health workforce

Due to our region’s rural location in the far northern corner of New York State, recruiting and retaining an adequate supply of healthcare professionals has always been a struggle for our local providers. For years, however, FDRHPO has been committed to assisting with this process through the work of its long-term Regional Recruitment Program.

Whether it’s in local middle or high schools, at career fairs, or through partnerships with colleges, vocational schools and adult education programs, FDRHPO is working across the community to ensure our region’s healthcare workforce is strong now and into the future.

Initiatives like our Medical Academy of Science and Health (MASH) Camp for students in grades 8-12, career information, linkages to field experience opportunities, and other regional efforts to inform, guide, and connect to foster a robust pipeline of medical professionals within our region.

Since 2009, by leveraging federal, state and local funding and partnerships, our Regional Recruitment Program has…

  • …added 15 local healthcare education programs.
  • …helped 250+ students throughout job shadow programs.
  • …facilitated and supported the recruitment of 35+ providers to our region, including primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, psychiatrists, psychologists, physician assistants, certified diabetes educators and licensed clinical social workers.

Why Choose the North Country?

No matter where you are, the north is always a symbol of guidance and consistency, because it sets the course for all other directions.

When lost, one first looks to the north to find their way home.

Here in northern New York, we believe the same can be said about our healthcare system. Spanning Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, our “North Country” region is home to some of the finest medical professionals in the state, and we often see our work defining the work of other healthcare institutions across New York and even the United States.

Starting from the northwest on the picturesque waterfront of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, our region stretches southeast across the rolling landscape of the Tug Hill Plateau and into the rugged beauty of the Adirondack Mountains. Scattered throughout the three-county area are small waterways perfect for fishing and kayaking; forests for hiking, hunting and observing nature; and rural communities with friendly neighbors, historic buildings and safe schools for children.

Also in our region lies Fort Drum, home to the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army. As a close-knit member of our community for more than 30 years, Fort Drum is home to roughly 19,000 soldiers and their families — many of whom receive their healthcare in the community.

As a medical professional in the north country, you will have the opportunity to serve a diverse population and enjoy innovations that cannot be found elsewhere in the state, like our region’s robust health information network. You also may be eligible for financial incentives by working in a health professional shortage area.

Overall, you will find that our region is on the forefront of healthcare transformation and advancement, making it an ideal setting for healthcare professionals to learn, grow and thrive. So, if you are looking for a career in healthcare and you’re not sure where to go…

…look north and find home.

Whether you are a student, medical professional, or behavioral health practitioner, we invite you to join our healthcare community. If you’re ready to learn more and get started, click on the document below to learn how you can enter the North County Health Careers “Pipeline.”

This graphic is interactive, which means you can click on certain areas for more information! Can’t see the Pipeline? Click here to open it in a new page.

Want to learn more?

If you have questions about FDRHPO’s health workforce priorities or initiatives, our workforce team can help you out! Get to know us below to see who might be your best contact.


Pat Fontana
Deputy Director
Beth Solar
Workforce Outreach Coordinator