- Associated Press - Saturday, August 30, 2014

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - The University of New Hampshire has created a program to fill a need expressed by medical and social service professionals to bridge services provided by hospitals and those in the community.

The certificate program in community care coordination includes courses in a variety of areas, including health benefits, transportation needs, set up of in-home care, coordination of informal supports, assistance with activities of daily living, and hospital-home transitions.

The school says the positions are among the fastest-growing occupations in the health care field, with a projected growth in New Hampshire of more than 50 percent by 2020.

The flexible 19-credit program is currently enrolling students to begin this fall.

“For many people, the hospital’s coordination job ends once the patient is discharged,” says Laura Davie, co-director of UNH’s Center on Aging and Community Living, one of the groups sponsoring the new program. “Coordinating services across the medical and social service system requires a unique skill set. This program seeks to train individuals to fill that need.”

The Thompson School of Applied Science also is sponsoring the new certificate program.