The Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance develops and supports collaborative initiatives. It has provided opportunities for collaboration between Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and for collaboration with projects in the community.

The elimination of health disparities is a major focus of Alliance projects.

Dr. Consuelo H. Wilkins assumed the role of Executive Director on June 1, 2012, and leads the Alliance in expanding its community-engaged research initiatives while continuing to cultivate its existing programs.