Faith-Based Health Equity Awards recognize four local organizations

Matt Schorr
July 3, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. The ultimate goal of health equity is to eliminate inequities and health disparities altogether. It’s a mission supported by the Faith and Health Collaborative, a group of stakeholders partnering to advance health equity in congregations and communities.

Aleta Simmons, MD hopes to play a role in diversity within the medical field

Matt Schorr
March 11, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Aleta Simmons, MD’s path to the medical field was lengthy. “I’ve been in school a long time,” she quipped. All told, she spent nearly two decades in higher education and medical training, traveling to five universities in three states. Each year, save one, was an unending push forward to earn her degree and increase diversity within her chosen field. Her one and only pause was the result of a traffic accident, which sidelined her just before she could complete her last stretch of training.  

Student National Medical Association discusses leadership and advocacy at Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

Matt Schorr
February 6, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Student National Medical Association (SNMA), founded in 1964 as a sub-division of the National Medical Association (NMA), strives to address the needs of underserved individuals and communities throughout America. Its goals include serving as a credible source of information, encouraging the development of minority faculty and eradicating health practices that compromise quality education to minorities.

Vanderbilt Scholars in HIV and Heart, Lung, Blood and Sleep Research website is now up

Matt Schorr
November 14, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Vanderbilt Scholars in HIV and Heart, Lung, Blood and Sleep Research (V-SCHOLARS) website is now up and running. The program provides two years of support for mentored research, using a unique dual-mentor structure – one mentor from the HIV/immunology field and one from a HLBS field – and is open to junior MDs and PhDs from Vanderbilt University Medical Center or Meharry Medical College.

Innovative Statewide Forum brings together Community Health Workers from throughout Tennessee

Matt Schorr
November 13, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. A packed room with almost 100 attendees at Saint Thomas Hospital West listened as Raisha Montgomery recalled a home visit with a single mother and her asthmatic son.
 As a Community Health Educator for the Methodist Le Bonheur Community Outreach Division in Memphis, Montgomery was accustomed to working well away from the spotlight. Yet, the statewide forum’s sole purpose was shining a light on the efforts of Community Health Workers (CHWs) like her.