Focused on Needs of Health Care Workforce
The Endowment received more than $1.9 million from the NH Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association. These funds will be held as part of the Endowment's permanent corpus, and the earnings from their investment used to support health care providers serving medically underserved populations through the newly created Forward Fund.
The Endowment’s allocation of the Forward Fund resources is advised by a stakeholder group that includes representatives from the Legislative Commission on Primary Care Workforce, Bi-State Primary Care Association, New Hampshire Hospital Association, New Hampshire Area Health Education Centers, University of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and Integrated Delivery Networks.
The advisory group's input helped the Endowment to set a focus for the Forward Fund in its first three to five years. The focus of grantmaking within the Forward Fund will be responsive to workforce issues over time.
In March 2020 the Endowment for Health Board of Directors approved $87,500 in grants from the Forward Fund to address workforce shortage issues related to policy and practice barriers to licensure for health care workers, as well as assessing best practices for increasing clinical placements.