MVA Research Student's career goals shifted in college

Matt Schorr
February 10, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Although the specifics of her career path shifted, Teris Taylor always intended to work in healthcare. Throughout her childhood and high school years, the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance’s (MVA) latest Research Immersion student planned to enter maternal health care. That changed in college, however. “Up until I was a senior in high school, I always wanted to be an OB/GYN,” Taylor recalled.

My Healthcare Home website an effective tool to find quality care

Matt Schorr
February 7, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Metro Health Department and Safety Net Consortium of Middle Tennessee (SNCMT) hosted an official launch for the newly revamped My Healthcare Home website – – this week. Members of the health department and the SNCMT clinics gathered to discuss the site’s capabilities and plan for its future use.

VUMC Celebrates Black History Month

February 4, 2020

The VUMC African American Employee Resource Group (AA ERG), which is a new employee group along with the Veterans, LGBTQ and Hispanic/Latino employee groups that VUMC started to provide various employee-led support and engagement.

An unforeseeable path brought Amir Elraheb to the MVA

Matt Schorr
January 30, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Amir Elraheb’s journey to the healthcare field had several unexpected and, perhaps, unlikely turns. In fact, he didn’t initially see himself entering healthcare at all. “But life happened,” the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance’s (MVA) new Associate Program Manager recalled with a smile.

PMHDC members discuss challenges and plans at third in-person meeting

Matt Schorr
January 14, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. In 2016, the Precision Medicine & Health Disparities Collaborative (PMHDC) launched with a simple mission: provide resources for research teams using precision medicine to eliminate health disparities. In the years that followed, its objectives encompassed science, education and advocacy.

MVA's Interprofessional Education pillar restructuring

Matt Schorr
December 11, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  The Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance’s (MVA) Interprofessional Education (IPE) pillar is changing. Since it began in 1999, one of the MVA’s primary goals was to create innovative means for interprofessional and educational collaboration between academia and the community. Likewise, its mission is to make a lasting, positive impact. With that in mind, the IPE faculty believed it was time to restructure future sessions to incorporate new ideas, new strategies and new approaches.  

Faith leaders and researchers talk 'substance abuse and addiction'

Matt Schorr
December 2, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. “The opposite of addiction is connection,” Monty Burks, PhD., State Director of Faith-Based Initiatives for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services professed to a room full of faith leaders. “The opposite of addiction is connection.”