Health Career Pathways

An initiative of the TN AHEC program is the creation of High School to Practice Pathways (HSPPs) in each of the three regions of the state. An HSPP will be a continuous health career pathway comprised of at least one high school, college, and health professions program.


HSPP partnerships will be established to increase the number of rural and urban underrepresented minority and educationally disadvantaged students (RUUMEDS) who enter primary healthcare professions in west, central, and east Tennessee. » read more...

The Central TN Program Office at Meharry works closely with the Director of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Wellness Project at Meharry and the HBCU Wellness coordinators at the affiliated institutions including LeMoyne-Owen College (Memphis, TN), Lane College (Jackson, TN), and Fisk University (Nashville, TN) to establish an HOSA Future Health Professionals (HOSA-FHP) chapter at each of these academic institutions. The Program Coordinator for the TN AHEC at Meharry University has worked closely with an Associate Professor in the College of Health Sciences at Tennessee State University (Nashville, TN) to establish an HOSA-FHP chapter at the university as well.

The HSPP builds on the HOSA mission of enhancing the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill, and leadership development for future health professionals. By linking high school and college HOSA chapters, the AHEC program will provide continuous exposure, academic support, and mentoring for underrepresented students interested in health professions careers, beginning in high school and college and continuing through placement in a practice in a rural or urban medically underserved area (RUMUA).

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» HOSA Future Health Professional Chapters Established at High Schools «

Central Tennessee

West Tennessee

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» HOSA Future Health Professional Chapters Established at HBCUs «

  • Tennessee State University – Nashville, TN
    Elizabeth Brown, PhD, MSPH, CHES – HOSA Advisor
    Associate Professor
    College of Health Sciences
    Department of Public Health, Health Administration, and Health Sciences

  • LeMoyne-Owen College – Memphis, TN
    Mekel Richardson, PhD – HOSA Co-Advisor
    Assistant Professor of Biology

    Calverta H. McMorris, EdD – HOSA Co-Advisor
    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Coordinator CHOICES Matter Physical Activity Grant

  • Fisk University – Nashville, TN
    Phyllis Freeman, PhD – HOSA Advisor
    Associate Professor of Biology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology
    Coordinator, Biology
    Advisor, Freshman and Pre-Health Careers Organization
    Site Coordinator, Fisk-Meharry BS / MD

    Department of Life and Physical Sciences

  • Lane College – Jackson, TN
    Fisher Smith – HOSA Advisor
    Director of Campus Life / HBCU Wellness Project

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