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Our members know their states! Learn about the culture of "Iowa nice" and why this state is a hidden gem in our latest blog post from our Iowa member, Katie!

Name: Katie Kenny 

City, State: Urbandale, Iowa

Organization: Iowa Primary Care Association

How long have you lived in Iowa? Why do you choose to live there? Twenty-nine years and I was born and raised here. I love the people here. We use the term “Iowa Nice” and it really is true. In the smaller towns, you will see people wave at each other as they pass and people are always willing to help others they may not even know.

How is 3RNet impacting IowaHaving the ability to post jobs for candidates to search for rural and underserved areas is great for us. It is difficult to get to the right people when sourcing, so having a website that the candidate knows they can go to is really beneficial.

What are the best cultural events that happen in Iowa? The Iowa State Fair is an amazing event. If you want something on a stick, you can generally find it at our fair. You don’t want to miss out on seeing the large butter cow!

Why should a health professional choose Iowa over surrounding states? Our state has consistently been ranked in the top for states to live based on healthcare and economy. We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. The cost of living is low and because we are “Iowa Nice”.

What loan repayment programs does Iowa have? Anything that makes those programs unique?

PRIMECARRE- offers up to $50,000 for two years of service. It is set up similar to NHSC but the HPSA scores aren’t weighted as high. 

How is the J-1 Visa Waiver program utilized in Iowa? We typically use all 30 waivers for J1s in the state.

Are healthcare professionals valued in Iowa? Do you have any examples?

With so many rural areas in Iowa, rural providers are highly valued. When talking to rural physicians, they love that they know their patients from birth and can care for the whole family. Rural medicine can give a provider a full spectrum in the state of Iowa. 

Why do people travel to Iowa? Iowa State Fair, Adventureland and AdventureBay, having 4 seasons

What sports teams does your Iowa have? The two big teams are The University of Iowa (Hawkeyes) and Iowa State University (Cyclones) 

What is your favorite local food? Fong’s Pizza in Des Moines

What is Iowa best known for? Corn and Drake Relays

What is the biggest misconception about Iowa? I think Iowa is a hidden gem. I hear providers say that all the time. The cost of living is so low in comparison to the coasts. The work-life balance and lack of traffic gives providers the opportunity to spend time with family instead of driving through large cities after work.

What are the biggest industries in Iowa? Agriculture and food production, renewable energy, advanced manufacturing

How is the weather/climate in Iowa? We get all four seasons and we love it that way!

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