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RPHC LogoRural Health and Primary Care Section

The Rural Health and Primary Care section includes the Primary Care Office, the State Office of Rural Health, and Workforce Development. The mission and function of the Rural Health and Primary Care section is to support communities and stakeholders that provide innovative and effective access to quality health care services with a focus on the low income, uninsured, and Medicaid populations of New Hampshire.

Primary Care

The Primary Care Office (PCO) works with other NH partners statewide to improve access to quality health care services especially for uninsured residents. The PCO is the location of the NH Health Professions Data Center and is responsible for federal health care shortage designations. The PCO also provides technical assistance for National Health Service Corps sites.

Rural Health Care

The State Office of Rural Health (SORH) offers technical assistance to rural health care providers and organizations and provides healthcare-related information to rural healthcare stakeholders. SORH serves as a liaison between rural healthcare organizations and many DHHS programs. It also includes the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, which supports the Critical Access Hospitals and the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program.

Workforce Development

Workforce Development works with each of the above program areas to increase or retain the supply of health professionals serving New Hampshire. There is a particular focus on those professionals whose service will meet the needs of rural and underserved populations. Workforce Development administers New Hampshire's State Loan Repayment Program, the J1 Visa Waiver (Conrad 30) program, and the National Interest Waiver program.

Legislative Commission on the Interdisciplinary Primary Care Workforce
Established in 2010, the Legislative Commission on the Interdisciplinary Primary Care Workforce, formerly the Legislative Commission on Primary Care Workforce Issues (RSA 126-T), is an ongoing commission to plan and advocate for policy changes related to maintaining and strengthening an effective primary care workforce in New Hampshire, with a special concern for rural and other underserved areas. Members represent a wide array of health professions and primary care interests. The commission meets monthly and the meetings are open to the public. 2021 Meeting Schedule Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

Committee duties shall include the following:

  • Reviewing the impact of existing policies related to strengthening New Hampshire’s primary care workforce and making recommendations relative to appropriate use of funds for workforce retention, training, education, and recruitment.
  • Collecting and reviewing data and information that informs decisions and planning for the primary care workforce and looking for innovative ways for expanding New Hampshire’s primary care resources including but not limited to, interstate collaboration and the use of telehealth.
  • Assembling and disseminating in its reports, as required under RSA 126-T:4, data related to availability, accessibility, and effectiveness of primary care in New Hampshire, with special attention to such data in rural and underserved areas of the state in order to inform state policy and planning.
  • Exploring and developing strategies to further the integration of primary care, oral health, and behavioral health.

  • For meeting agendas, notes, presentations and supplemental materials, please visit the Legislative Commission on the Interdisciplinary Primary Care Workforce page.
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