MVA’s community engagement pillar builds bridges and strategic partnerships across Meharry, Vanderbilt and community organizations to promote health equity. To this end, we:

  • Develop and support strategic partnerships focused on health issues of mutual concern.
  • Seek to understand issues impacting the community and leverage community assets.
  • Foster the use of evidence-based practices and employ a health equity lens in community engagement programming.
  • Bring together multisector collaboratives and support community-lead collaboratives to advance community health.
  • Engage in teaching and training to build capacity to address health issues of mutual concern and to ensure best practices in community engagement.
  • Support mutually beneficial research partnerships and scholarly activities that promote health equity.
  • Connect community partners to resources at Meharry and Vanderbilt, including faculty expertise and student service learning opportunities.
  • Provide students with opportunities to learn about community health improvement and community engagement, enhancing the ability of students to impact community health