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The HBCU Wellness Project is

Developing Agents for Change.

The HBCU Wellness Project is training Student Health Ambassadors (SHAs), engaging community residents, collaborating with community based and faith based organizations and institutions, civic departments, and each other —all for one single purpose — to promote change in knowledge, attitude, and behavior. 

Empowering Our Future's Next Generation

Education. Training. Health. Community.


Over 850 SHAs


325 Community Partners Across The State of Tennessee


More Than 650 CITI Trained SHAs


More Than 1080 Community Outreach Activities Conducted


Over 345 IRB Approved Protocols


Over 65,000 Tennessee Residents Impacted
Student Health Ambassadors

Where Are They Now? 

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Former Student Health Ambassador
Fisk University, Class of 2020

Brooklyn is currently pursuing her doctor of dental surgery degree from Meharry Medical College. She plans on completing graduate school and working in an underserved area treating those who do not have access to dental treatment.


“My dream is to one day have a private practice by the name of  "Sims' Smiles,” said Brooklyn.

Tennessee Center For AIDS Research (CFAR) Partnership to End The HIV Epidemic

LeMoyne-Owen College Student Health Ambassadors

The Tennessee CFAR was recently awarded an NIH Supplement comprising the TN-MMC HBCU Wellness Project’s trained student health ambassadors to focus on developing and implementing an intervention aimed to improve HIV testing and PrEP uptake among African American young adults on the campus of LeMoyne-Owen College and surrounding Memphis communities. This one year proposal leverages academic, state and community-based partnerships leading to greater insights and capacity to provide HIV prevention and care services to an at risk population.

Our Community Partners
Meharry Medical College
Discovery Channel
Mathew Walker Center
Tyson Foods
Susan G. Komen
American Cancer Society
Urban League of Middle Tennessee
National Cancer Institute
Lifeline Blood Services
Girls Inc
West Tennessee Healthcare
Boys and Girls Club
Metro Nashville Public School
Methodist Healthcare
The University of Memphis
Memphis City School
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
American Heart Association
Adventure Science Center
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Dream Center of Jackson Tennessee
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LeBonheur Children's Hospital
March of Dimes
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