Health Professions Data Center
The Division of Public Health Services developed the Health Professions Data Center (HPDC) to collect and store key practice and capacity data from primary care-associated, licensed health care providers in NH.
The Division of Public Health Services developed the Health Professions Data Center (HPDC) to collect and store key practice and capacity data from primary care-associated, licensed health care providers in NH. Data is used for health care access planning and workforce assessment and informs:
- Federal shortage designations, which brings providers and grant funding to underserved areas of the state;
- Recruitment/Retention initiatives including scholarships, loan repayment, and waiver programs;
- The development and expansion of existing educational programs and employment training programs;
- Emergency preparedness; and
- Health workforce policy.
Survey implementation began in 2018 for the following healthcare provider types:
- Physician Assistants (PAs)
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs)
- Pastoral Psychotherapists (LPPs)
- Independent Clinical Social Workers (LICSWs)
- Mental Health Counselors (LCMHCs)
- Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs)
Survey implementation began in 2019 for the following provider types:
- Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADCs/MLADCs)
In 2021, survey implementation began for registered dental hygienists (RDHs); and in 2022, survey implementation began for dentists.
The Health Professions Data Center anticipates survey implementation for the following provider types in subsequent years:
- Select providers from the Office of Licensed Allied Health Professionals
The data collected is confidential and protected; it is only be used for the aforementioned purposes.
- House Bill 1692, Chapter 114:2, authorizes the State Office of Rural Health (SORH) to collect primary care workforce supply and capacity data:The State Office of Rural Health, Department of Health and Human Services shall collect and organize data regarding the current and anticipated supply of health care professionals who make up the state’s primary care workforce and the current and anticipated demand for primary care services in the state in the future and report such data to the commission established in section 1 of this act. The state office of rural health shall also plan and budget for a New Hampshire health professions workforce data center which shall collect such data in the future.
- On June 16, 2017, Governor Chris Sununu signed HB 322 (Laws of 2017, Chapter 131; RSA 126-A:5, XVIII(c)) into law, authorizing participating health professions licensing boards to adopt rules requiring licensees to complete the Health Professions Survey during license renewal cycles.
- On July 24, 2019, the Governor signed HB 127 (Laws of 2019, Chapter 131; RSA 126-A:5, XVIII(c)), amending the previous statute (HB 322) to mandate workforce survey participation by participating health professions boards and requiring completion of the survey or opt-out form as a condition of license renewal.
- (131:2): The State Office of Rural Health (SORH) is charged to collect workforce data from surveys completed by participating health care professionals during the license renewal cycles. The SORH will analyze and release aggregated data results to inform policy regarding the current and future needs of New Hampshire’s primary care workforce expanding primary care capacity.