NASHVILLE, Tenn. While healthcare providers dedicate themselves to treating patients diagnosed with COVID-19, members of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Student Alliance (MVSA) are offering their own efforts to further the cause. Many students have been assisting with walk-in testing, additional medical projects and – last but not least – babysitting.
“Vanderbilt students initiated the babysitting efforts,” Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (MVA) Program Manager Jessica Jones, MS explained. “Then, they invited Meharry Medical College (MMC) students to join their efforts and suggested offering services to Meharry providers, as well.”
Other efforts still in consideration include a COVID Hotiline, food delivery and TeleHealth setup.
About the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance
Founded in 1999, the Alliance bridges the institutions of Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Its mission is to enrich learning and advance clinical research in three primary areas -- community engagement, interprofessional education and research -- by developing and supporting mutually beneficial partnerships between Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the communities they serve. Through community engagement, the Alliance serves a large community of stakeholders including surrounding universities and colleges, community organizations, faith-based outlets and community health centers. Its interprofessional education enhances students' interdisciplinary understanding and improves patient outcomes through integrated care. The research conducted provides access to experienced grant writers and materials supporting the grant application process and facilitates grant-writing workshops.