Here is a compilation of resources that should prove to be helpful

» Career Exploration...

click here to close

» Continuing Education...

The statewide Tennessee Area Health Education Center provides interdisciplinary/interdisciplinary continuing education for health professionals, including the disciplines of medicine, dentistry, public health, behavioral and allied health. The goal is to develop and maintain a health care workforce that is prepared to deliver high quality care in a transforming health care delivery system with special emphasis on rural and urban medically underserved areas. Continuing education offerings are provided on an congoing basis on cutting edge topics including, but not limited to integrated behavioral health, addiction medicine, opioid treatment, patient-centered medical home/practice transformation, inter-professional education, social determinants of health, cultural competence, and current emerging issues. These opportunities for AHEC Scholars, faculty, staff, and others to develop professionally are provided in partners with internal and external partners, including the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program, the College-Wide Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative at Meharry, the Rural Health Association of Tennessee, the Tennessee Primary Care Association. A series of trainings promoted as the Integrated Care Training are offered through Cherokee Health Systems in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Cherokee Health Systems, Integrated Care Training Academy

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School

National Health Care for the Homeless Council Webinars

Rural Health Association of Tennessee Events

Tennessee Primary Care Association Event Calendar

Tennessee Charitable Care Network Events

Tennessee Hospital Association Events & Education

Meharry Grand Rounds

» Healthcare Data & Information...

click here to close

Meharry Data Science Center is a historic development in the treatment and care of minority populations and the poor. It allows healthcare practitioners, researchers, and students to review medical and dental records and gain insight into medical, social, and environmental issues and trends to use in treating patients.

» Loan Repayment...

  • National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program recruits and retains medical, nursing, dental, and behavioral/mental health clinicians in eligible communities of need designated as health professional shortage areas. The NHSC LRP offers tax-free loan repayment assistance to support qualified health care practitioners who choose to practice in medically underserved areas. Click the link above for additional information and download additional information.
  • The Tennessee State Loan Repayment Program provides funding for the repayment of outstanding educational loans in exchange for providing primary health care services in a Health Professional Shortage Area (Area) for a minimum service commitment.

click here to close

» Partner Organizations...

click here to close

Meharry Medical College – Academic Units for Primary Care Training and Enhancement (AU-PCTE) Grant.  The focus of the AU-PCTE grant is to transform primary care training and clinical practice to improve the quality of health for vulnerable populations.   Vulnerable populations are defined as lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ), persons experiencing homelessness, and migrant farm workers.  The AU-PCTE utilizes a systems-level research framework to identify and evaluate primary care interventions targeting vulnerable populations in order to be effective in transforming primary care training and clinical practice. AU-PCTE envisions enhancing primary care training for health care professions in improving the quality of health for vulnerable populations. The TN Model AHEC Program staff provides technical assistance, support, and resources for the AU-PCTE grant.

National Center for Medical Education Development and Research (NCMEDR)The goals of the NCMEDR are to 1) conduct systems-level research of evidence-based interventions for vulnerable populations to inform primary care training; 2) disseminate best practices and resources to primary care providers and trainees across the mid-South to improve clinical outcomes; and 3) establish a community of practice (CoP) that will promote the widespread enhancement and development of a diverse primary care workforce that will produce better outcomes for LGBTQ homeless, and migrant worker populations.  The CoP will assist the center in identifying and providing curriculum transformation and innovation.

Meharry Substance Abuse Planning Group.  The purposes of planning group are to bring together persons engaged or interested in research, training and science around substance use and misuse; to discuss ideas and strategies to support the accomplishments of program goals and objectives; and to identify opportunities to enhance communication and collaboration in order to improve performance and eliminate any overlap or duplication of efforts.

College-Wide Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Steering Committee.  TN Model AHEC Program Director and Coordinator at Meharry serve on the Steering Committee – which focuses on developing the infrastructure for training all students in the primary care departments in medicine and general dentistry, as well as the residents across both schools at MMC, on the concepts of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model.  This comprehensive care delivery model is designed to improve the quality of care to patients.  The elements of the PCMH include patient safety and improved quality of care, coordinated care and integration, comprehensive (whole person) care, personal physicians, enhanced access, team-based care, and value- based payment.  The goal of the College-Wide PCMH Training Program is to create an infrastructure that transforms the existing curriculum in the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, through the integration of the PCMH model. This training program is designed for medical students, dental students and residents to develop an understanding of the knowledge and skills essential in preparing for work in an integrated PCMH practice setting. The PCMH model will be incorporated in the current learning and training experience of students and residents, using an interprofessional curriculum with modules that focus on providing high quality, coordinated, patient-centered care. Students and residents will be given the opportunity to reinforce what they learn by practicing in clinical setting. The objective is to implement the PCMH modules across all schools at Meharry Medical College, with the ultimate goal of improving health outcomes for the vulnerable population we serve.

