Tomi Wiley James joins MVA as Communications Specialist

Tomi Wiley James joins MVA as Communications Specialist

Tomi Wiley James didn’t write her first words: she wrote her first short story.

She translated that love of storytelling into a career in newspapers and magazines, starting as a staff writer and working her way up to editor. Her favorite aspect of this career, she says, was connecting with people and sharing their stories.

“You see a bit of everything in the newspaper business,” James says. “You meet people from all walks of life and are exposed to all kinds of situations – both good and bad.”

James is also involved in the addiction recovery community, where she has observed the impact of health disparities. This sparked her interest, seeking a way to establish bridges between active resources and the community. That’s when she found the Alliance, with its partners that offer programs to support people in recovery.

The connection between people has always been of interest to James, who has taken on the role of communications specialist for the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance. Now she gets the chance to highlight the Alliance, its partners and offerings within the community.

“There is so much going on here,” James says of the Alliance, “so much to learn about and be involved in. Taking on the challenge of addressing health disparities is very exciting to me. My own experience makes me want to help and change the game.”

About the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

The Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance is a collaborative initiative between Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Since 1999, faculty, researchers, health professionals, students, and community members have worked with the MVA to address health disparities. The MVA is committed to cultivating strategic partnerships, building community capacity, and facilitating research and learning opportunities. We seek to promote community resources and assets that strengthen connections between our institutions, partners, and the populations they serve.