Here, you will find a brief history about TRP, our Staff listing, the Board of Directors, and a list of our Founding Partners.
A Healthcare Workforce Network
to Improve Access to Primary Care in Tennessee
A workforce network is a group of organizations that comes together to perform an agreed upon task or mission. The Tennessee Rural Partnership’s (TRP) healthcare workforce network is an integrated vertical structure comprised of medical schools, hospitals, rural health clinics, community health centers, private medical practices, community-based organizations, the Tennessee Department of Health and other interested stakeholders, such as the Rural Health Association of Tennessee (RHAT), the Tennessee Primary Care Association (TPCA) and Tennessee Hospital Association (THA). These groups help TRP achieve its mission of maximizing access to primary care health in rural and underserved communities in Tennessee.
TRP is open to expanding its workforce network with partners who support our mission. Whether the networking results in grant proposals, short-term projects, or something else that we create together, expanding access to primary care in rural and underserved communities in Tennessee can’t be done by one organization alone. Join us as we work toward this mission.
Tennessee Rural Partnership (TRP) is a non-profit founded in 2006 to address the increasing challenges of providing healthcare in rural and underserved areas across the state by assisting in the recruitment, placement, and retention of physicians and other health professionals. TRP was formed by the Rural Health Association of Tennessee and the state’s four medical schools with residency programs: The University of Tennessee, Meharry Medical College, East Tennessee State University, and Vanderbilt University, as well as other associations and stakeholders representing rural healthcare.
In 2012 TRP became an operating subsidiary of the Tennessee Hospital Association. TRP works with THA to integrate our overall mission to fulfill the workforce needs of rural and underserved communities in our state.
TRP connects clinicians to communities. This is done, without any charge to the candidate or community, by matching the clinician’s needs with a practice site in a community of their choice. Primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants are matched with jobs in rural and underserved communities.
TRP administers the Tennessee Residency Stipend Program which offers $35,000 per year, for up to 4 years, to qualified medical residents who are selected for the program and who agree to practice full-time primary care medicine in a rural or urban underserved area. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants in their first year of training may qualify for the NP/PA incentive program that requires the recipient complete a rural/underserved rotation and will award a monetary incentive to them if they complete one-two years of practice at a qualified rural or underserved site. An incentive is available to communities to help with the recruiting efforts of sites that have been recruiting for a primary care physician or psychiatric nurse practitioner for two or more years.
TRP also has a pipeline program focused on health science students in rural and urban underserved high schools. The program provides educational opportunities and offers a competitive scholarship to students from each grand division in the state.
TRP’s Oral History in Four Short Video Clips
TRP White Papers
TRP White Papers:
Physician Supply and Distribution in Tennessee 2016
TRP Network Development History
2015 Analysis of Primary Care Physicians Over 60 Years of Age in EAST TN
2015 Analysis of Primary Care Physicians Over 60 Years of Age in MIDDLE TN
2015 Analysis of Primary Care Physicians Over 60 Years of Age in WEST TN
TRP Semi-Annual Report
Board of Directors
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