Integrated Behavioral Health Training Academy. The TN statewide AHEC provides inter-disciplinary/interprofessional continuing education for health professionals, including primary care medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, behavioral health, and allied health disciplines, and others. The series of training are promoted as the Integrated Behavioral Health Care Training Academy in collaboration with the East TN Regional AHEC at Cherokee Health Systems in Knoxville, TN. A monthly schedule of CME activities conducted by the TN Model AHEC will be developed and disseminated through each of the three regional AHECs.

Achievement Coalition for STEM Success (ACSS) at Meharry.  The Science Consortium of Minority Schools (SCMS) was established to create an achievement coalition for STEM success.  The technical support and services provided by the Science Consortium of Minority Schools (SCMS) will enhance the curriculum and the programs offered at Lane College, Tennessee State University, LeMoyne-Owen College and Paine College.  The goal of the SCMS is to increase the number of African-American students, especially women who enroll, graduate, and select careers in science and engineering fields. The SCMS is led by Meharry Medical College in partnership with Fisk University. The four minority institutions along with the lead institutions were selected based on their long-term track-record for implementing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) undergraduate, advance degree and summer programs. Each of these colleges and universities has the potential of contributing to the nation’s diverse pool of STEM professionals. This new Consortium will enhance each institution’s effort to recruit, enroll, and graduate a competitive pool of students with degrees in science and engineering. The collaboration under this Consortium will provide a pathway for coordinating STEM summer sessions, share faculty and provide students with more access to scholarships, fellowships, mentors, and courses in science and engineering.

Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program at Meharry. BHWET places special emphasis on establishing internships or field placement programs in behavioral health which includes interdisciplinary training for students, faculty, and field supervisors.  The focus is on providing quality behavioral health services to communities in need. The Program Director for the BHWET Program and the Coordinator for TN AHEC works collaboratively on a number of initiatives involving workforce development, affiliation agreements with trainings sites for medical students and residents, and continuing education offerings. Program Coordinator for the TN AHEC Program participates in Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Integrated Health Team meetings.  In collaboration with the BHWET Program, the TN AHEC Program Coordinator at Meharry promotes trainings through the BHWET Inter-professional Integrated Health Education Series.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciencesutilizes an integrated approach for education, training, and research to meet the needs of underserved and disadvantaged populations for mental health and psychiatric services.  This approach serves three purposes:

1) Provide mental health services, 2) Train mental health care professionals to render services, and 3) Conduct research that address mental health and psychiatric services.  The Program Coordinator for the TN AHEC Program at Meharry attends grand rounds sponsored by the department and shares this information with the regional AHEC Coordinators to disseminate to the AHEC Scholars in their respective regions.

Clinical Simulation Lab at Meharry Medical College.  The Pamela C. Williams, M.D., Simulation and Clinical Skills Center is an 8,000-square-foot facility used for the simulation of medical procedures such as operations, medical examinations, and deliveries of babies. The state-of-the-art facility offers a new training experience for medical students to gain hands on experience as they replicate medical procedures in a controlled and stress-free environment. Simulators help students learn important skills such as team-building, critical-thinking, decision-making, and how to perform under pressure. The Pamela C. Williams, M.D., Simulation and Clinical Skills Center allows medical students to simulate situations that range from routine medical check-ups to complicated surgeries, all performed on life-like manikins.

