Iowa - Southwest

Cristie Duric
Tel: 515-229-3913

The southwest region of Iowa is bordered by the Missouri River on the west, Interstate 35 to the east, rolling farmlands and Interstate 80 to the north, and the Iowa/Missouri border on the south.

Any point in the region is within two hours of a major metropolitan area—Omaha/Council Bluffs or Des Moines or Kansas City. Despite the proximity to centers of commerce and culture, the southwest portion of Iowa has a distinct “western” feel. It is a region of wide horizons and prairie sunsets, and includes the spectacular natural landscape of the Loess Hills formed during a receding ice age.

Small communities throughout SW Iowa offer revitalized downtowns as well as museums, antiquing, and heritage festivals. The Lewis and Clark Trail follows the Missouri River through this region of the state. History buffs can also visit a French communal colony in Corning, a Mormon settlement near Shenandoah, and a Danish festival in Elk Horn.

The southwest Iowa region covers 16 of Iowa’s 99 counties, including: Adair, Adams, Audubon, Cass, Clarke, Decatur, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Shelby, Taylor and Union.

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 Health Care Access
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 Oral and Health Delivery System
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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