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.
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 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.