The National Area Health Education Center Organization. The NAO represents a network of more than 300 AHEC program offices and centers nationwide.  NAO helps members achieve the AHEC mission through advocacy, education, and research. As a member organization, TN AHEC will have the opportunity to receive peer support from AHEC colleagues across the country on best practices, technical assistance, fund development, public policy and advocacy; to collaborate, educate, and strengthen partnerships at the local, regional, and national levels through attendance at annual meetings and conferences; gain access to the NAO’s website, web-based tools, and resources, receive weekly updates and newsletters, and be able to attend conferences at a discounted rate. \

Tennessee Primary Care Association (TPCA). TPCA improves access to primary health care through leadership, advocacy and support as the voice of Community Health Center.  TPCA has a fundamental commitment to maximizing access to health services for all Tennesseans with emphasis on the working poor, the uninsured, TennCare patients, and others that in need. The members of the Association are Tennessee’s federally-funded health centers, primary health care clinics serving the underserved throughout the state, health professions schools, health care consultants, and interested individuals.  The TN Area Health Education Center is a member of the Association. As a member of the association, Meharry/TN AHEC has the opportunity to network with peers, build relationships with elected officials and leaders, and participate in advocacy and training, receive information on the latest developments in primary health care and health care for the underserved through a variety of means (e.g., newsletter, email); attend TPCA’s annual conferences which brings together clinicians, administrators, board members, financial managers, support staff and anyone interested in primary health care to the underserved to attend workshops and meet like-minded individuals.

Tennessee Charitable Care Network.  The Tennessee Charitable Care Network (TCCN) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization focused on improving the health and well-being of the uninsured and underinsured in Tennessee.  TCCN’s members are non-profit charitable clinics and programs that provide free or reduced cost health care services to uninsured and underinsured Tennesseans.  Membership in the network allows TN AHEC to access to critical resources that address the complex medical challenges of low-income patients who have nowhere else to turn.  These resources include notification of grant funding opportunities; access to the member-only section of TCCN’s website; periodic free webinars, education and technical assistance and materials; newsletters containing news announcements and information of general interest to members; advocacy and government relations information on legislation/regulatory matters; discounted registration at annual conferences and spring symposiums; periodic free webinars on topics of interest, and the opportunity to engage in strategic conversations  with health care leaders on best practices and promising on relevant health care issues and concerns.

Rural Health Association of Tennessee (RHA of TN). RHA of TN is a non-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization of individuals and organizations committed to improving the health of rural Tennesseans through advocacy, communication, education, and legislation.  RHA of TN has worked to effect positive change in the health and well-being of all rural people in Tennessee through proactive involvement of its members, other organizations, and policymakers in identifying and resolving rural health care issues and concerns.  The RHA of TN is the only group in Tennessee that specifically and exclusively focuses on Tennessee’s rural citizens – advocating and educating on rural health issues, including rural access to health care, substance abuse, special populations, mental/behavioral health, health professions education, health promotion/disease prevention, oral health, and rural emergency preparedness. RHA of TN allows four staff to enroll as members of the association, access to member-only trainings, discounted rate at conferences and meetings, and leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communication, and legislation, as well as an opportunity to network with colleagues and stakeholders across the state. The Program Coordinator of TN AHEC attends events hosted by the RHA of TN and participates in committee meetings.

Tennessee Hospital Association.  THA was established in 1938 as a not-for-profit membership association, to serve as an advocate for hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations and the patients they serve. The Association also provides education and information for its members, and informs the public about hospitals and healthcare issues at the state and national levels. THA is the premiere organization in Tennessee that promotes and represents the interests of all hospitals and health systems. The Association also operates three subsidiary organizations to further support the work of THA and its members. The Tennessee Hospital Education and Research Foundation (THERF) is the educational arm of the Association. THA operates several businesses through THA Center for Innovative Solutions (TCIS), the association’s tax-paying corporation.  The Tennessee Center for Health Workforce Development (TCWD) is another THA subsidiary. TCWD seeks to improve the health of Tennesseans by guiding healthcare workforce development. TCWD’s programs include: recruiting and placing physicians and psychiatric nurse practitioners in shortage areas, providing money to medical residents in exchange for a commitment to serve, up to $30,000 available to hospitals and health centers to attract qualified caregivers, matching medical residents with rural rotations, addressing the issues that cause nurses to leave hospital-based employment and educating Tennessee students about the healthcare professions.

