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 – https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/TN
    General Health Data: Population, Tennessee Department of Health, https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/statistics/health-data/population.html County Profile, Tennessee Department of
    County Profiles, Economic and Community Development – https://tnecd.com/county-profiles/

  • Tennessee HPSA/MUA Data
  • Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs)/Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs), August 2019
    • Federal Shortage Areas for Primary Care, 2018
    • Federal Health Professional Shortage Areas or Dental, 2018
    • Federal Primary Care Shortage Areas for Mental, 2018
    Available at https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/rural-health/federal-shortage-areas.html

  • Healthcare Facilities (CMS)
  • Tennessee Primary Care Association Member Health Centers List, https://www.tnpca.org/memberlist
    Tennessee Primary Care Association, Health Center Map, http://www.tnpcaeducation.org/misc/3GD%20Org%20Map%20completed%20with%20both%20parts%20updated%20February%202019.pdf
    Find a Health Center, HRSA Data Warehouse, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/
    Tennessee Charitable Care Network Member Locations and Services by Region, http://www.tccnetwork.org/
    TCCN Find a Clinic, http://www.tccnetwork.org/members-help.html
    Map of Tennessee Hospitals, Tennessee Hospital Association, https://tha.com/
    Health Care Facilities, Tennessee Department of Health, https://apps.health.tn.gov/facilityListings/
    Hospital Services, Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, https://www.findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/
    Behavioral Health Safety Net Providers, Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/mentalhealth/documents/BHSN_Provider_Contact_9-1-20.pdf
    Find a Licensed Facility or Service, Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, https://www.tn.gov/behavioral-health/licensing/find-a-licensed-facility-or-service.html
    Correctional Health Services, Tennessee Department of Correction, https://www.tn.gov/correction/redirect—rehabilitation/redirect—offender-health-care/health-services.html#:~:text=Health%20Services%20sets%20the%20policy%20standards%20for%20the,system%20providing%20offenders%20with%20access%20to%20such%20
    VA Locations in Tennessee, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, https://www.va.gov/directory/GUIDE/state.asp?dnum=ALL&STATE=TN#:~:text=Tennessee%20%20%20View%20addresses%20%20%20View,Valley%20Healthcare%20System%20%2037%20more%20rows%20

  • Health Center Program Sites
  • National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Sites
  • Health Resources and Services Administration, https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/nhsc-sites/index.html

  • National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Job Opportunities

Nurse Corps; https://bhw.hrsa.gov/loans-scholarships/nurse-corps

Scholarships; https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships/index.html

Loan Repayment; https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loan-repayment/index.html

Job Search & Provider Recruitment; https://bhw.hrsa.gov/job-search-provider-recruitment

Health Workforce Connector; https://bhw.hrsa.gov/provider-recruitment/health-workforce-connector

Health Resources and Services Administration Health Workforce Virtual Job Fairs; https://bhw.hrsa.gov/provider-recruitment/virtual-job-fairs

Bureau of Health Workforce Customer Service Portal for Scholars and Clinicians; https://programportal.hrsa.gov/extranet/landing.seam

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» Health Occupations Students of America: MS to Practice

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  • 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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» Continuing Education

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  • CME
  • CEU
  • YouTube Channel

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» Workforce Development Partners

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

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Health Workforce Development Collaborative Partners

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

Ross Fleming (Co-Chair), Director, Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program, Meharry Medical College, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37208

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

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

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

Christina Isong, State Advisory for FCCLA and HOSA, Tennessee Department of Education, Division of College, Career and Technical Education, Andrew Johnson Building, 11th Floor, 710 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243

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

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

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

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

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

Chandra Wade, Coordinator/Center Director, West TN AHEC, Cherokee Health Systems, Shelby County – Parkway Village, 4095 American Way, Memphis, TN 38118

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

Representative to be determined, Tennessee Primary Care Association, 710 Spence Lane, Nashville, TN 37217