About TCWD

The Tennessee Rural Partnership (TRP), a non-profit organization, was founded in 2006 to recruit primary care physicians to rural & underserved areas of the state. In 2012, TRP became a division of the Tennessee Hospital Association in order to increase its reach into the rural areas. By 2018, TRP had grown to include incentives for multiple primary care disciplines, behavioral health and dental professionals. In honor of its expanded reach, TRP changed its name to the Tennessee Center for Health Workforce Development and remains proud of its contributions to the healthcare workforce in Tennessee.

Same mission, new approach. 

 Four Divisions - Infinite Possibilities

doctors & communities

To make primary care easily accessible for all Tennesseans by connecting medical professionals with the 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



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