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Research and health policy enrich the future of healthcare


September 23, 2015

The Next Generation of Care

NASHVILLE: Thanks to the pioneering spirit of United Methodist-related Meharry Medical College, students are garnering comprehensive, collaborative knowledge to prepare them for the healthcare field. Founded in 1867 as the first medical college open to African Americans in the south, Meharry is leading the way in research and health policy – and how the two are closely intertwined.

A new video, The Next Generation of Care , produced by United Methodist Communications and the Black College Fund at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, highlights the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry. The video details the distinctness and vitality of the center’s programing in today’s medial field.

“When you look at the career interests of our students, from medicine to dentistry, to public health, to biostatistics, to psychology, to economics, to bring all those students together in one setting really is invigorating,” said Dr. A. Dexter Samuels, Executive Director of the center.

Bringing together healthcare and health policy can deliver the best treatment for patients, something that is of the utmost importance for all of the scholars. Student Timothy Guinn said, “Being able to see things from that health policy perspective definitely opened my eyes to view things holistically.”

Meharry, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is one of 11 Black colleges and universities supported by the Black College Fund of The United Methodist Church, which supports the largest number of Black colleges and universities of any church body in the United States.

The 11 Black colleges are located in the Southeastern and South Central Jurisdictions and are diverse in every way. There are approximately 16,000 students enrolled, and 90 percent of them qualify for financial aid. The colleges are and have always been open to all.


About The Black College Fund:

The Black College Fund (BCF), a ministry of The United Methodist Church, is the largest supporter of Black colleges and universities of any church body in the United States. The 11 BCF-supported colleges enroll approximately 16,000 students, with 90 percent of them qualifying for financial aid. BCF funding to the 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, which is administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, comes from Black College Fund apportionments paid by local United Methodist churches.

About Meharry Medical College:

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Meharry Medical College is one of the nation's oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers dedicated to educating physicians, dentists, researchers, and health policy experts.

Meharry includes a medical school, dental school, and a graduate school; and is home to the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy at Meharry. The degrees include Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

Meharry is a United Methodist Church-related institution. A 2010 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine ranked Meharry as one of the nation's top five producers of primary care physicians. Meharry is also a leading producer of African Americans with Ph.Ds. in biomedical sciences.

Contact: Elsie Cunningham