About TCWD

We are a non-profit organization established in 2006 as the Tennessee Rural Partnership. We were founded to provide healthcare to rural and underserved populations in Tennessee by recruiting and placing primary care clinicians in communities where care was needed most. In 2012 we became an operating subsidiary of the Tennessee Hospital Association. 

In 2018, we expanded our focus to include other professions in the healthcare workforce such as nursing and allied health and increased our pipeline initiatives. To honor our expanded focus we changed our name to the Tennessee Center for Health Workforce Development. 

Our core mission has not changed however. We are dedicated to improving the health of Tennesseans by guiding healthcare workforce development and connecting the caregivers to the people.

The Center is Comprised of Four Divisions

doctors & communities

To make primary care easily accessible for all Tennesseans by connecting medical professionals with communities where care is needed most.


To be a catalyst, helping identify and resolve issues that contribute to the nursing shortage in Tennessee.

allied health

To build an abundant and skilled allied health workforce through academic and clinical partnerships, promotion of various allied health professions and connections with non-traditional students.

pipeline programs

To inspire Tennessee secondary school students to pursue a career in healthcare by providing knowledge, experiences and guidance.


Provided by the State of Tennessee through the four Tennessee medical schools with primary care residency programs:

  • University of Tennessee
  • Meharry Medical College
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Vanderbilt University


Number of medical professionals we have placed:


In 2012, we became an operating subsidiary of the Tennessee Hospital Association. The union opened up exciting new avenues and provided a solid foundation for growth.

Recruiting & Incentives Nursing Pipeline Programs Allied Health