Dr. Wilkins joins Southeastern Health Equity Council

Dr. Wilkins joins Southeastern Health Equity Council

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Executive Director Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI has been selected to become a member of the Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC). 

The SHEC is one of 10 regional health equity councils in the U.S. formed in 2011 as part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA), which is the first national multi-sector community- and partnership-driven effort on behalf of health equity, spearheaded by the federal Office of Minority Health (OMH). 

SHEC corresponds to Region IV, which is comprised of eight states in the Southeast of the U.S.: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. This voluntary association of 40 voting members (five per state) brings together leaders from diverse backgrounds including healthcare providers, healthcare-focused organizations, academia, public health agencies, economic development, faith-based organizations, grassroots organizations and other non-profit organizations and businesses to reinforce the need for multi-sector linkages as a key strategy for ending health disparities in America. The diversity on the SHEC ensures adequate input from diverse sectors in the council’s efforts to understand and address health disparities in the region.


About the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities

The NPA is an inclusive health and social system that treats people equitably and creates conditions in which all people can achieve optimal health reflects an educated society and a strong economy. 


About the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

Founded in 1999, the Alliance bridges the institutions of Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University. Its mission is to enrich learning and advance clinical research by developing and supporting mutually beneficial partnerships between Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt University and the communities they serve.