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The Tennessee Action Coalition
is the driving force transforming health care through nursing in our state. Under-
 standing that Tennessee has specific
 health care challenges and needs, we are
 working with diverse stakeholders to
 create and model innovative solutions
 with nurses leading the way.



Welcome to the Tennessee Action Coalition Website

We are working to improve health for Tennesseans and our health care delivery system in Tennessee.
Tennessee has more heart disease, higher rates of diabetes, and obesity than almost any other state. Like many other states, we also have increasing numbers of older and sicker patients.

In order to meet patient and family needs - and improve the overall health of all Tennesseans - we believe nurses need to play a greater role in health care system in our state.
The TAC is working to positively influence issues such as access, affordability, and outcomes by:

  • Ensuring we have enough nurses in hospitals, clinics and in the community - to deliver services that improve the health of Tennesseans;
  • Educating nurses to take on new leadership roles - to address inefficiencies that can lower costs and improve quality;
  • Removing barriers that limit nurses from practicing to the full extent of their education and training - to expand access to affordable care.


We can't do this alone, so we hope you will join us in changing the landscape of healthcare in Tennessee! Sign up for our emails. Watch for our calls to action. Spread the word about our efforts and encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same.

Together, we can make a difference in the quality of lives of Tennesseans now - and in the future.

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Vickie Niederhauser, DrPH, RN
Dean and Professor at the
University of Tennessee,
College of Nursing

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Rebecca Kelly, MPA
Senior State Director for AARP
in Tennessee