An unforeseeable path brought Amir Elraheb to the MVA

Matt Schorr
January 30, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Amir Elraheb’s journey to the healthcare field had several unexpected and, perhaps, unlikely turns. In fact, he didn’t initially see himself entering healthcare at all. “But life happened,” the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance’s (MVA) new Associate Program Manager recalled with a smile.

PMHDC members discuss challenges and plans at third in-person meeting

Matt Schorr
January 14, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. In 2016, the Precision Medicine & Health Disparities Collaborative (PMHDC) launched with a simple mission: provide resources for research teams using precision medicine to eliminate health disparities. In the years that followed, its objectives encompassed science, education and advocacy.

MVA's Interprofessional Education pillar restructuring

Matt Schorr
December 11, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  The Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance’s (MVA) Interprofessional Education (IPE) pillar is changing. Since it began in 1999, one of the MVA’s primary goals was to create innovative means for interprofessional and educational collaboration between academia and the community. Likewise, its mission is to make a lasting, positive impact. With that in mind, the IPE faculty believed it was time to restructure future sessions to incorporate new ideas, new strategies and new approaches.  

Faith leaders and researchers talk 'substance abuse and addiction'

Matt Schorr
December 2, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. “The opposite of addiction is connection,” Monty Burks, PhD., State Director of Faith-Based Initiatives for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services professed to a room full of faith leaders. “The opposite of addiction is connection.”  

Pauleatha Diggs is eager to address health disparities

Matt Schorr
November 15, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Pauleatha Diggs wants to make a difference. Her journey into the healthcare field began with a desire to impact health disparities. “I’ve been drawn to specialties in medicine that have significant health disparities and have gaps in connecting with underrepresented groups,” she said. That ambition pushed her to study medical areas where inequality exists, to address those issues and promote positive change.  

Dr. Wilson, Rep. Love discuss Positive Youth Development at community roundtable

Matt Schorr
November 7, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. For the past two years, Faith & Health Collaborative has focused on supporting local faith leaders with Positive Youth Development programming, with the goal of improving the health of the greater community. Perhaps more than any other community of youth, adolescent black males face obstacles of racial discrimination, community violence and, at times, hopelessness. Although, information about these obstacles and the negative impact they have is well documented, there is a continuous struggle to implement adequate measures to combat them.

African American Men Cancer Summit educates and empowers attendees

Matt Schorr
October 21, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. HPV stands for human papillomavirus, the most common sexually transmitted infection. It’s usually harmless and often goes away on its own. In some cases, however, it can lead to cancer in both men and women. This information, despite its importance, isn’t well known among African American men. Many are unaware of HPV, its relationship with cancer or the importance of getting vaccinated.