Become a Rural Health Fellow

The Rural Health Association of TN (RHA of TN) is excited to announce its second class of Rural Health Fellows of TN (RHF of TN). This program is geared toward highly motivated individuals who have a proven dedication to improving the health of rural Tennesseans through their educational and professional experience.

The goal of the fellow’s program is to educate, develop and inspire a networked community of rural health leaders who will step forward to serve in key positions in the Rural Health Association of Tennessee, affiliated rural health advocacy groups, and local and state rural health focused initiatives.

The Rural Health Fellows should be committed to advocating on behalf of rural health and should be dedicated to the RHA of TN’s mission. The program will include a focus on community-based health improvement programs and development of grassroots advocacy skills. In addition, rural health fellows will demonstrate a continuous desire to learn new skills, advance their knowledge, and serve their rural communities through advocacy and engagement efforts. Come join us and become a Rural Health Fellow of Tennessee!



  ·        Applicants to the Rural Health Fellow of TN Program must be members of the RHA of TN

  ·        Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the health of people residing in rural Tennessee. This commitment must be demonstrated in the curriculum vitae/resume of the applicant with at least 3 years of rural-specific professional experience

  ·        Applicants must complete a minimum of 60 hours of Fellow Approved continuing education prior to applying to the fellow’s program.  Once Fellow status is achieved, members must complete 60 hours of Fellow Approved continuing education over a 3 year period to maintain the RHF of TN designation.

  ·        Applicants must complete a Community Health Improvement Project or Legislative/ Regulatory / Policy Position Paper

  • The Community Health Improvement Project must create a benefit to specific rural areas of Tennessee.
  • The Legislative / Regulatory/ Policy Position Paper must address emerging regulatory or policy initiatives specific to rural health in Tennessee.


  Take the Next Step

 Are you interested in taking the next step in your rural health career and have 3+ years of rural health experience? If so, now is your time. Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2020. Notification of acceptance into the program will be given by June 30, 2020. The deadline for completion of projects for this year’s recognition will be October 15, 2020. Those designated as Rural Health Fellow for 2020 will be recognized at the 26th Annual Conference of the Rural Health Association of Tennessee in November.

  Email Application to and pay $100 application fee online

  Printable Application  

  Complete application and submit with $100 application fee to:

  RHA of TN

  PO Box 656 

  Decaturville, TN 38329

  Successfully completing the Fellow Program will earn you your RHF credentials. 


  Questions? Contact Kathy Atwood at (615)374-8157 or or the Rural Health Association of TN at (615)907-9707 or

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