Community Engagement Core

The Meharry Community Engagement Core connects community members and organizations with Meharry researchers to conduct research and share results that will improve health for communities that experience the poorest health outcomes.


To eradicate health and healthcare disparities through long-term, collaborative, mutually beneficial community/academic research partnership.


The mission of the Meharry Community Engagement Core is to “combine the passion, knowledge, and skills of community partners and academic researchers to carry out research, share research results, and put into practice research findings that advance health equity and improve health for communities that experience the poorest health outcomes.”

Apart from efforts to increase community capacity to engage in research and partner with them in advancing their own health-related priorities, the Community Engagement Core provides direct support to Meharry researchers, including:

  1. providing community-engaged research training;
  2. identifying and facilitating collaborators with various community members, such as community-based organizations;
  3. identifying potential research study participants; and;
  4. providing assistance for sharing research study results beyond traditional academic venues.

A Community Advisory Board, including representatives form health advocacy, health equity, and faith-based organizations, provides guidance to the Community Engagement Core and serves as one avenue for researchers to get community feedback about their research and explore potential community-academic research partnerships.


  • Consultations for researcher and community members/organizations
  • Partnerships with more than 100 community members and organizations
  • Community Advisory Board
  • Training modules for researchers and community member
  • Research Volunteer Database
  • Community Engagement Studios
  • Community/Academic partnership development support
  • Lay Research Dissemination Procedures and Methods

For any inquires contact, Community Engagement Core Director, Stephania Miller-Hughes PhD MS, or Co-Director, Leah Alexander PhD MPH, or Program Manager, Mariah Chambers MHA,

Partnership Opportunities

To learn more about the Community Engagement Core, visit their website below.

Community Engagement Core Publications

Feasibility of precision smoking treatment in a low-income community setting: results of a pilot randomized controlled trial in The Southern Community Cohort Study.
Scott S Lee, Nicole Senft Everson, Maureen Sanderson, Rebecca Selove, William J Blot, Stephen King, Karen Gilliam, Suman Kundu, Mark Steinwandel, Sarah J Sternlieb, Qiuyin Cai, Shaneda Warren Andersen, Debra L Friedman, Erin Connors Kelly, Mary Kay Fadden, Matthew S Freiberg, Quinn S Wells, Juan Canedo, Rachel F Tyndale, Robert P Young, Raewyn J Hopkins, Hilary A Tindle

Acceleration of benzo(a)pyrene-induced colon carcinogenesis by Western diet in a rat model of colon cancer.
Kelly L Harris, Kenneth J Harris, Leah D Banks, Samuel E Adunyah, Aramandla Ramesh

Application of Mass Cytometry Platforms to Solid Organ Transplantation.
Wenming Zhang, Ayantika Sen, Josselyn K Pena, Andrea Reitsma, Oliver C Alexander, Tetsuya Tajima, Olivia M Martinez, Sheri M Krams

A pilot observation using ultrasonography and vowel articulation to investigate the influence of suspected obstructive sleep apnea on upper airway.
Shumit Saha, Anand Rattansingh, Rosemary Martino, Keerthana Viswanathan, Anamika Saha, Nasim Montazeri Ghahjaverestan, Azadeh Yadollahi

Recent Trends of "Manels" and Gender Representation Among Panelists at North American Annual Radiation Oncology Meetings.
Laura Burgess, Anushka Ghosh, Beow Y Yeap, Nabeel Rasheed, Siri Ragala, Anita Nwiloh, Henning Willers, Anthony Zietman, Neha Vapiwala, Sophia C Kamran

Performance of AI chatbots on controversial topics in oral medicine, pathology, and radiology.
Hossein Mohammad-Rahimi, Zaid H Khoury, Mina Iranparvar Alamdari, Rata Rokhshad, Parisa Motie, Azin Parsa, Tiffany Tavares, James J Sciubba, Jeffery B Price, Ahmed S Sultan