The Office of Health Equity (OHE) is the institutional home for coordinating and catalyzing community health and health equity initiatives across VUMC. Through education and training, we prepare future health leaders to promote health equity.

We understand that learners at every stage of their educational journey want to be engaged in meaningful educational experiences, research and community work. The OHE serves as a resource for learners who wish to become future health equity leaders. Click below to explore health equity educational opportunities and resources.


Graduate Certificate in Health Equity

To achieve health equity, society needs physician leaders that understand the determinants of health and possess skills to impact meaningful change at the individual, system, and/or community levels. The Graduate Certificate in Health Equity is offered for Vanderbilt University medical students who wish to deepen their knowledge and expertise in order to embark on leadership careers in this area. Click here to learn more.


Lewis B. Lefkowitz Fund

The Lefkowitz Fund supports medical or public health student involvement in projects aiming to improve community health and advance health equity. The Lefkowitz Fund supporting student engagement in community health is named in honor of Dr. Lewis Lefkowitz. The Lefkowitz Fund recognizes and continues Dr. Lefkowitz’s commitment to extending public health and medical education beyond the classroom and into the community. Click here to learn more.


The Medical Student Guide to Advocating for Patients

The Medical Student Guide to Advocating for Patients aims to provide medical students with skills they can utilize when caring for patients with complicated psychosocial needs in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. The guide was developed by Vanderbilt University medical students with the help of physicians, residents, social workers, and leader of local community organizations. Click here to access the guide.


Housestaff Guide to Addressing Patient Social Determinants of Health

Adapted from the Medical Student Guide to Advocating for Patients, this guide aims to assist resident physicians in addressing patient social determinants of health. Click here to access the guide. 


Student Experiences + Applied Learning Opportunities

The Office of Health Equity builds relationships with community partners to help amplify their work in three major areas – Education/Training, Research, and Community/Population Health Improvement. The Office of Health Equity can serve as a resource for students to form relationships with community partners and find projects based on capacity and student interests. Click here to learn more.


Social Mission Committee at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

The Social Mission Committee is a medical student-run organization dedicated to advancing the VUSM Social Mission Statement: 

VUSM empowers students, faculty, and staff to actively partner with individuals and communities to achieve health equity. 

Click here to learn more about SMC.