Tennessee Department of Health, State offices of Rural Health, State Loan Repayment, Recruitment and Retention, and Minority Health and Health Disparities. Tennessee Office of Rural Health (TORH).  The Tennessee Department of Health/Office of Rural Health works to improve and enhance the accessibility, availability and affordability of quality healthcare in Tennessee by creating a central focus and coordination of rural healthcare resources.  TORH is responsible for coordinating statewide activities related to rural health and supports the recruitment and retention of health professionals in urban areas.  The TORH is also responsible for publishing the annual TN Health Access Plan Update, administering the National Health Service Corps Program, administering the J-1 Visa Waiver Program and the Conrad 30 Program, staffing the Rural Health Information website, developing rural health initiatives, providing technical assistance for Rural Health Outreach Grants, recommending designations for federal Health Professional Shortage Areas, partnering with communities, institutions and associations to advance rural health, and participating in the Cooperative Agreement with the federal Bureau of Primary Health Care. The Department of Minority Health and Disparities Elimination. The Office of Minority Health and Disparities Elimination’s (OMHDE) mission is to promote health policies, programs, and services designed to improve health and quality of life by preventing and controlling the disproportionate burden of disease, injury, and disability among disparate populations, particularly racial and ethnic minorities.  The OMHDE seeks to empower communities to support optimal health for all and to eliminate disparities for racial, ethnic and underserved populations.  OMHDE strategic priorities are: Health in All Policies, Capacity Building, Partner Engagement, Alignment and Coordination, and Monitoring and Improved Performance. 

HBCU Wellness Project at Meharry Medical College.  The HBCU Wellness Project targets undergraduate college students at three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the state of Tennessee.  Fisk University, Nashville, TN; Lane College, Jackson, TN; and LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, TN.  The primary goal of the program is to develop and prepare a college pipeline of students from underrepresented populations interested in health professions.  Students accepted into the program are expected to develop, conduct, and evaluate the impact of a student directed and implemented, community health service-learning project that targets health disparities in underserved communities and exposes them to health related professions in medicine, dentistry, public health, nursing, and pharmacy,  Every year, the program hosts a summer program in which students receive intensive training in the areas of behavioral health, social determinants of health, cultural competency, and current and emerging health issues.  Students receive 96 hours of training, including at least 20 hours of didactic education.  The TN ACHEC program has worked closely with the HBCU Wellness Program for the past ten years to promote interest among student health ambassadors to pursue careers in health. The Program Coordinator for the AHEC Program at Meharry regularly attends staff meetings.

Meharry Office of Lifelong Learning. The Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL) certifies continuing education activities and jointly sponsored activities in accordance with guidelines and standards put forth by the Accreditation Council for Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Dental Association’s Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP). The Office of Lifelong Learning provides high-quality continuing education programs including workshops, lectures, conferences, symposiums, and other continuing education activities.  The Coordinator for the TN AHEC Program will work collaboratively with the Director of the OLL to ensure continuing education credits are available for those attending educational and training opportunities at Meharry.

Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN) a fellow Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grantee – Initiative for Behavioral Health Integration. The Program Coordinator for the TN Model AHEC Program at Meharry and the Central TN AHEC Coordinator attend events sponsored by Lipscomb University and seek to recruit students enrolled in graduate level social work and psychology programs at Lipscomb University for the AHEC Scholars Program.

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council.  The National HCH is a membership organization uniting thousands of healthcare professions, people who lived experiences of homelessness, and advocates in homeless health care.  The mission of the National HCH for the Homeless Council is to eliminate homelessness by ensuring comprehensive health care and securing housing for everyone.  The Council provides technical assistance from peer experts and national, state, and local-level training to health centers and other safety net programs, and others. The National HCH Council provides training and technical assistance to existing and potential Health Care for the Homeless programs that serve special population of individuals experiencing homelessness.  The TN Model AHEC Program staff, regional AHEC Coordinators and supporting staff, and AHEC Scholars have utilized the resources of the National HCH Council and participated in educational (e.g., training and webinars) opportunities provided.

Christ Community Health Services (Memphis, TN). Christ Community Health Services is a nonprofit organization (FQHC) that serves the medically underserved and member of the Tennessee Primary Care Association.  Christ Community will assist the West TN Regional Coordinator in recruiting health professions students for the AHEC Scholars Program.

The Tennessee Interprofessional Practice and Education Consortium. The mission of the TIPEC is to facilitate interprofessional, team-based approach to health among the state’s health and health profession educators, students, professionals/practitioners and agencies. The Tennessee Interprofessional Practice and Education Consortium is made up of over 65 individuals who represent 23 different health professions. The AHEC Coordinator at Meharry is a member of the consortium.

