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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, Retention, and Education (RREC) 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.

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Since 2008 our regional Recruitment, Retention, and Education programs have:

  • Added 15 local healthcare education programs.
  • Orchestrated over 250 job shadow placements for local students
  • Facilitated and supported the recruitment of 35+ healthcare providers to our region

Join Our Healthcare Community

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, learn from the image below how you can enter the North Country Health Careers Pipeline.

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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.

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