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COVID-19 Outreach & Engagement

The primary goal of the HBCU Wellness Project is to leverage educational and service-oriented resources at HBCUs to positively impact the health and well-being of Tennessee residents. Our COVID-19 Outreach and Engagement Program, a partnership with the Tennessee Department of Health, will involve partnering with community based organizations, churches, federally qualified health centers or agencies for outreach to local communities. 



  • Recruit, train, and guide Student Health Ambassadors to develop health and wellness projects to reduce the spread of COVID-19


  • Develop and distribute a college health survey to ascertain the attitudes and knowledge of undergraduate collegians’ individual health assessment 


  • Produce photo voice/photonovela as qualitative methods for documenting and reflecting community realities around COVID-19 strategies and incidence

  • Convene “listening sessions” in Tennessee regions to gain viewpoints and attitudes on vaccine hesitancy, to better understand fears and mistrust in communities of color

Our COVID-19 Outreach Campuses Include:

  • Austin Peay State University

  • East Tennessee State University

  • Fisk University

  • Knoxville College

  • Lane College

  • LeMoyne-Owen College

  • Middle Tennessee State University

  • The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga



Students must attend one of the participating Historically Black Colleges or Universities, and meet the following criteria: 

  • Must be at least 18 years old and enrolled as an undergraduate student in good standing

  • Must have evidence of good written & verbal skills

  • Must be comfortable engaging people from diverse backgrounds

  • Must be goal-oriented and can meet deadlines

  • Must have interest in health outcomes

  • Must have access to a computer and reliable wifi.