I grew up in a small rural community. The experiences I had there have shaped my life.
My early career path veered from one track and took me into the healthcare industry. My experience in a large academic medical center showed me one facet of that world. But it wasn’t a good fit for me.
Life took another turn, and I was given the opportunity to work with two organizations that focused on providing primary care to the medically underserved in Tennessee. At last I found my career passion.
My work at the Tennessee Center for Health Workforce Development (TCWD) has allowed me to support the recruitment of physicians and other primary care providers for Tennessee’s medically underserved areas. By the end of 2018 TCWD will have facilitated the placement of over 150 clinicians in communities where they are most needed.
The goal of connecting medical professionals with underserved communities remains, but TCWD has recently added other goals. We are also working to alleviate nursing shortages, helping build a skilled allied health workforce, and encouraging middle and high school students to pursue healthcare careers.
TCWD’s work increases access to primary healthcare for the medically underserved communities in Tennessee. I can’t think of a more rewarding career.