About Us

About Us

Founded in 1999, the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance seeks to eliminate health disparities by developing and supporting collaborative initiatives between Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, community partners and the individuals, families and communities they serve.

Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD, executive director, leads the Alliance in expanding its community-engaged research initiatives while continuing to cultivate its existing programs. 


The Alliance will be a leader in advancing inter-institutional collaborations to enhance and support high-impact translational research, inter-professional learning and community engagement.



The Alliance will enrich learning and advance clinical research by developing and supporting mutually beneficial partnerships between MMC, VUMC and the communities they serve.