The North Country Health Consortium has been awarded a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Rural Health Workforce Development Program for $600,000 over the next three years. According to Executive Director Martha McLeod the North Country Health Consortium is one of twenty grantees in the country to receive funding for this pilot project. The funding is to develop innovative community-based educational and clinical health training programs to encourage the recruitment and retention of emerging health professionals into our rural communities.
The grant is part of a national initiative to increase the number of primary care and allied health providers that practice in rural areas. Adele Woods, president of the North Country Health Consortium Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Coos County Family Health Services, says that this program “will be critical to ensuring that there will be adequate numbers of trained health care workers in the North Country in the coming years.”
The North Country Health Consortium is a rural health network with a mission to improve the health of North Country residents through innovative collaboration. According to McLeod, this grant provides support for new approaches using a network model to create unique training opportunities for students where they will gain insight into both the people and communities of the North Country. All twenty members of the North Country Health Consortium signed a memorandum of agreement to participate in the development and implementation of a health workforce training program.
Members represent an array of health and human service providers, including Coos County Family Health Services, Northern Human Services, Androscoggin Valley Hospital, North Country Home Health & Hospice, The Morrison Nursing Home, Mid-State Health Center, Grafton County Nursing Home, Littleton Regional Hospital, Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Androscoggin Valley Home Care, New Hampshire State Office of Rural Health, Tri-County Community Action Program, Weeks Medical Center, 45th Parallel EMS, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, Family Resource Center, Grafton County ServiceLink, New Hampshire Catholic Charities, Indian Stream Health Center, Cottage Hospital. McLeod explained that “this opportunity will strengthen the collaborative relationships within the network and provide a unique opportunity for students to become involved and engaged in community activities.”
North Country Health Consortium is partnering with Dartmouth Medical School, The Dartmouth Institute, Franklin Pierce Physician Assistant program, White Mountain Community College, the New Hampshire Area Health Education Center, and the state Office of Rural Health to develop and implement this three year initiative.
For more information about this grant and our new initiative, contact Martha McLeod, Executive Director or Nancy Frank, Workforce Development Director at the North Country Health Consortium, 603-837-2519 .
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