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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 965 SHAs


325 Community Partners Across The State of Tennessee


More Than 760 CITI Trained SHAs


More Than 1130 Community Outreach Activities Conducted


Over 400 IRB Approved Protocols


Over 65,000 Tennessee Residents Impacted
2024 SHA Reports From The Field

Watch & Learn

Check out our Student Health Ambassadors (SHA) 'Reports From The Field.' They've researched, developed, and implemented their projects and are now revealing their findings through captivating video vignettes.  See what our SHAs have achieved and join us in celebrating their success by watching now!

Student Health Ambassadors

Where Are They Now? 

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Former Student Health Ambassador
Fisk University, Class of 2023

Jordan Smith, is currently a Patient Care Technician at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, TN. In her role, she places great importance on forging meaningful connections with the patients she cares for every night. 


"My time with the HBCU Wellness Project showed me the importance of several public health policies that must be implemented and upheld in a hospital setting to keep patients and workers safe. I am striving to uphold each public health policy during my time as a Patient Care Technician." 

TN-MMC HBCU Wellness Project NEWS

Learn about our national, state and local impact.

Office of Minority Health HBCU Spotlight Series

The Office of Minority Health recently featured the TN- MMC HBCU Wellness Project in the FYI: Weekly Health Resources e-newsletter. This publication is sent to more than 36,600 OMH subscribers.

Society of Behavioral Medicine Poster Acceptance

The TN-MMC HBCU Wellness Project's academic paper entitled "HIV Testing Beliefs and PrEP Knowledge in Young Adults Attending a Historically Black College in the Southeastern U.S." was accepted as a Poster Presentation at the 44th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Health Department Grant

The TN-MMC HBCU Wellness has been awarded a grant with the Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Health Department for the provision of training college students at Fisk University and Tennessee State University as peer health educators to create service-oriented resources to impact COVID-19 disparities and related social determinants of health.

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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