New Hampshire Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Analysis

Dates: 2008-2009

State: New Hampshire

Client(s): NH DHHS

Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Training & Technical Assistance, Health Systems Transformation

Technical Expertise: State and Local Public Health

The NH Office of Rural Health and Primary Care has, for many years, contracted with the Community Health Institute/JSI (CHI/JSI) to conduct health care capacity shortage designations and to provide technical support covering all aspects of HPSA/MUA/P designations. This includes tracking and processing designation renewals, assessing and preparing new designations, working with providers and community members interested in programs accessed through various designations, interfacing with the federal Office of Shortage Designation (OSD) staff, and developing/maintaining a GIS (mapping) enabled database of all pertinent information related to designations and the designation process.

In 2009, the CHI worked with the NH DHHS, the Board of Medicine, and the Governor's office to develop and field the state''s first comprehensive physician capacity survey.