Integrated Health Workforce Development
The need for increasing a diverse workforce is reflected in the Healthy People 2020 objectives, and in rural and vulnerable communities, as related to access and availability of mental health geographic services.
The Meharry Medical College Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program (BHWET) is aligned with the Healthy People 2020 objectives which are “to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce serving populations across the lifespan, including in rural and medically underserved areas”.
The need for increasing a diverse workforce places emphasis on expanding placements of interns in behavioral health practices within a primary care setting that include interdisciplinary training for:
- Field supervisors to provide quality behavioral health services to vulnerable and medically underserved communities.
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Meharry Medical College is one of the nation’s oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers dedicated to educating physicians, dentists, researchers, and health policy experts. Founded in 1876 as the Medical Department of Central Tennessee College, Meharry was the first medical school in the South for African Americans. It was chartered separately in 1915.