Five historically black colleges and universities in Tennessee will share a $2 million grant from the Tennessee Office of Minority Health to establish a wellness program for low-income state residents. The program will focus on health problems where there are wide-ranging racial disparities such as diabetes, hypertension, and kidney disease.

The grant will be under the direction of Meharry Medical College. Other participating institutions are Fisk University, Lane College, Knoxville College, and LeMoyne-Owen College.