MVA student intern Kelly McHugh focuses energy on community engagement

Matt Schorr
August 16, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. The latest Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance student intern, Kelly McHugh, is still working out the specific direction her career path will take. With two years left in her academic career, she certainly has time to determine such things. However, broadly speaking, she knows exactly where she wants to target her energies. “I want to be focused on community engagement,” she says, “to address health equity.”

MVA hosts Community Health Workers presentation and panel discussion

Matt Schorr
July 28, 2017

 Photo by Jacquelyn Favours, MPH, CHES
 Public Health Consultant Barbara Clinton, MSW, LAPSW; Allysceaeioun B. Spears, PhD, MPH from the Tennessee Department of Health; D’Yuanna Allen-Robb, MPH from the Metro Public Health Department; and Amy Richardson, MPH from Siloam Health.

Tilicia Mayo-Gamble, PhD pens Sickle Cell Disease blog on

Matt Schorr
June 26, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Tilicia Mayo-Gamble, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow with the Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core, recently penned a blog on titled "It’s Not a One Size Fits All Approach: Best Practices for Engaging Minorities with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) in Health Research." In it, she discussed methods for researchers seeking to recruit and engage African Americans with SCD.

NHDC announces rollout of new website

Matt Schorr
June 16, 2017

 Photo by Matt Schorr
 Pictured from left to right at the Nashville Health Disparities Coalition (NHDC) website rollout are NHDC Co-Chair Sam McCullough, NHDC Chair Dr. Cynthia Jackson and REACH 2020 Community Organizer Taylyn Lewis.

Neighborhoods Resource Center hosts Local Forum

Matt Schorr
June 15, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. On Tuesday, June 6. 2017, the Neighborhoods Resource Center hosted the Local Forum "Making Research More Relevant to People: Results of a PCORI Methods Award" at the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center.
 Those gathered at the forum discussed the results of a PCORI project focused on understanding and improving patient/community engagement. Conclusion drawn by the project included