Workforce Development

The Tennessee Primary Care Association provides training and technical assistance in workforce development for Community Health Centers.  We work closely with CHCs to link them to resources that will assist them in recruiting, developing, and retaining clinical and administrative staff.  

TPCA has developed a series of seven videos about CHCs and what it's like to work for one. Feel free to use them for trainings, orientations, recruitment, and other opportunities. These videos are available here.


 TPCA Career Center
Our members post open positions for their health centers in the Career Center. You'll find positions listed such as:

  • Pharmacist
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Front Office Staff/Clerks 
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Information Technology Staff
  • Office Manager
  • Administrative
  • Custodial and Maintenance

If you are a physician, dentist, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant seeking a position at a community health center, click here to be connected to our Workforce Partner, The Tennessee Center for Health Workforce Development (TCWD).  Health centers may also contact TCWD fill these vacant positions.


TPCA Service Learning

National Health Service Corps
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC), through scholarship and loan repayment programs, helps Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in the U.S. get the medical, dental, and mental health providers they need to meet their tremendous need for health care.  The NHSC scholarship is a competitive program that pays tuition, fees and provides a living stipend to students enrolled in accredited medical (MD or DO), dental, nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, and physician assistant training. Upon graduation, scholarship recipients serve as primary care providers between two and four years in a community-based site in a high-need Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) that has applied to and been approved by the NHSC as a service site. Awards are made to applicants most committed to serving underserved people and most likely to build successful careers in HPSAs and meet future needs for care throughout the Nation.


Workforce Partners and Resources

Tennessee Center for Health Workforce Development
TCWD programs include recruiting physicians and psychiatric nurse practitioners; incentives for medical residents in exchange for a commitment to serve; assisting hospitals and health centers to attract qualified caregivers; addressing issues that cause nurse to leave hospital employment; and educating Tennessee students about the healthcare professions.

J-1 Visa Program and State Conrad 30 Program
The J-1 Visa Program/Conrad  30 Program supports and facilitates the placement of primary care physicians in a health care practice site located in a rural Health Resource Shortage Area (HRSA) located within a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or Medically Underserved Area (MUA) and physician specialists in a hospital as designated by the Department of Health, located in a HPSA or in a MUA.

Tennessee Loan Repayment Program
TSLRP provides educational loan repayment to qualified primary care practitioners in exchange for an initial two-year service obligation to practice full-time or part-time at an ambulatory public, non-profit or private non-profit primary care site located in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

Tennessee Area Health Education Center Program
The mission of the Tennessee Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program is to improve the supply and distribution of health care professionals with an emphasis on primary care. These efforts combine the talents of health care practitioners and school systems in Tennessee to attract young people to the sciences, nurture them through their biomedical studies, place them in rural settings, and support them as professional health care providers with ongoing educational opportunities.

Rural Health Association of Tennessee
The Rural Health Association of Tennessee advocates and educated on rural health issues. Areas of concern in rural Tennessee include rural access to health care, substance abuse, special populations, mental/behavioral health, health professions education, health promotion/disease prevention, oral health, and rural emergency preparedness.

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

STAR2 Center – Solutions Training and Assistance for Recruitment and Retention
The STAR2 Center is a project of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU). ACU is a transdisciplinary membership organization working on behalf of the NHSC and clinicians who provide care to the underserved. In July 2014, ACU received a National Cooperative Agreement to develop a clinician workforce center for recruitment and retention at community health centers. In partnership with the Bureau of Primary Health Care, ACU created the STAR² Center (pronounced Star Center) to provide free resources, training, and technical assistance to the health centers facing high workforce need.

Community Health Center, Inc.
Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC, Inc.) and its Weitzman Institute specialize in providing education and training to interested health centers in transforming teams and training the next generation through national webinars on advancing team-based care, implementing post-graduate residency training programs, and health professions student training in FQHCs.

Public Health Online
Community resources for public health careers and education, including a comprehensive guide that explores options for individuals considering a master's in public health program.

PublicHealthDegrees.org - Online MPH Programs
Information for students looking to earn their MPH degree online, including information about what students can expect from an online program experience, as well as information about financial assistance options.