MVA intern Tamee Livermont has a passion for healthcare access

Matt Schorr
April 2, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. When asked about her goals in the medical field, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (MVA) intern Tamee E. Livermont couldn’t help but chuckle. “Gosh, I have a lot of them,” she said. Indeed, when she lists those goals, they become a broad and lengthy checklist of topical action items. If they could be grouped under a single umbrella, it would be increased access to health care, particularly for under-served populations. That umbrella would cover a lot of ground, though.  

Faith leaders gather for Resilience screening to combat ACEs and toxic stress

Matt Schorr
March 18, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. As recently as the 1990s, researchers discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. Toxic stress triggered hormones in many children that wrought havoc on their brains and bodies, putting them at greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison and even death.” “The child may not remember, but the body remembers,” one clinician said ominously.  

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.