Tennessee Area Health Education Center

TENNESSEE AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER (TN AHEC)

 

 OVERVIEW

The purpose of the TN AHEC Program is to develop and enhance education and training networks within communities, academic institutions, and community-based organizations.  In turn, these networks support the TN AHEC’s strategic priorities to increase diversity among health professionals, broaden the distribution of the health workforce, enhance health care quality, and improve health care delivery to rural and underserved areas and populations.

 

SPECIFIC AIM

  1. Improve workforce distribution in RUMUAs across Tennessee.
  2. Prepare, place, and retain a diverse, culturally competent primary care workforce representative of the diverse communities in RUMUAs.
  3. Develop and maintain a health care workforce that is prepared to deliver high quality care in a transforming health care delivery system with an emphasis on RUMUAs.

 

PARTNERS

East Tennessee AHEC
Dennis Freeman, PhD, CEO,
Cherokee Health System
Dennis.Freeman@cherokeehealth.com

West Tennessee AHEC
Dennis Freeman, PhD, CEO,
Cherokee Health System
Dennis.Freeman@cherokeehealth.com

Central Tennessee AHEC
Katina R. Beard, MSPH, Chief Executive Officer
Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center
Address:  1035 14th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee 37208
Tel: 615-340-1265 Email: kbeard@mwchc.org

 

 

PERSONNEL

Paul D. 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

 Lesia D. Walker, MPH, Program Coordinator
Tel: 615 327-5784 ldwalker@mmc.edu

 

 

PROGRAMS

AHEC Scholars Program. The goal of the TN AHEC Scholars Program is to prepare, place and retain a diverse, culturally competent primary care workforce representative of the diverse communities in Rural and Urban Medically Underserved Areas (RUMUAs) of the state.raining experiences will be team-based and include a formal, didactic component addressing the following six (6) Core Topic Areas:

  • Inter-professional Education
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Cultural Competency
  • Practice Transformation
  • Current and emerging health issues

 

Middle School to Practice Health Professions Pathways. The goal of the HPP is to create a continuous support system for students in west, central and east TN interested in health careers by facilitating the establishment of Health Professions Students of America (HOSA) chapters at middle schools, high schools, community colleges, and undergraduate colleges and providing assistance for graduating students to practice in a medically underserved and/or rural area of the state.

 

Health Workforce Development. The TN AHEC will provide a leadership role in developing a 5- year, statewide, primary healthcare, workforce development plan with measureable outcomes with an evaluation plan and a timetable for regular updating and monitoring progress.

 

Continuing Education for Health Providers. The TN AHEC will facilitate and support the provision of continuing education to current health care providers across the state.