In 2016, Vanderbilt was selected by the Association of American Medical Colleges as 1 of 8 institutions in its multi-year project, "Building a Systems Approach to Community Health and Health Equity for Academic Medical Centers." This project accelerated the creation of a medical center-wide Office of Health Equity (OHE). The OHE will expand health equity programs across the VUMC enterprise and support health equity initiatives in the community.

Overarching Mission

Our overarching mission is to drive a systems approach to health equity initiatives across VUMC. By collaborating across the research, education and clinical arms of VUMC and engaging community partners, OHE supports existing initiatives and will develop innovative models to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations in Nashville, surrounding counties and beyond.

To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to achieve and maintain optimal health, the OHE will seek to better understand and address health in individuals' social context. We envision a collaborative and integrative health system that supports people everywhere to live their healthiest lives in healthy communities and enables everyone a fair opportunity to be healthy.


We collectively acknowledge that VUMC’s Office of Health Equity occupies the ancestral and traditional Lands of the Cherokee and Shawnee peoples.