Centers of Excellence
Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center — A collaboration of Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University, and Vanderbilt University, the Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center (MCGEC), provides training for health professional students, faculty, and practitioners who provide geriatric care. The MCGEC is one of 45 Geriatric Education Centers federally funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professionals.
Meharry Medical College Center of Excellence —The Meharry Medical College Center of Excellence develops methodologies, plans, and procedures that improve information resources, clinical education, curricula, and cultural competence of Meharry graduates as they relate to minority health issues. Through its role as a Center of Excellence, Meharry Medical College continues as a leader in minority health education, ever-expanding the curriculum to prepare future physicians to be more effective with an increasingly diverse patient population.
Meharry Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)—The Meharry Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) is a six-week program with a curriculum designed to introduce Nashville-area high school students (rising juniors and seniors only) to the health care field by pairing them with physicians, residents, and nursing staff in clinical settings.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Regional Training Center—Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Southeast is a cooperative effort between Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University, the University of Louisville, and Morehouse School of Medicine. The headquarters is in the Meharry Medical College Department of Family and Community Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. FASD Southeast's goal is to train medical and health professionals in the prevention, recognition, diagnosis, intervention, and treatment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Center for Educational Development and Support Services — The Center for Educational Development and Support (CEDS) is a comprehensive academic support unit, established to foster an environment that stimulates and nurtures excellence in learning and teaching in medicine, dentistry and graduate studies/research.
Sickle Cell Center— What happens 6,000 times a year at Meharry? Blood testing for sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is one of the earliest known blood disorders, one that affects millions of people throughout the world, and, in the U.S., an estimated 90,000 African Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Meet the staff of the Sickle Cell Center and read about its services.
Meharry Community Wellness Center —The Meharry Community Wellness Center includes a wide range of early intervention services and focus on expanding access to and retention into high quality care, reducing health disparities, and improving health outcomes. The primary goals of this program are 1) to reduce the rate of HIV/AIDS and 2) to improve the health outcomes of low-income and medically underserved African Americans living with HIV/AIDS primarily in North Nashville.
Center for Women's Health Research (CWHR)—addressing diseases unique to women, particularly those experienced at higher rates among minority populations. Current and future research studies at the CWHR are in the areas of reproductive health, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, and social and environmental factors in women's health, as well as health care access and quality.
Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research (CAHDR)—unraveling the biology of HIV/AIDS and seeking remedies for the populations most affected. The CAHDR has three major areas of focus: biology, behavioral, and community outreach. Researchers at the CAHDR study new mechanisms of HIV infections, pathogenesis, immunity, and development of novel means for intervention.
Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience—understanding the brain's circuitry/chemistry as it relates to human behavior and thereby treat dementia, Parkinson's, addictions, and other psycho-social disorders. The mission of the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience is to conduct research in all phases—basic, translational, clinical, social, and behavioral—that will generate new knowledge and perhaps reduce health disparities in neurological disease and mental health.
The Meharry Translational Research Center (MeTRC)—a research, training and collaborations infrastructure that serves as an incubator for Meharry scientists conducting translational research. The scientists in MeTRC are focused on advancing research and health care related to diseases and disorders that disproportionately impact the nation's underrepresented minority populations.
The Health Disparities Research Center Center of Excellence (HDRCOE)—The Health Disparities Research Center Center of Excellence (formerly known as EXPORT) examines how society, economics, culture, behavior, and biology impact health, with the aim of involving the community in the research process and improving the health and well-being of ethnic and racial minorities.
Tennessee Child Passenger Safety Center —The Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office has designated Meharry as the administrator of its Tennessee Child Passenger Safety Center. The program is a state-wide train-the-trainer intervention that teaches law enforcement officers, day care centers, firemen, EMS workers and other groups how to install car seats safely. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children in the U.S., and car seats are a known life-saver.
Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) —The Research Centers in Minority Institutions program is managed by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, one of the 27 institutes and centers in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal is to expand the research capacity of the nation by improving the human and physical research resources at doctoral degree granting institutions that have a 50 percent or greater enrollment of students who are racially/ethnically underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.
Pamela C. Williams, M.D., Simulation and Clinical Skills Center —The Pamela C. Williams, M.D., Simulation and Clinical Skills Center is an 8,000-square-foot facility used for the simulation of medical procedures such as operations, medical examinations, and deliveries of babies. The state-of-the-art facility offers a new training experience for medical students to gain hands on experience as they replicate medical procedures in a controlled and stress-free environment.