thanks to Melanie’s connectivity, strategy, and vision. From working with us to develop a sustainable and measurable track for Latino talent into healthcare fields with CVS Health to spearheading innovative research and models that deliver economic impacts, like SMART, she facilitates and brokers-bringing partners together for the common cause of moving communities and America forward.
Our work as a thought-leader partner and sponsor of the SMART model is completely in line with our corporate principals—supporting innovation in health care delivery channels that increase access, increase quality and reduce costs.
If school systems and communities are looking for innovative and effective school-based health solutions, they should look no further than Melanie Ginn and the SMART Student Health Model. Melanie has developed and implemented a model that delivers strong and sustained health and educational outcomes that will have a far-reaching impact on individual students, their families, and their schools and communities.
For too many of our students, the barriers to good physical and emotional health are negatively impacting their capacity to learn and subsequent socio-economic life trajectories. The SMART model’s approach to ensuring the wellness of every student in the building, with the purpose of academic achievement, is unique and yields powerful results.
I want to first thank CVS Health, Ginn Group Consulting, and the University of Alabama in supporting Aliceville and Whatley Health Services to accomplish their goals. We have all learned, and shown others, that this model is truly the pinnacle of melding academic achievement with healthy behaviors and wellness for our children. Of course, our SMART Student Health and Wellness Center model goes well beyond earlier visions of how our nation might treat patients in schools. I have no doubt that we, here in West Alabama, can partner to expand this outstanding model to our other local schools and ultimately across other areas throughout Alabama and America. We have an excellent opportunity to continue to make a difference in the Black Belt regarding health care.