Health Care Workforce Develpment

Chautauqua County, like many communities is facing a shortage of health professionals.  For this reason, CCHN has a number of initiatives focused on increasing the number of healthcare professionals.  

Health Professional Shortage Area - HPSA Designation

While the shortage of physicians is national in scope, the demand in rural areas has traditionally been stronger.  Fifty-one million people, or about one-fifth of the population live in non-metropolitan areas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  Twenty million of these live in Federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). The threshold ratio of population to primary care physicians is 3500:1.

Chautauqua County has 4 HPSA designations including 2 primary care, one dental and one mental  health. The two primary care designations include rural Chautauqua (geographic) and Jamestown (low income). 

Dental services have a full county low income HPSA. CCHN is actively involved in a number of initiatives, outlined in this section, which center around physician recruitment and growing the healthcare service sector.

Physician Recruitment

Chautauqua County is not immune from the physician shortage phenomenon faced by large and small communities across the nation.  

Physician recruitment has become increasingly competitive as the demand for and supply of physicians has changed.  Both the growth and the graying of the U.S. population have significantly increased the demand for healthcare services.  While on the supply side many physicians are reaching retirement age and fewer doctors are coming in. 

There are a number of indicators that point to a growing physician shortage in Chautauqua County.  According to the Community Needs Assessment 2008, published by Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. ,there are significant challenges in Chautauqua County in terms of health and mental health care access, exacerbated by a shortage of practitioners, lack of transportation and an ever increasing elderly population.   

For more information about physician recruitment efforts locally select this link to download – Physician Recruitment in Chautauqua County: Challenges and Opportunities/2009.

Stan Lundine Health Care Professional Endowment

Funds from this endowment created by CCHN’s first director, former Congressman and Lt. Gov. of NYS, Stan Lundine, are available annually to Chautauqua Integrated Delivery System (IDS) members for costs related to recruiting or retaining physicians within Chautauqua County.

Local Medical Student Opportunities

Medical Education Outreach Community Program (MECO)

The MECO program is a 6-week paid experience reserved for 1st and 2nd year medical students from Chautauqua County. The program offers a unique opportunity to rotate through and explore multiple disciplines in the medical field. Medical students can make requests of specific disciplines that they would like to explore before choosing the area they may choose to specialize. Click on the link on our homepage to download an application.


Medical Student Mixers

Twice a year CCHN and the IDS host a networking event to reach out to our local students enrolled in medical school or residency programs to allow them the opportunity to meet our physicians and hospital administrators. Students can build important connections and learn about exciting employment opportunities right here in Chautauqua County. The next mixer will be held on July 1, 2016 from 6 to 8 pm at the Shorewood County Club, 4958 W Lake Rd, Dunkirk.


Contact Us

For more information about opportunities for local medical students, please call Sarah Gilbert at 716-338-0010 x210 or email her at

Healthcare Career ADvantage Talent Pipeline Development Program

CCHN has partnered with the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) on the Healthcare Career Advantage - Talent Pipeline Development Program, a grow-your-own initiative funded by the Sheldon Foundation and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The program has served 375 students from six different school districts by introducing them to healthcare career possibilities through interactive workshops and career fairs as well as paid internships in the healthcare field. 

For more information, contact Katie Geise, Executive Director, Chautauqua Workforce Investment Board at 716-487-5116.

The 2016 Internship Application is available here:

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