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Sunitha Vungarala Joins the MVA as Clinical/Translational Research Coordinator

We’re pleased to welcome Sunitha Vungarala, PGDCC, to the Meharry Vanderbilt Alliance (MVA). Dr. Vungarala joins the MVA as a Clinical/Translational Research Coordinator, focusing primarily on coordination of population health science, community-engagement, and outcomes research conducted within the Meharry-Vanderbilt-Tennessee State University Cancer Partnership (MVTCP).

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Barbara Jacobson

Join us this month in celebrating esteemed Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) faculty member and MVA Interprofessional Education (IPE) faculty mentor Barbara Jacobson, PhD, CCC-SLP. With planned retirement in May 2022, we’re proud to highlight her contributions and engagement throughout the years.

Students from Local Universities Brainstorm Community Improvement Initiatives with MVA Interprofessional and Interinstitutional Education (IPE)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On January 28, 2022, more than 30 students from local institutions participated in the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (MVA) Interinstitutional Interprofessional Education (IPE) student project. Gathering via Zoom, they met with faculty mentors and Nashville-based organizations to brainstorm ways to improve the community.

Karen Winkfield To Direct Engagement for National Research Network

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received a three-year, $2 million contract from PCORI, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, to establish an Engagement Coordinating Center for PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network. The new center will be directed by Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD, professor of Radiation Oncology, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance.

MVSA Brings Together Meharry and Vanderbilt Students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Students from Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center gathered virtually on January 11, 2022, for the year’s first Meharry-Vanderbilt Student Alliance (MVSA) general meeting.

Marjorie Faith Christian-Hardwick, MPP, Joins the MVA as Program Manager

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Marjorie Faith Christian-Hardwick, MPP, recently joined the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (MVA) as Program Manager for the Meharry Medical College/Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center /Tennessee State University Cancer Partnership (MVTCP). She hopes to draw on her experience in public policy to further community-based research in Tennessee.

Meredith Smalls, MPH, Joins the MVA as Clinical Research Coordinator

Meredith is excited to join Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (MVA) as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She finds it important for minorities to have access to clinical trials, because when they take part, it helps to improve the health of all people and provide greater understanding of health disparities. Meredith believes “While it’s important to recruit minorities for clinical trials, it’s also important to understand and overcome the barriers to keeping them enrolled.”

MVA Founder Clifton Meador Dies at 90

Dr. Meador served as the first executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance from 1999 to 2012. Founded in 1999, the Alliance bridges the institutions of Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. At the Alliance, he was one of the founders and first chairman of the Consortium of Safety Net Providers of Middle Tennessee, a consortium of 23 clinics that served uninsured people.