Jeanne Ryer

Jean Ryer
Phone: (603) 513-5126
Office: UNH CHHS Institute for Health Policy and Practice, 10 White Street, Concord, NH 03301

Jeanne has been Director of the Initiative since 2011, leading its work to identify and tackle tackles critical gaps in the coordination and delivery of health care in New Hampshire. While at the Initiative she has led our work on integrating behavioral health for adults and children, quality improvement and health care transformation toward valued-based care, and the development our Project ECHO programming, as well as numerous other projects.

Before becoming the Initiative Director, Jeanne had a 15-year career in health and community philanthropy, working to improve access to health and health care.  She also served as a consultant specializing in community health and human services planning and primary health care access, focusing on the needs of the underserved in rural and remote areas. Earlier in her career she worked in direct service, patient education, and program administration in community health programs. She is author and co-author of several books, including one of the early guides to the Internet and others on accessing health and medical information online.

Jeanne has spent her life and career working to improve health and health care for everyone, but most especially for rural and underserved populations and all who are vulnerable. Her research and professional interests include population perceptions of health and well-being and the use of multi-stakeholder collaboratives in health systems transformation.

Jeanne serves on the Legislative Commission on Interdisciplinary  Primary Care Workforce and the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council.


  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Plymouth State University
  • M.Sc., Health Policy, Dartmouth Medical School
  • B.A., Publications, University of New Hampshire