Welcome to the National Center on Medical Education, Development and Research (NCMEDR). The center is one of six national centers funded by a cooperative agreement from Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to transform primary care medical education and clinical practice through the Academic Units for Primary Care Training and Enhancement (AU-PCTE) program. NCMEDR was funded specifically to inform medical education curriculum to better prepare students to address the needs of three vulnerable populations: LGBTQ, persons experiencing homelessness, and migrant farm workers. Each of these vulnerable populations represents a significant segment of the overall population whose unique needs are rarely addressed, resulting in poor health outcomes and population-level disparities.

We hope to lead the national conversation by undertaking systems level research, engaging with our Community  of Practice (CoP), and disseminating research findings as to how medical schools can better prepare students to meet the health care challenges of these vulnerable populations. The NCMEDR expects that these activities will assist other medical schools as they develop new curriculum to examine health disparities, health services, health equity, and primary care training needs of vulnerable populations from a systems framework and a life course model.

We will provide information on this website that address the needs of health professions educators, residency directors, community physicians, and community organizations and leaders interested in improving health outcomes for these three vulnerable populations. Thank you for your interest!

Patricia Matthews-Juarez, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Director, Research Training Core, Health Disparities Research Center of Excellence
Meharry Medical College



The Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA) supports the training of health professionals, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most, and improvements in health care delivery. The overarching purpose of the HRSA AU-PCTE program is to establish, maintain or improve academic units or programs that improve clinical teaching through research in the fields of family medicine, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics in order to strengthen the primary care workforce.


The HRSA AU-PCTE program seeks is to establish academic units in primary care medical education to conduct systems-level research to inform primary care training; disseminate evidence-based best practices; and develop a community of practice that promotes the widespread enhancement of primary care training to produce a diverse, high quality primary care workforce. Research findings will be disseminated in order to promote and disseminate research and best practices that result in providing higher quality and access to care as well as to promote health equity and reduce disparities among medically vulnerable communities. Section 747(b)(1)(A) of the Public Health Service Act.



Pat Matthews-Juarez, PhD
Project Director, Professor,
Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine
Phone: 615.327.6718
Email: pmatthews-juarez@mmc.edu
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Paul Juarez, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Director,
Division of Primary Care Training Research,
Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine
Phone: 615.327.6692
Email: pjuarez@mmc.edu
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Katherine Y. Brown, EdD
Director, Communities of Practice, National Center for Medical
Education, Development and Research.
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Phone: 615.327.5548
Email: kbrown@mmc.edu
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Wansoo Im, PhD
Data Manager, Associate Professor,
Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine
Phone: 615.327.5817
Email: wim@mmc.edu
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Robert Lyle Cooper, PhD
Research Investigator, Assistant Professor,
Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine
Phone: 615.327.6355
Email: rcooper@mmc.edu
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Aramandla Ramesh, PhD
Associate Professor, Senior Scientist, Biochemistry and Cancer Biology,
School of Medicine
Phone: 615.327.6486
Email: aramesh@mmc.edu
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Mohammad Tabatabai, PhD
Professor, Biostatistics, Graduate Studies and Research
Phone: 615.327.6622
Email: mtabatabai@mmc.edu
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Michael J. Paul, MPH
Program Coordinator,
National Center for Medical Education Development and Research
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Phone: 615.327.6037
E-mail: mpaul@mmc.edu


Leandro Mena, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine,
Infectious Diseases at UMMC
Phone: 601-984-5560
E-mail: lmena@umc.edu
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  Beth Shinn, PhD
Professor of Human and Organizational Development
Vanderbilt University, Peabody College #90
Phone: 615-322-8735
Email: beth.shinn@vanderbilt.edu
  Thomas A. Arcury, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair for Research,
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Director, Center for Worker Health
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Phone: 336-716-9438
E-mail: tarcury@wakehealth.edu
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National Partners
Fenway Institute

The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The Education Center is a part of The Fenway Institute, the research, training, and health policy division of Fenway Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and one of the world’s largest LGBT-focused health centers.

National Healthcare for the Homeless Council

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC)  is a network of more than 10,000 doctors, nurses, social workers, patients, and advocates who share the mission to eliminate homelessness. Since 1986 NHCHC  have been the leading organization to call for comprehensive health care and secure housing for all. NHCHC produces leading research in the field and provide the highest level of training and resources related to care for persons experiencing homelessness. NHCHC collaborates with government agencies and private institutions in order to solve complex problems associated with homelessness. Additionally, NCHCH provide support to more than 200 public health centers and Health Care for the Homeless programs in all 50 states.

