New Hampshire partners have mobilized to launch bold, innovative projects to address the state’s need for a dedicated, robust healthcare workforce.

Dedicated advocates have launched over 50 initiatives to address the pressing healthcare workforce needs in their communities and throughout New Hampshire.

HealthForce NH works to raise awareness and create connections across these initiatives.

Below we highlight some exciting projects underway to grow, retain, and sustain a robust and diverse healthcare workforce.

Explore These Featured Projects

Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW)

This 4-year, federally funded program, jointly administered by the UNH Institute for Health Policy and Practice, NH Citizens Health Initiative, and the UNH Department of Nursing helps to grow a strong nursing workforce, retain current talent, and build a resilient healthcare system by addressing three priority areas:

  • 1. Tuition support and training for registered nurses and nurse practitioners who desire to practice in NH’s rural and underserved primary care settings and are willing to commit to a 2-year obligation in this setting upon completion of the degree program;
  • 2. Dissemination of best practices in substance use and behavioral health treatment facilitated through modalities such as Project ECHO®, learning and sharing support, conference support, and dissemination of research; and
  • 3. Support for precepting providers and practices.
To date, over 100 awards have been issued to approximately 50 students. More than 130 community providers and staff have participated across 66 practices, 7 academic institutions, and 6 workforce partners. For more information, contact unh.anew@unh.edu or visit the website.

Apprenticeship NH

Coordinated by the Community College System of New Hampshire, this project pairs educators with employers to establish and fill registered apprenticeships. This supports the growth of multiple health career roles and assist students to train in real-world settings. Employers hire participants at the start of the apprenticeship period and advance wages as the apprentice gains skills and experience. The program provides technical assistance to employers, provides financial support to students, and connects students to additional funding opportunities to assist in covering the cost of education and training. The Apprenticeship NH-High School component connects healthcare employers to high school students and works with the employers to build engaging pre-apprenticeship programs in healthcare fields.

New Hampshire Needs Caregivers

Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNAs) provide critical personal care and health services to thousands of older adults and people with temporary or long term disabilities. The New Hampshire Needs Caregivers Healthcare Heroes in the Making program, in partnership with Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) Coordinators, supports the growth of LNA careers by helping high school students (16 years and older) start healthcare careers as licensed nursing assistants (LNAs) — at no cost. The program pays for training, uniform, and licensing costs and provides a great way for students to learn lifetime skills, get academic credit, and, gain clinical hours for the future. Upon completing the training, the program provides job placement support to participants to start their career. To learn more, please visit the website.

Rural Healthcare Grant Program

In early 2021, Dartmouth-Hitchcock received a federal grant to address workforce shortages in rural NH healthcare organizations. Twenty-three organizations partnered across the state to work together to grow the rural healthcare workforce through this project. The grant benefits NH organizations and communities who seek to hire, train, and retain employees in hard-to-fill, patient-facing roles. Funds are being used to develop training and apprenticeship programs, support continuing education for current healthcare workers to assist them in growing their careers, and invest in retention strategies to stabilize the existing workforce.

NH Behavioral Health Workforce Training

Rural residents in NH experience higher-than-average rates of most mental illnesses and substance use disorders and have a higher risk of suicide compared to other parts of the state and the country. Yet, recruiting and training professionals to work and stay in rural communities remains challenging. To address this need, the federal government awarded Dartmouth-Hitchcock a 4-year grant to lead a project to grow and sustain New Hampshire’s rural behavioral health workforce. The project is intended to assess workforce needs and provide training and mentoring to behavioral health clinicians, para-professionals, and other partners and residents in the rural NH communities to build clinical skills and capacity to meet resident needs. Partners in the project include the North Country Health Consortium, the Community Health Services Network, LLC, JSI Research & Training Institute Inc., the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Department of Psychiatry.