Summer 2016
Researchers, community members and patients across the country gather to advance engagement in research
During the past decade, community engaged research (CEnR) has emerged as an effective approach to accelerating clinical research and translating findings. Unfortunately, successful CEnR methods and best practices haven't been disseminated at a pace consistent with the demands for community engagement. The recent Advancing the Science of Community Engaged Research Conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College, sought to change that.

Research news
NIH awards $11.6 million grant to Vanderbilt, Miami and Meharry for new center to study precision medicine and health disparities
Researchers at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), the University of Miami and Meharry Medical College were recently awarded a five-year, $11.6 million grant to launch a new center that will enable research using approaches to precision medicine to eradicate health disparities, specifically those among African Americans and Latinos.

Community member spotlight
Workers' Dignity continues stand for low-wage workers in Nashville
Like so many efforts for social and economic justice, Workers' Dignity isn't confined to its office walls. As a worker-led organization battling wage theft and systemic abuse against low-wage workers, they already boast more than $330,000 in recovered stolen wages and an increase of $680,000 in annual wages and benefits at seven hotels over the past three years.

Community engagement news
Camara Jones, MD, PhD, MPH shares allegories on race and racism at roundtable discussion
"It's not a scary thing to identify racism," Camara Jones, MD, PhD, MPH told community members gathered at the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. "It's an empowering thing."

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About the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance
The Alliance's mission is to enrich learning and advance clinical research by developing and supporting mutually beneficial partnerships between Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the communities they serve.
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