Migrant Clinician’s Network

Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that creates practical solutions at the intersection of poverty, migration, and health. MCN provides support, technical assistance, and professional development to clinicians in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and other health care delivery sites, and provides virtual case management directly to patients who may otherwise be lost to follow-up because of their need to move. MCN aims to enable clinicians to provide quality health care, increased access, and reduced disparities for people who need ongoing care but are experiencing outside forces that are exacerbating their vulnerability.  MCN directly serve anyone with an ongoing health need who, because of their vulnerabilities, may be lost to follow-up as a result of the choice to migrate or forced displacement, from temporary, migrant, and year-round farmworkers and dairy workers, to people forced from their homes after a climate disaster or fleeing from disease, violence, or economic instability in their hometowns.

University of Kentucky College of Medicine

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine, which was founded in 1960, provides innovative, high-quality education through its nationally recognized curriculum, emphasizing early clinical experiences, continuity as a guiding principle, integration of the basic and clinical sciences, and innovative teaching and learning methods such as small-group tutorials, standardized patients, computer-assisted instruction, clinical training models, and interactive lectures and laboratory exercises. The College of Medicine promotes a diverse and inclusive environment that provides excellence in education, equitable health care, and transformative research to improve the health and wellness of Kentuckians and beyond. The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is a national leader in solving the challenges in health care through transdisciplinary and transformational research, education, and advanced clinical care.

Community Partners

Downtown Women’s Center

The Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) is the only organization in Los Angeles focused exclusively on serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless women.We envision a Los Angeles with every woman housed and on a path to personal stability. Our mission is to end homelessness for women in greater Los Angeles through housing, wellness, employment, and advocacy.

Greater Than AIDS

Greater Than AIDS is a leading public information response focused on the U.S. domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, in particular communities and people most affected. Its detailed website provides information and local referrals to testing, PrEP and treatment services. With more than 600,000 followers and growing daily, Greater Than AIDS on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube is one of the largest social media communities on the domestic epidemic and a go-to destination for those looking to find – and offer – advice and support. Through targeted media messages and community outreach, Greater Than AIDS and its partners work to increase knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS and confront the stigma surrounding the disease, while promoting actions to stem its spread. Campaigns are tailored to the needs of specific communities with local tags and referrals.


Street Works is one of Tennessee’s leading HIV service organizations, providing free, confidential HIV testing and supportive services to persons living with HIV disease in the Nashville/Middle Tennessee area since 1997. Street Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which receives state, local, and federal funding to provide the following services: prevention, education, HIV and Hepatitis C testing, Medical Case Management, Housing Case Management, Nutritional Services, Emergency Financial Assistance and Early Intervention Services. Street Works Prevention Staff work the streets at night to prevent and reduce HIV disease and STIs on the inner city streets of Nashville. Our motto is: “We doze but we never close.” As an organization, we uphold this motto to be there for our community no matter what the time or place.

MashUp! Nashville

The nonprofit MashUp! Nashville is committed to elevating HIV prevention resource allocation through research, trainings, and evidence-based solutions that improve and strengthen the lives of African American gay and bisexual men (AMSM) in Middle Tennessee that are impacted and affected by HIV/AIDS.

National Community Mapping Institute

The National Community Mapping Institute (NCMI) is a unit of the Health Disparities Research Center of Excellence (HDRCOE) at Meharry Medical College. Community Mapping is a tool that uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to generate maps to tell a story about what is happening in our communities. The communitymappingforhealthequity.org website was created to provide concerned persons with easy access to maps which can help: visualize health disparities experienced by racial/ethnic minority groups and other medically underserved populations; better understand the relationships between environmental exposures and health disparities; and provide access to maps, data and tools which can be used to promote community-level interventions.

CWPCMH Training Program

The College-wide Patient Centered Medical Home is a HRSA funded program to develop the infrastructure for training all 420 medical students, 200 dental students and 72 residents (18 family medicine/45 medicine/9 general practice) across both the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry at Meharry Medical College in a patient centered medical home (PCMH) framework and an inter-professional curriculum.