Workforce Development

To improve the workforce distribution of health professionals in rural and urban medically underserved areas across Tennessee, the TN AHEC will lead a collaborative effort under the Health Workforce Development Collaborative (HWDC) to develop a more competitive, inter-disciplinary, health professions applicant pool of rural and urban underrepresented minority and educationally disadvantaged students (RUUMEDS) who are interested in practicing in rural and urban medically underserved areas (RUMUAs).


» Health Professions Shortages

  • Demographics
  • Demographics, U.S. Census Bureau General Health Data: Population, Tennessee Department of Health County Profile, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Tennessee HPSA/MUA Data
  • Federal Health Professional Shortage Areas are designations that include health care provider shortages in primary care, dental health, or mental health. Shortage areas are classified as geographic, population, or facility based. Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) and Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs) identify geographic areas and populations that lack access to primary care services. Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) have a shortage of primary care services for residents within a geographic area such as: whole county, group of neighboring counties, group of census tracts, or a group of county or civil divisions. Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs) are specific subgroups of people living in a defined geographic area with a shortage of primary care health services: For example: homeless, low-income, Medicaid-eligible, Native Americans, and migrant farmworkers, Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs)/Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs), August 2019 • Federal Shortage Areas for Primary Care, 2018 • Federal Health Professional Shortage Areas for Dental, 2018 • Federal Primary Care Shortage Areas for Mental, 2018
  • Healthcare Facilities (CMS)
  • Tennessee Primary Care Association Member Health Centers List Tennessee Primary Care Association, Health Center Map Find a Health Center, HRSA Data Warehouse, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Tennessee Charitable Care Network Member Locations and Services by Region TCCN Find a Clinic Map of Tennessee Hospitals, Tennessee Hospital Association Health Care Facilities, Tennessee Department of Health, Hospital Services, Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services Behavioral Health Safety Net Providers, Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services Find a Licensed Facility or Service, Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services Correctional Health Services, Tennessee Department of Correction VA Locations in Tennessee, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Health Center Program Sites
  • National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Sites
  • Health Resources and Services Administration, https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/nhsc-sites/index.html
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» Health Occupations Students of America: MS to Practice

HOSA – Future Health Professionals (HOSA-FHP). 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 and to enhance the delivery of quality health care for all. HOSA provides students with opportunities to make well informed career choices 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. The mission of HOSA is to empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders on the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience.

  • Middle School Chapters
  • High School Chapters
  • Undergraduate Chapters

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» Health Careers Educational Programs

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assistants
  • Public Health
  • Social / Behavioral Health
  • Allied Health

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West Tennessee Region

The University of Tennessee, Health Science Center

College of Medicine
Steve J. Schwab, MD (Interim)
Dean and Chancellor
910 Madison Avenue Building, Ste. 1002
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901.448.5529
Email:  sschwab@uthsc.edu

College of Dentistry
J. Stansill Covington, III, DDS, MD
(Interim Dean)
S102 Dunn Dental Building
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901.448.6202
Email:  scovington@uthsc.edu

College of Nursing
Wendy Likes, PhD, DNSc, FAANP
Dean
920 Madison Ave., Ste. 1045
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901.448.6135
Email:  wlikes@uthsc.edu

College of Graduate Health Sciences
Donald B. Thomason, PhD
Dean
920 Madison Avenue, Ste. 807
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901.448.5538
Email:  dthomason@uthsc.edu

Physician Assistant Program
Stephanie Storgion, MD, FAACP, FCCM
Department Chair, Professor
66 N. Pauline, Ste. 116
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901.448-800
Email:  paprograminfo@uthsc.edu

Health Professions
Stephen E. Alway, PhD, FACSM
Dean
930 Madison Avenue, Ste. 633
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901.448.7951
Email:  salway@uthsc.edu

The University of Memphis

School of Public Health
James G. Gurney, PhD
Dean and Professor
Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Environmental Health
236 A Robison Hall
Memphis, TN 38152
901.678.1673
Email:  jggurney@memphis.edu

Clinical Nutrition Program
School of Health Studies
Tracey Bruen, DCN, RDN, LDN
Clinical Assistant Professor and Director MS Clinical Nutrition
Elma Roane Fieldhouse, Suite 106
495 Zach H. Curlin Street
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: 901.678. 3108
Email:  tracey.bruen@memphis.edu
Email: shs@memphis.edu

Psychology, MS
The Department of Psychology, Graduate Programs
Director: Dr. Melloni N. Cook
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: 901.678.2147
Email:  mcook1@memhpis.edu

Master of Social Work Program
The School of Social Work
Susan Neely-Barnes, PhD
Chair & Director
230 McCord Hall
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: 901.678.3438
Email:  snlybrns@memphis.edu
Program Coordinator: M. Elena Delavega, PhD
232 McCord Hall
Phone: 901.678.3270
Email:  mdlavega@memphis.edu

Loewenberg College of Nursing
Lin Zhan, PhD. RN, FAAN
Nursing Dean and Professor
2502J Community Health Building
4055 N. Park Loop
University of Memphis Park Avenue Campus
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: 901.678.2020
Email:  lzhan@memphis.edu

