Agenda

Why Choose Health Careers?

Overall employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations; this increase is expected to result in about 2 million new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 1.9 million openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.


More Information Health Careers A-Z

Healthcare
Occupations

1,900,000

The purpose of this Summit & Expo is to promote health professions and celebrate health as a career path for middle school, high school, and college students interested in pursuing health professions and health related careers. Students, parents, and advisors are invited to participate in this half day event where they will:

  • Meet and network with health professionals and health programs.
  • Learn from a keynote panel of health leaders in the state of Tennessee.
  • Participate in breakout sessions to build skills and knowledge to be successful in health professions.
  • Engage in a statewide service project to honor and celebrate US Military Veterans and Active-Duty Personnel and the health professionals who serve our them.

Baptist Health Sciences University

Memphis, TN
Saturday, November 12, 2022


  • 8:00am – 9:30am CT
  • Attendees will enjoy a portable breakfast and will engage in conversation with our event sponsors and exhibitors. Sponsors and exhibitors will showcase what their organization does and how their organization supports aspiring health professionals.

  • 9:45am – 10:45am CT
  • Attendees will engage with leaders in health and healthcare from across the state. Each leader will share their career story and respond to questions posed by attendees during registration.

  • 11:00am – 12:00pm CT
  • Attendees will be guided through breakout sessions that further explore areas of health and healthcare and include interactive activities for attendees to experience skills and actions that are integral to a successful career. Attendees will be randomized to attend at least 2 sessions. «« Click Here to See Sessions »»

  • 12:15pm – 1:00pm CT
  • Attendees will complete a service project to benefit Military and Veteran Healthcare. Attendees are asked to bring individually packaged snacks, travel sized toiletry items, socks, or other individually packaged items that will be used for the statewide service project. Attendees will enjoy a portable lunch upon completion of the service project. «« Click Here to See Service Projects »»



Meharry Medical College

Nashville, TN
Saturday, November 12, 2022


  • 8:00am – 9:30am CT
  • 8:00am – 9:30am CT
  • 8:00am – 9:30am CT
  • 9:45am – 10:45am CT
  • Attendees will engage with leaders in health and healthcare from across the state. Each leader will share their career story and respond to questions posed by attendees during registration.

  • 11:00am – 12:30pm CT
  • Attendees will be guided through breakout sessions that further explore areas of health and healthcare and include interactive activities for attendees to experience skills and actions that are integral to a successful career. Attendees will choose 2 of the 4 sessions provided.
    «« Click Here to See Sessions »»

  • 11:00am – 12:30pm CT
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm CT
  • 12:30pm – 1:00pm CT


East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, TN
Tuesday, November 15, 2022




Virtual Keynote Panel

Zoom Webinar
Saturday, November 12, 2022



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LaTonya Washington, MD, MBA, CPE

President

Bluff City Medical Society

LaTonya Washington, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAP, FACP, FHM is a native Mississippian. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Tougaloo College and her Doctorate of Medicine from University of Tennessee Health Science Center... Read More

Her residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics was completed at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where she also served as Chief Resident in her final year. She obtained a Master’s of Business Administration from Auburn University. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. LaTonya has practiced both adult and pediatric medicine in the outpatient and inpatient settings in Virginia, Arkansas, and Tennessee. She formerly served as Chief Medical Officer at Regional One Health Extended Care Hospital, Pediatric Hospitalist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Associate Director of Hospital Medicine at St. Francis Hospital, and Physician Advisor at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, TN. She currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis and supervising physician at Graham Primary Healthcare. She is the president of the Bluff City Medical Society, the premier medical organization for physicians of color in Memphis leading the way in healthcare for the Mid-South. She has served as a charter member of the LeBonheur Children’s Hospital Associate Board of Directors, Board of Directors of For the Kingdom Camp Memphis, and Board of Directors for The Memphis Medical Society. Dr. Washington is committed to advancing the healthcare of her community through education, advocacy, and action.