HOSA-Future Health Professionals.  The Tennessee Department of Education, HOSA-FHP is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education to increase awareness and support students interested in careers in health.  HOSA supports chapters at local middle schools, high schools, and colleges and universities to promote career opportunities in the health professions in order to enhance the delivery of quality health care for all.  HOSA provides students with opportunities to make well informed career choice among the many health occupations and creates a structure to support students through their journey.  HOSA helps participants develop an understanding of current health care issues and a broader awareness of health careers and health career opportunities through classroom academics, mentoring, and annual, regional and statewide conferences.

BS/MD Program.  The Meharry BS/MD program provides guaranteed conditional acceptance into medical school for students from Fisk and Tennessee State University (and eight other HBCUs across the southeast) who are accepted into the program, complete required activities and maintain required GPA and MCAT scores.  Acceptance into the BS/MD program occurs early in the second semester of the first year of undergraduate education.  Students who have strong ACT scores from their high school and maintain that academic excellence with a minimum GPA of 3.2 during the first semester are eligible to apply for the program.  There is a two-stage application process.  The first stage of the application includes submitting a personal statement, transcript, and program application. These materials are submitted in early January of the second semester of a student’s first year of college.  Students selected for further consideration are requested to complete the second stage, which requires submission of three faculty letters of recommendation and a personal statement.  Acceptance to Meharry School of Medicine requires that the student maintain a GPA of at least 3.4 in the sciences and obtains a minimum MCAT score of 24.  

Three-Plus-Four Year Program (Accelerated Bachelors-to-Doctoral Degree Program). The College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS) at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) implemented the Medical School Early Acceptance Program (MSEAP), formed by a partnership with Meharry Medical College School of Medicine (MMCSOM).  The purpose of the program is to increase the number of primary care physicians, while serving the medically underserved populations as well as assisting with alleviating health care disparities in rural Tennessee. MSEAP is a seven-year early medical acceptance program restricted to incoming freshmen that begins with acceptance into the program as an undergraduate at MTSU and concludes with graduation from Meharry Medical College.  The program consists of three years of study in a prescribed undergraduate premedical school curriculum and four years of medical school study. Upon matriculation into the program, students receive conditional acceptance to MMCSOM. This unique collaboration between private and public institutions is to develop an accelerated pathway for talented students to graduate as physicians and serve in rural areas of the state. The accelerated bachelors-to-doctoral degree program will allow students to enter MTSU as undergraduates and then matriculate at Meharry for a medical education, and earning degrees from both institutions.  The program aims to address the increasing shortage of primary care doctors in the state and to improve the overall health of Tennesseans. 

Meharry Health Careers Leadership Academy (SEPA).  SEPA was established in 2010 in partnership with the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to enhance secondary schools Health Sciences Careers programs and to increase the number and diversity of students progressing to post-secondary training in health centers.  Each of the eight (8) MNPS high schools that are identified as Health Academies currently have HOSA chapters.  The SEPA program provides ninth grade students with opportunities to test their ingenuity in developing solutions for real world programs while 10th– 12th grade students are provided opportunities to gain confidence and experience working alongside MMC physicians, dentists, researchers, and students in providing health education and screening services to medically underserved populations in community settings.  Through the SEPA program, Meharry faculty train high school student teachers to teach students from the MNPS Health Career Academies to develop curricula that are responsive to the transformation of the health care system, culturally sensitive to the educational needs of underrepresented minorities, and incorporate the most appropriate up-to-date health research and practice information.

 East Tennessee State University (ETSU).  ETSU, founded in 1911 as East Tennessee Normal School, is a public university, located in the southern Appalachian region. For over 100 years, ETSU students, alumni, faculty and staff have led to advances in health care, education, the arts, business and technology and the humanities.  The main campus is located in Johnson City, Tennessee.  Other locations include the Kingsport Campus in Kingsport, Tennessee and the VA Campus in Johnson City, Tennessee. ETSU offers students a total university experience that includes cultural and artistic programs, diverse student activities, a variety of residential opportunities, and outstanding recreational and intercollegiate athletic programs.  The university awards degrees in over one hundred baccalaureate, master, and doctoral programs, including distinctive interdisciplinary programs and distance education offerings that serve students from the region and beyond.  Programs are offered through the Colleges of Pharmacy, Arts and Sciences, Clinical and Rehabilitative Services, Business and Technology, Education, Medicine, Nursing, Public and Allied Health, and the Schools of Continuing Studies ad Academic Outreach and Graduate Studies.  ETSU provides a student-centered community of learning, reflecting high standards and promoting a balance of liberal arts and professional preparation, and continuous improvement. The university conducts a wide array of educational and research programs and clinical services including a comprehensive Academic Health Sciences Center. Education is the university’s highest priority, and the institution is committed to increasing the level of educational attainment in the state and region. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  ETSU has over 14,500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled. 

