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Program helps researchers deal with personal challenges

Oct. 8, 2020—An innovative program to support Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty facing substantial caregiving challenges in their personal lives, the Partnership in Actively Retaining Talented Early-career Researchers, or Doris Duke PARTNERS, will receive a $528,000, three-year grant renewal from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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Diversity role model inspires career path

Oct. 1, 2020—Portia Thomas grew up in Doerun, Georgia, a small, rural city named by pioneer hunters as a place with “a perfect doe run,” where the population has hovered around 800 people for the past 30 years. A childhood impression lifted her aspirations beyond her hometown and inspired her to pursue a career as a physician-scientist.

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Winkfield to direct Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

Sep. 3, 2020—Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD, associate professor of Radiation Oncology at Wake Forest University, associate director for Community Outreach and Engagement, and director of the Office of Cancer Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named the new executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance.

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Fe y Salud webinar addresses disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on Latino community

Jul. 2, 2020—The Latino community is affected disproportionately by COVID-19. News outlets report leaders and lawmakers calling its impact “catastrophic.” In the state of Tennessee, one-third of residents who test positive for the coronavirus are Hispanic, even though only 5.6 percent of the population is Hispanic.

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Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance celebrates 20 years of collaboration

Nov. 20, 2019—In 1999 Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center announced the establishment of a formal alliance to enhance the educational, scientific and clinical programs at and between both institutions.

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Wilkins named Vice President for Health Equity

Jan. 17, 2019—Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI, associate professor of Medicine and executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, has been named to the newly created positions of Vice President for Health Equity at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Associate Dean for Health Equity with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Precision Medicine meet

Jan. 10, 2019—Pictured at the recent 2018 Precision Medicine and Health Disparities Collaborative Annual Meeting are, from left, principal investigators Maria Lima, PhD (Meharry Medical College); Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI (Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance); Nancy Cox, PhD (Vanderbilt); and Roy Weiss, MD, PhD (University of Miami Miller School of Medicine).

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MVA summit seeks to bring more black men into health professions

Oct. 11, 2018—Encouragement, resilience and passion were the key messages at the recent Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance (MVA) summit for black men interested in health professions titled “Navigating the Pre-Health Path.”

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Grant to develop ways to measure medical mistrust in African-American men

Jul. 19, 2018—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been awarded a two-year, $250,000 grant by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop new ways to measure trust in African-American men as it relates to health care.

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Wilkins takes key role in national ‘All of Us’ precision medicine effort

Apr. 26, 2018—Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI, has played a major role in the development of the national All of Us Research Program, an ambitious effort led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to accelerate the prevention and treatment of illness through precision medicine.

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Conference brings researchers, community advocates together

Nov. 30, 2017—All too often, community and research are disconnected. Clinical studies move forward with little to no input from the populations they impact, and local voices are left out of the conversation.

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Wilkins named to national committee exploring return of research results

Aug. 17, 2017—Consuelo Wilkins, M.D., MSCI, executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, has been appointed to a national committee charged with determining how best to return to research participants the results of studies of their blood and other bio-specimens.

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