Advocacy in New Hampshire Procures More Funding for Provider Recruitment
by Beth Blevins
Loan repayment is a tool to recruit providers to shortage areas. In New Hampshire, recent legislation has boosted its State Loan Repayment Program so that it can be used more broadly and for a wider range of providers. The legislation arose from the efforts of the New Hampshire Health Care Workforce Coalition, said Alisa Druzba, Director of the New Hampshire State Office of Rural Health.
“About five years ago I asked my peers how they got more workforce funding in their states, and every one of them told me it was the function of partners coming together and picking one to five legislative priorities,” Druzba said. “That’s how they got money and how they started to gain momentum. That’s what we did in New Hampshire.”