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Kimberly Lamar, PhD, MPH, MS

Assistant Commissioner, Division of Health Disparities Elimination

Tennessee Department of Health

Department of Health (TDH), leading the State offices of minority health, rural health access, and faith-based and community engagement. Her role at TDH focuses on addressing health disparities for racial, ethnic, under-served... Read More

and vulnerable populations and advancing health equity through meaningful collaboration and engagement. In light of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and other vulnerable communities, Dr. Lamar established the Tennessee Health Disparities Task Force. The Task Force engages stakeholders from non-profit and faith-based organizations, academia, health care providers and local and state government officials to collaboratively generate responsive solutions and policies to reduce disparities and to ensure equitable access to health care, resources and services.
At TDH, Lamar formerly served as the Deputy Director of Child Health in the Division of Family Health and Wellness. Prior to joining TDH, she was the Chief Population Health and Quality Officer at Metro Nashville General Hospital. She also served in senior leadership at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, where she led the Congregational Health Network.
Dr. Lamar earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tulane University, Master degrees in both public health and environmental health from East Tennessee State University and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


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Will J. Jackson, III, MHA, PW-IT(CP)

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Information Systems Officer

Christ Community Health Services

Will is a professional leader in Health I.T., Operations and Strategy for 15 years. He currently serves as Chief Operating Officer and Information Security Officer at Christ Community Health Services, Inc... Read More

(CCHS), a federally qualified health center serving all patients but with emphasis on underserved communities. Will started at CCHS as the Chief Information Officer, providing vision, strategy and direction for all information technology and data usage, and its expansion.
His background includes senior leadership of information technology and administration at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Louisiana, where he successfully inaugurated the I.T. department, facilitated EMR implementation, and institutionalized staff training on various systems. He has conceptual aptitude in Health I.T. from a local to state level, serving in a prior capacity in helping LA embrace such technology, including training and technical support, as one of the critical pillars for improved health access, quality and outcomes.
Will birthed and matured his informatics tenure while at i2i Population Health, a top ranked Population Analytics vendor, for over seven years. He trained and provided consultancy to 100+ unique organizations, rendering 700+ hours of specialized consults/services. Will served as the inaugural Sales Engineer in Fall 2016, leveraging i2i solutions and subject matter expertise with prospective and current customers via demonstrations, technical assessments and RFPs/RFIs. In his last role as Director of Process Improvement, he supported executive level partnership opportunities, and matured cross-departmental work chains.
On a personal note, Will is a Licensed Minister, board member of multiple organizations, and cheesecake pâtissier. He and his wife of almost 15 years have three children, and reside in the greater Memphis area.


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Zach Chandler, MHA

Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation

Zach Chandler serves as Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation's executive vice president and chief strategy officer. After completing his Frank Groner administrative fellowship at Baptist, Chandler held several leadership roles within the organization,... Read More

including serving as CEO and administrator at four Baptist Memorial hospitals. Before being promoted to his current role, he served as vice president and head of metro-Memphis operations, and, prior to that, vice president and head of regional operations. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Baylor University and a master's degree in health administration from Washington University. In addition to his leadership roles at Baptist, he spent two years as president of Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas. The American College of Healthcare Executives has honored Chandler with its Early Career Healthcare Executive Award.

  • 11:00am – 12:00pm CT
  • Attendees who wish to attend the virtual breakout session must register using the links below.

    Virtual Sessions for Parents and Advisors    Learn More

    Virtual Session 1 (11:00AM – 11:30 AM CT) :: Preparing your student to become a health professional: tips for success from the field.
    Session Description :: This session is designed for parents and advisors who are supporting students who aspire to be health professionals.
    «« Register Here for Virtual Session 1 »»

    Virtual Session 2 (11:30AM – 12:00 PM CT) :: Starting a HOSA Chapter.
    Session Description :: This session is designed for students and advisors who want to start a HOSA Chapter at their school.
    «« Register Here for Virtual Session 2 »»
    Virtual Sessions for Students    Learn More
    Virtual Session 1 (11:00AM – 11:30 AM CT) :: Student to Student Round Table Discussion.
    Session Description :: This session is designed for students who aspire to be health professionals to talk with current students in health professions programs.
    «« Register Here for Virtual Session 1 »»

    Virtual Session 2 (11:30AM – 12:00 PM CT) :: Building a successful application for health professions programs.
    Session Description :: This session is designed for students who aspire to be health professionals to talk with experienced admissions counselors and program chairs about how to build a successful application for entry into a health professions program.
    «« Register Here for Virtual Session 2 »»