The Tennessee Area Health Education Center Scholars Program

The Tennessee Area Health Education Center (TN AHEC) Scholars Program is part of a national initiative to prepare tomorrow’s health professionals to become leaders in inter-professional, transformative practice settings, and to serve in areas and populations with the greatest needs.

TN AHEC is currently accepting applications for the 2024-2026 cohort at all regional locations for the Tennessee Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Scholars Program: Central (Nashville); Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center (MWCHC); East and Southeast (Knoxville/Chattanooga); Cherokee Health Systems and West (Memphis); Christ Community Health Services.

The TN AHEC Program promotes a coordinated approach to education and training for graduate level health professions students with the knowledge and skills to provide culturally competent, quality health care services, especially in rural and medically underserved areas. 

Benefits of participating in such a dynamic program will offer students the following:

  • Opportunities to participate in training programs designed for providers in FQHCs, RHCs and CHCs in the state of Tennessee.
  •  Increased understanding of attitudes, such as mistrust, subconscious bias, and stereotypes which practitioners and patients may bring to the patient encounters.
  •  Heightened awareness of the existence and magnitude of health disparities, including the multi-factorial causes and the many solutions required to diminish or eliminate them.
  •  Skills to effectively communicate and negotiate across cultures, languages, and literacy levels, including the use of key tools to improve communication.
  •  Information and workshops about Loan Repayment Programs and career opportunities in Tennessee.

Attached is the TN AHEC Scholars Program brochure; applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2024 at Tennessee AHEC Scholars Program Application (  The application deadline is August, 1 2024.

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