MVA intern Danielle Epps poised for career in dentistry

Matt Schorr
July 11, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Danielle Epps wanted to help people. From an early age, she was interested in caring for the community and ensuring that everyone was able to live a healthy life. Specifically, she was most attracted to dentistry. “I always wanted to be a dentist,” she recalled. “I’ll be the first in my family.”  

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.

MVA intern follows in the family business, but in a different way

Matt Schorr
June 25, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Phillip Morris’ father was a minister. So, too, was his grandfather. As such, they strove to nurture and protect the spiritual health of all people. Through compassion, diligence, hard work and sacrifice, they served and worked alongside congregations for the betterment of their communities. Morris always wanted to be a part of that family business. He just wanted to do it a different way.   Becoming a healer “I wanted to be in medical healing, which can be linked to spiritual healing,” he said.

PMHDC announces Year 4 Pilot Research Awards

June 20, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Precision Medicine and Health Disparities Collaborative (PMHDC) is pleased to announce the Pilot Research Awards for Year 4. This year, the PMHDC will sponsor these research projects:

MVA intern Raven Alade hopes to contribute to mental health awareness

Matt Schorr
May 14, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Raven Alade began her path to healthcare studying psychology. After graduating from North County Technical High School in St. Louis, she earned a Bachelors of Science Degree majoring in the subject, with a minor in Africana Studies. When she entered the Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education, however, her goals shifted.

Latino faith leaders gather to address Adverse Childhood Experiences

Matt Schorr
May 13, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. In 2018, nearly 50 Latino leaders from at least 20 local faith groups gathered at the Coleman Park Community Center to gain insight on health needs in their communities. The event – organized by the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (MVA) and the Faith and Health Collaborative – was called Breakfast with Religious Leaders, and its goal was to establish what organizers called a “culture of wellness.”

MVA intern Muna Muday intends to impact health on a global scale

Matt Schorr
May 7, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. For Muna Muday, being a doctor isn’t enough. “I want to work domestically and internationally,” she said. “I feel like these two cannot be away from each other.” Her passion is learning how to develop programs that improve public health, and she hopes to someday work with projects on a global scale for organizations like the World Health Organization and other international groups. Specifically, her interests lie with efforts advocating for health among women and children.