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU).  LMU is a private, four-year co-educational liberal arts college located in Harrogate (Claiborne County), Tennessee.  LMU was founded in 1897 as a living memorial to Abraham Lincoln and as a great university for the people of the Cumberland Gap, where Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia merge.  LMU has over 30 academic majors and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masters’ educational specialist and doctoral degrees.  LMU offers a relevant curriculum for the 21st century in business, humanities, arts and sciences, education, and health professions. The liberal arts and sciences programs offer students a broad preparation for selected majors and programs of professional study Approximately 1,699 undergraduate students are enrolled at LMU.  AHEC Scholars were invited to participate in a virtual training sponsored by LMU.  The East TN Regional AHEC Coordinator is expected to recruit potential AHEC Scholars enrolled in health professions program at the institution.

Trezevant Career and Technical School (Memphis, TN).  We are committed to inspiring broad ownership and innovation towards advancing a model of transformation that increases student learning equitably and prepares every student to be globally competitive.  Trezevant High School empowers our students with the knowledge, character and experiences to achieve in college and beyond.

Memphis Business Academy (Memphis, TN) – The mission of the Memphis Business Academy is to ensure high academic achievement of students from the Frayser/Raleigh area and to help them to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will enable them to be successful in school and beyond. The Academy is dedicated to the high-quality teaching of mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts with a focus on business, entrepreneurship, and financial responsibility. Through the implementation of innovative and effective instructional models, the school will meet state and national standards while developing independent and critical thinkers who possess the communication skills and quantitative literacy necessary to be successful in a high tech, global society. The West TN Regional AHEC Coordinator will assist Memphis Business Academy health scient staff with establishing a HOSA chapter at the high school. 

The University of Memphis (Memphis, TN) The UofM is a major research institution founded in 1912. UofM welcomes more than 21,000 students to campus every year. Diversity is one of our strengths. Students and faculty come from all over the world to be a part of the UofM experience. The campus boasts 25 Chairs of Excellence and five state-approved Centers of Excellence. The West TN AHEC Regional Coordinator continues to build relationships with the health professions programs in an effort to recruit students for the AHEC Scholars Program.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis, TN). The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is a public medical school in Memphis, Tennessee. It includes the Colleges of Health Professions, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy. Since 1911, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has educated nearly 57,000 health care professionals. As of 2010, US News and World Report ranked the College of Pharmacy 17th among American pharmacy schools. UTHSC offers four undergraduate and more than 30 graduate or professional degrees, and has more than 50 endowed professorships, including 19 Chairs of Excellence. UTHSC has over 3,000 students in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville and over 1,300 residents and fellows training in 87 ACGME programs. The West TN AHEC Regional Coordinator continues to build relationships with the health professions programs in an effort to recruit students for the AHEC Scholars Program.

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN).  Vanderbilt University is a private research institution offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. Top-ranked in both academics and financial aid, Vanderbilt offers an immersive living–learning undergraduate experience, with programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development. The university also is home to nationally and internationally recognized graduate schools of law, education, business, medicine, nursing and divinity, and offers robust graduate-degree programs across a range of disciplines. The Central TN AHEC Regional Coordinator continues to build relationships with the health professions programs in an effort to recruit students for the AHEC Scholars Program.

Fisk University. Fisk University is a historically black university, founded in 1866, and is the oldest institution of higher learning in Nashville, Tennessee.  Fisk University has played a leading role in the education of African Americans.  Its curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts.  The faculty and administrators emphasize the discovery and advancement of knowledge through research in the natural and social sciences, business and humanities.  Fisk University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.), and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees. There are over 50 student groups and organizations on campus, and that number keeps expanding because students are encouraged to start new clubs and organizations every year. From its founding in 1866, academic excellence has been the hallmark of Fisk University, one of the foremost research and teaching universities in the United States. Fisk University offers its students an exceptional curriculum and dynamic learning and mentoring experiences with an award-winning, professionally renowned faculty. Approximately 700 students are enrolled at the university.

