School Wellness Coordinator
Melodie Griffin has over ten years of experience in the healthcare field with a focus on clinical nutrition, public health and program implementation. Melodie prides herself on her ability to build effective relationships and bring together multiple organizations for a common cause.
Currently, Melodie is a School Wellness Coordinator for UnitedHealthcare’s Activate for Kids program. This philanthropic program is focused on addressing the childhood obesity epidemic through a school-based approach. The program launched nationally in six school districts in August 2011.
As the school wellness coordinator for Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) in Sanford, Florida, Melodie facilitates coordination and engagement between key stakeholders. She partners with community organizations to provide schools with available resources and programs.
Melodie works to provide support for school nurses, teachers, and administration through grant writing, campus-based health initiatives, and program implementation. Melodie also identifies, improves, and implements school district procedures and protocols related to nutrition and fitness.
Prior to UnitedHealthcare, Melodie worked as an Extension Agent for the University of Florida’s Seminole County Extension Services. In this role, she managed the Family Nutrition Program, providing nutrition education to over 3,500 SCPS Title 1 students each month. As a direct result of her program, SCPS students indicated significant increase in the intake of fruit and vegetables, fiber, and water, as well as a significant decrease in the intake of soda.
Melodie has also served as a Senior Analyst on the Medical Reserve Corps Program with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) where she provided technical expertise to address public health preparedness at the local level. In this role, during the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, Melodie served as the NACCHO liaison to the CDC’s Emergency Operation Center.
In addition, Melodie worked in clinical nutrition at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, FL, where she provided nutrition education, weekly cooking classes, and special meals to pediatric oncology patients and their families.
Melodie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science from Auburn University and obtained her Master of Science in Health Service Administration from the University of Central Florida.