Welcome to Iowa’s Rural Recruitment and Retention website! Iowa is a great place to live and work, with its rolling fields, big open sky, charming towns, and exciting city life. We invite you to browse the links to the right for more information about Iowa, and click on the different regions in Iowa to learn more about the unique offerings throughout this diverse state.
Iowa is regularly cited in national publications as a top pick for raising a family, exciting local and national entertainment options, and providing great places to work. Here are a few of the recent rankings:
- According to Trulia.com, Iowa is the second cheapest housing in the nation.
- At 99%, Iowa has the highest literacy rate in the country, and at 90%, we have the highest graduation rate. Iowa also consistently ranks top in the nation for SAT and ACT test scores.
- With a low overall crime rate and second lowest murder rate, Iowa is the sixth safest place to live, according to Movoto.com.
- In Iowa, you will never be bored with the endless summer heat because we have four seasons and each one is more beautiful than the last.
- One of the best things about Iowa is that there isn't a lot of traffic. There are almost never traffic jams, especially if you live in a small town or suburb.
- You won’t have to move to retire, as Iowa was ranked the second-best place to retire, after Hawaii, by MoneyRates.com
If You See a Position of Interest
Contact Iowa hospitals and clinics directly to discuss opportunities listed on 3R Net. Each Iowa job description includes a contact name and phone number or e-mail address.
When registering, “other" positions cover health-related opportunities not individually listed on 3R Net, to include Dietician, MT/MLT, Radiology Tech, Physical Therapist, Respiratory Therapist, Speech Therapist and various administrative options.
State Loan Repayment
Iowa offers a Primary Care Loan Repayment Program. This grant program provides assistance with repayment of educational loans to primary care medical, dental, and mental health practitioners in exchange for a minimum 2-year service obligation at an eligible practice sites located in a health professional shortage area (HPSA). For more information and when to apply, visit the IDPH Rural Health Program Webpage
PRIMECARRE applications are accepted annually through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. The RFP packet is posted each fall on the Iowa Department of Public Health website and in the IowaGrants.gov Funding Opportunity Search and Grant Management System. Contracts begin each January with approximately 8-12 successful applicants.
Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. naturalized citizen.
Must have qualifying educational loans.
Must agree to service obligation.
Must practice at an eligible practice site/s.
Must be licensed, board eligible, or board-certified to practice in the state of Iowa as a health care provider.
Must practice in an eligible discipline.
Eligible Practice Sites
CMS Certified Rural Health Clinics
FQHCs or FQHC Look-A-Likes
Indian Health Service Facilities, Tribally-Operated 638 Health Programs, and Urban Indian Health Programs
Correctional or Detention Facilities
Community Outpatient Facilities
Community Mental Health Facilities
State and County Health Department Clinics
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Health Service Corps
Critical Access Hospitals affiliated with a qualified outpatient clinic
Long-term Care Facilities
State Mental Health Facilities
Eligible Health Care Discipline
- Primary care physician MD/DO
Psychiatry Gen. Practitioners
- Gen. & Ped. Dentistry DDS/DMD
- Pharmacist (Pharm)
- Nurse Practitioners (NP) and Physician Assistants (PA)
- Psychiatric Nurse Specialist (PNS)
- Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
- Health Service Psychologist (HSP)
- Licensed Social Worker (LMSW/LCSW/LISW)
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)
- Registered Clinical Dental Hygienist (RDH)
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (certified)