Tennessee State University (TSU).  Tennessee State University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, founded in 1912 as a public land-grant university.  Tennessee State University is the largest and only state-funded historically black university in Tennessee.  TSU is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, institution offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. The university’s main campus is located in a residential neighborhood in North Nashville, near the Cumberland River.  The Avon Williams campus is located in the heart of the city, near the center of Nashville’s business and government district.  Tennessee State University offers 77 majors in eight undergraduate and graduate colleges and schools; arts and sciences; business; education; engineering, technology and computer science; health sciences; public service and urban affairs; agriculture and consumer sciences; and nursing, 38 undergraduate degrees, 24 graduate degrees, two associate degrees, and seven doctoral degrees.  Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools More than 100 student clubs, organizations, club sports and intramural teams exists at the university.  Tennessee State University has approximately 7,073 undergraduate and 1,954 graduate students. The Central TN AHEC Regional Coordinator continues to build relationships with the health professions programs in an effort to recruit students for the AHEC Scholars Program

Lane College.  Lane College is a historically black college, founded in 1882 by Bishop Isaac Lane of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Jackson, Tennessee.  Lane College is a private four-year, co-educational, church related institution that provides a liberal arts curriculum leading to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences.  Lane College played a significant role in reducing the state of illiteracy among Blacks in the South.  The mission of Lane College is to develop the “whole student.”  The faculty and staff employ a collaborative approach to establishing a revived culture of student-centered, technology enhanced teaching and learning.  The college offers creative and enriching academic programs to prepare students for their chosen professions and encourages active student engagement to cultivate life-long learning. Lane College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Lane College offers an array of academic and professional student organizations to stimulate the interest and participation of the student body. Currently, there are approximately 1,500 undergraduate students enrolled.

LeMoyne-Owen College “LOC” or simply “LeMoyne.” LOC is a historically black college, formed in 1968 through the merger of LeMoyne College and Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee.  These two institutions had rich traditions as private, church-related colleges that had historically served Black students. The merger of Owen and LeMoyne Colleges joined two religious traditions at the same time that it reinforced the institutions shared purpose of combining a liberal arts education with career training in a Christian setting.  The college was founded and developed to provide higher education to students in the Mid-South area.  LOC’s mission aims to delivers a transformative experience, educating students for a lifetime of scholarship, leadership, and service through liberal arts, career, and professional studies.  LOC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and associate degrees.  There are a number of academic and professional student organizations.  Currently, there are approximately 959 undergraduate students enrolled.

Belmont University (Nashville, TN).  Belmont University is a private, four-year university.  The university brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service.  Enrollment is over 8,400 students who represent every state and more than 36 countries. The University’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs. The Central TN AHEC Regional Coordinator continues to build relationships with the health professions programs in an effort to recruit students for the AHEC Scholars Program.

The University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN). Since 1897, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Founded in 1794, UT is big on tradition, and proud of its humble beginnings as the first public university chartered west of the Appalachian Divide. The East TN AHEC Regional Coordinator continues to build relationships with the health professions programs in an effort to recruit students for the AHEC Scholars Program.

The University of Tennessee (Chattanooga, TN). The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a national model for metropolitan universities. In collaboration with our many regional partners, UT Chattanooga offers an experiential learning environment with outstanding teaching scholars in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. The East TN AHEC Regional Coordinator continues to build relationships with the health professions programs in an effort to recruit students for the AHEC Scholars Program.

