Community Engagement and Research Core

A component of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), is the Community Engagement and Research Core (CERC). Through CERC, Meharry and Vanderbilt lend research expertise to community work groups. By way of workshops/training, consultation, mini-grants, educational material, and use of core facilities, the CERC is working one-on-one with communities to improve citizen health and broaden neighbors' health knowledge. For more information, call 615.936.2565 or send an email to

Community Research Partners

This network of health-minded groups is well represented by both private and civic groups. The Community Research Partnerships—more than 100 strong—meet monthly to discuss topical health matters and possible interventions. The CERC advises the partners on potential research projects and coordinates with members on community activities. Visit the Community Research Partners web site, where you can sign up as a participant.

Research Tools

Two tools designed by Vanderbilt's CTSA and available to Meharry researchers are starBRITE and ResearchMatch. StarBRITE is a web-based consortium-wide system that facilitates collaborations and provides one-stop shopping for various research needs. ResearchMatch is a national registry that links researchers with volunteers for clinical trials. To find out more about access to these tools, contact Jared Elzey at 615.327.5800 or and Tonya Micah at 615.327.6237 or

For more information about the Clinical and Translational Science Award at Meharry, contact Duane Smoot, M.D. at 615.327.6277 or