Cristie Duric
Tel: 515-229-3913

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.

Key Points

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, 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
  • 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

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 Funding Opportunity Search and Grant Management System. Contracts begin each January with approximately 8-12 successful applicants.

Eligibility Requirements

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

Private Practices

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

Free Clinics

Mobile Units

School-based Programs

Critical Access Hospitals affiliated with a qualified outpatient clinic

Long-term Care Facilities

State Mental Health Facilities

Eligible Health Care Discipline

Max Award

- Primary care physician MD/DO

Family Medicine

Internal Medicine




Psychiatry Gen. Practitioners

- Gen. & Ped. Dentistry DDS/DMD

- Pharmacist (Pharm)


- Nurse Practitioners (NP) and Physician Assistants (PA)




Psychiatry/mental health


Women’s health

- 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)




MESSAGE TO J-1 VISA PRACTITIONERS: Please contact hospitals and clinics directly to discuss employment opportunities. If you receive a job offer, the hiring facility will contact our office to obtain a J-1 waiver on your behalf. Waivers are not issued directly to practitioners. Please do not contact a facility if the Iowa job description indicates "Not a J-1 Visa site." 

J-1 waivers are available in Iowa's health professional shortage areas (HPSA) and medically underserved areas (MUA and MUP).

J1 Contact Information

Kevin Wooddell
Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Policy and Workforce Services
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Phone: 515-281-6765
Fax: 515-242-6384
Iowa Department of Public Health

Cristie Duric
Bureau of Policy and Workforce Services
Primary Care Office
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Phone: 515-229-3913
Iowa Department of Public Health


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