Christopher Smith, MVA's newest team member, eager to engage community

Matt Schorr
January 27, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Christopher Smith, MA joins the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (MVA) as a Community Engagement Program Manager, focusing on education and giving back to the community. Smith – a native Nashvillian and Masters graduate of UT Knoxville – returned home from Indianapolis where he served as Dean of Scholars for the PATH School.  

MMC President Hildreth discusses COVID-19 vaccine on TODAY Show

Matt Schorr
December 11, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use on December 11, and mass distribution has already begun. Meharry Medical College (MMC) President and CEO James E.K. Hildreth, PhD, MD serves on the FDA Advisory Committee, and he appeared on the TODAY Show days before that happened to discuss the approval process and stress the importance of clear communication about the vaccine's effectiveness and safety.  

Trina Taglalavore joins MVA team as Executive Assistant

Matt Schorr
November 30, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. “If I wasn’t helping someone, I wasn’t living my days.” That mantra directed Trina Taglialavore – the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance’s (MVA) new Executive Assistant – at crucial moments in her life. One moment was the birth of her daughter. Another was the death of her mother. “I realized what was important and what wasn’t,” Taglialavore recalled. “There were a lot of things before that seemed important but weren’t.”  

Schorn reflects on time with MVA's IPE program

Matt Schorr
November 16, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Mavis Schorn, PhD, APRN, CNM, CNE, FACNM, FAAN, FNAP served with the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance’s (MVA) Interprofessional Education and Inter-Institutional Collaborative Learning (IPE) program for almost nine years. She was Director and Co-Director during the last four. Earlier in 2020, she stepped away from the program.

New IPE Co-Director brings experience and passion to the team

Matt Schorr
September 25, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Christian Ketel, DNP, RN – the new Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Inter-Institutional Collaborative Learning co-director – brings more than 20 years of experience to the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (MVA) program. “I’ve been in the healthcare field and in nursing at about every level you can be in,” he said.

MVA Community Principle Investigator spotlighted in PREVENTABLE newsletter

Matt Schorr
September 21, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. PREVENTABLE (PRagmatic EValuation of evENTs And Benefits of Lipid-lowering in oldEr adults) is a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)-funded study aiming to learn from patients 75 years and older if statin could help them live well for longer. Each month, PREVENTABLE publishes an email newsletter with updates on its work and spotlights on individual team members.