Christian Brothers University

Physician Assistant Program
Teresa R. Preston, MBA, MPAS, PA-C
Director of Physician Assistant Studies/Associate Professor
650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
901.321.4126
Email:  tpreston@cbu.edu

Bethel University – Tennessee

Physician Assistant Program
Joseph Hames, MD
College of Health Sciences/Associate Professor
302B Tyson Avenue
Paris, TN 38242
731.407.7650
Email:  hamesj@bethelu.edu, paprogram@bethelu.edu

Union University
Master of Nursing
Kelly Harden (Jackson Campus
Dean of the College of Nursing & Health Sciences & Professor of Nursing
WH, 221
Phone: 731.661.5946
Email:  kharden@uu.edu

Cynthia Powers (Union University Germantown/Memphis Campus)
Professor or Nursing & Chair
G-WB 214 C
Phone: 901.312.1955
Email:  cpowers@uu.edu

Union University Pharmacy Program
Sheila Mitchell, PharmD, FASHP
Founding Dean
PH 111
Phone: 731.661.5953
Email:  smitchel@uu.edu

Master of Social Work
Mary Anne Poe
Professor of Social Work, Director, Center for Just Caring; Dean, School of Social Work
Office: BAC 129
Phone: 731.661.5397
Email:  mpoe@uu.edu

» Continuing Education

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  • CME
  • CEU
  • YouTube Channel

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The statewide TN Area Health Education Center will provide inter-disciplinary/inter-professional continuing education for health professionals, including but not limited to the disciplines of primary care medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, behavioral health, and allied health disciplines. Continuing education offerings are in support of AHEC’s mission to improve the supply and distribution of health care professionals with an emphasis on primary care in rural and medically underserved areas throughout Tennessee.

A series of training, known as the Integrated Care Training Academy, are available thorough Cherokee Health Systems in Knoxville, TN.

» Workforce Development Partners

    The HWDC will provide the infrastructure and support for partner organizations to annually assess health workforce development needs and evaluates the effectiveness of coordinated health professions placements and retention activities in reducing the number of health professions shortage areas. The HWDC will conduct continuous health workforce development planning and evaluation activities in each of the three regions of the state.

  • HRSA
  • TPCA
  • TN Hospital Association
  • Rural Health Association of TN
  • TN Office of Rural Health

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Health Workforce Development Collaborative Partners

The HWDC will provide the infrastructure and support for partner organizations to annually assess health workforce development needs and evaluates the effectiveness of coordinated health professions placements and retention activities in reducing the number of health professions shortage areas.  The HWDC will conduct continuous health workforce development planning and evaluation activities in each of the three regions of the state.   

Health Workforce Development Collaborative Partners

Lesia D. Walker
Co-Chair, Health Workforce Development Collaborative
Program Coordinator 
TN Area Health Education Centers (TN AHEC) Program
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Meharry Medical College
1005 Dr. D. B. Todd Jr. Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37208

Ross Fleming, III
Co-Chair, Health Workforce Development Collaborative
Director, Behavioral Health Practice
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program
Administrative Director, Rural Residency Training Track
Meharry Medical College
1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37208

Angie Allen
Director, State Office of Rural Health and Health Access
Tennessee Department of Health
Andrew Johnson Tower, 2nd Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Ann Cranford
Director, Recruitment and Retention Program
Tennessee Department of Health
Andrew Johnson Tower, 2nd Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Sharon Crawford, PhD
Chief Programs Officer
Tennessee Primary Care Association
710 Spence Lane
Nashville, TN 37217

Tresea Donelson
Director, State Loan Repayment Program
Tennessee Department of Health
Andrew Johnson Tower, 2nd Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Christina Isong
TN HOSA State Advisor
Tennessee Department of Education
Andrew Johnson Tower, 11th Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Bill Jolley
Senior Vice President, Rural Health Issues
Tennessee Hospital Association
5201 Virginia Way
Brentwood, TN 37027

Paul D. Juarez, PhD
Professor and Vice-Chair of Research
Principal Investigator/Program Director, TN Area Health Education Centers (TN AHEC) Program
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Meharry Medical College
1005 Dr. D. B. Todd Jr. Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37208

Mary Kiger
Executive Director
Tennessee Charitable Care Network
1515B Hayden Drive
Nashville, TN 37206

Patricia Matthews-Juarez, PhD
Senior Vice President, Office of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation & Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Meharry Medical College
1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37208

Bishowi Mikhail
Director, Tennessee Office of Primary Care
Tennessee Department of Health
Andrew Johnson Tower, 2nd Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Lauren Troutman
Human Resources Generalist
Cherokee Health Systems, East TN AHEC
2018 Western Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921

Chandra Wade
Project Coordinator/Center Director, West TN AHEC
Cherokee Health Systems
4095 American Way
Memphis, TN 37921

Jacy Warrell
Executive Director
Rural Health Association of Tennessee
P.O. Box 656
Decaturville, TN 38239

Mary Ann Watson
Director, Workforce Network Development
Tennessee Hospital Association
Tennessee Center for Health Workforce Development
5201 Virginia Way
Brentwood, TN 37027

Natasha Yokley
Project Coordinator/Center Director, Central TN AHEC
Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center
1035 14th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37208