Academies of Nashville. College and Career prep for the 12 largest high schools in Metro Nashville.  Students obtain access to early college credit, certifications, and advanced classes. Recognized by the White House as a national high school transformation model, the Academies of Nashville provide students with one of the best colleges and career prep experiences in the nation. Students have a choice of 36 different academies within the largest 12 neighborhood high schools offering a practical, hands-on approach to learning in fields that interest them ranging from engineering to healthcare. The Academies empower students through career exposure so they can make timely, informed decisions and discover their true passions while earning early college credit and nationally recognized industry certifications. General education content is taught through the lens of their academy while more than 350 business and community partners provide authentic experiential learning opportunities at every level. The Academies enable students to learn through the lens of a career or academic theme in a highly personalized learning community. Through their academy, students are exposed to a multitude of careers and opportunities, industry skills, and potential employers by way of classroom speakers, site visits, job shadowing and internships. The Academies of Nashville fall within five broad career groupings: (1) Arts, Media & Communications; (2) Business, Marketing & Information Technology; (3) Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology; (4) Health and Public Services and (5) Hospitality & Tourism. TN AHEC Program staff work partner with the health academies at

  • Pearl Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School (Nashville, TN). – Grades 9-12
  • Hillwood High School Academy of Health Sciences (Nashville, TN). -Grades 9-12
  • Hillsboro High School – Hillsboro High School is a comprehensive high school in Nashville, Tennessee. Established in 1939, the school is one of fifteen high schools in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. The school offers the IB Diploma Programme. (Grades 9-12)
  • Overton High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Maplewood High School (Grades 9-12)

Southeast AHEC Learning Collaborative. The purpose of the Southeast AHEC Learning Collaborative is to share resources, best practices, evaluation tools, learning objectives, and materials with AHEC partnering agencies.

South Carolina AHEC – 2020 South Carolina Virtual Summer Book club. The TN AHEC Scholars at Meharry have a great opportunity to participate in a Virtual Summer Book Club with the South Carolina AHEC Program and their AHEC Scholars.  This Virtual Summer Book Club consists of three facilitated group discussions scheduled on Thursday, July 9, 2020, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, and on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 via WebEx, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. (EST).  The South Carolina AHEC Scholars are reading “Black Man in a White Coat” by Damon Tweedy (  “Black Man in a White Coat” is a New York Times bestseller which highlights Dr. Tweedy’s passion and memoir of his experience as a young black doctor grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans. The group discussions will focus on his thought-provoking memoir and the intersection of race and medicine in America.  Learning objectives of the activity include 1) Explore the challenges facing future and current black health care professionals; 2) Analyze the complex factors which contribute to health care disparities in the black community; and 3) Identify strategies healthcare providers can use to make health care more accessible and inclusive.

Primary Care Training Communities of Practice Collaborative (PCTCoP). The NCMEDR CoP is offering social media training on Twitter for program coordinator and directors through the PCTCoP. This will assist staff in generating momentum with our Twitter page.

Nashville General Hospital at Meharry, School of Health Sciences, Craig Shephard, MS, RT(R), RDMS.Established in 1958, NGH School of Health Sciences, established in 1958, is the only hospital-based school in Middle Tennessee. For the past 60 years, NGH School of Health Sciences has been dedicated to providing students with up-to-date classes that will prepare them to take on a career in health sciences.

1Joshua Group. 1Joshua Group provides global comprehensive management of marketing, meetings, and associations, and educational and promotional activities. 1Joshua Group conducts marketing campaigns to raise professional and consumer interest and awareness; conduct international and domestic educational conferences and seminars attracting delegates from around the world; facilitates strategic planning and stakeholder engagements; builds coalitions and partnerships to influence legislation and policy; and provide management consultation to improve organizational effectiveness.1Joshua Group will assist the Tennessee Area Health Education Centers Program in project management consultation and design, development planning, implementation, and evaluation for the AHEC website. 

Rural Training Track Grant RTT. The purpose of the RTT is to develop two new Family Medicine Residency Rural training track programs within the existing Family Medicine residency that will attract candidates interested in working in East Tennessee and the Mississippi Delta.

Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN) a fellow Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grantee – Initiative for Behavioral Health Integration. The Program Coordinator for the TN Model AHEC Program at Meharry and the Central TN AHEC Coordinator attend events sponsored by Lipscomb University and seek to recruit students enrolled in graduate level social work and psychology programs at Lipscomb University for the AHEC Scholars Program.

Christ Community Health Services (Memphis, TN). Christ Community Health Services is a nonprofit organization (FQHC) that serves the medically underserved and member of the Tennessee Primary Care Association.  Christ Community will assist the West TN Regional Coordinator in recruiting health professions students for the AHEC Scholars Program.

» Publications....

click here to close

» Culture, Language and Health Literacy Tools...

National Office of Minority Health, Cultural and Linguistic Competence

U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, Think Cultural Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Think Cultural Health, National CLAS Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services