Workforce resources

The core mission of Iowa hospitals and health systems is caring for people. To fulfill that mission, hospitals and health systems need compassionate, skilled, trained and dedicated professionals. Investment in a qualified and engaged multidisciplinary workforce is essential because health care is a labor-intensive field requiring continuous staffing to achieve optimal quality outcomes. IHA collects relevant information for health care providers to help move workforce issues forward.


  • Your Profession. Your Future IHA workforce ad campaign. Health care career? Get help getting started. Make a difference! Make good money! Learn more about career opportunities in health care and health sciences.
  • Earn and Learn. A partnership between Mercy Medical Center and Coe College to help Coe students complete nursing degrees with little to no debt – all while gaining valuable, on-the-job experience as they prepare to enter the workforce. June 2022.
  • Strengthening the health care workforce: Strategies for now, near and far. A report, developed under the guidance of the AHA Board of Trustees’ Task Force on Workforce and with input from many AHA members, will help hospitals navigate workforce challenges and opportunities, as well as highlight strategies and resources to help these pivotal efforts. January 2022.
  • Virtual Mini Medical School. Expand your medical knowledge without taking the MCAT. Des Moines University’s five-session, Tuesday evening series explores interesting, relevant topics in an accessible style appropriate for all audiences, aged middle school and up. January 2022.
  • Iowa Work-based Learning Guide. A resource for Iowa health care providers, educators and community-support partners interested in developing or improving health science work-based learning opportunities for students and job seekers. September 2021.
  • Iowa Healthcare Workforce Strategic Planning and Stakeholder Engagement Initiative. Input from local communities and health care workforce stakeholders to identify actionable solutions that would advance Iowa’s health care workforce. January 2021.
  • Opportunities in Health Science: Iowa Career Pathways. Promotional materials and career pathways that highlight a range of career opportunities offered in Iowa’s health sciences industry. September 2018.
  • Nursing Workforce Survey Data. Surveys data about the supply, use, access, need and demand in the nursing workforce. 1977-2018.
  • AEA Personalized Student Learning System. An IHA Council for Education and Members Services workgroup Iowa Area Education Agencies collaboration to develop an educational module for students in grades 6-12 highlighting health care careers.
  • Corps Loan Repayment Program. National Health Service Corps loan repayment and scholarship programs.
  • Future Ready Iowa. Connects Iowans to the education and training required for good paying jobs and careers to improve people's lives.
  • Iowa Center for Nursing Workforce. Nursing workforce centers address nursing workforce challenges in the areas of supply, demand and education, to ensure an adequate supply of qualified nurses to achieve population health in the United States.
  • Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation. Awards health care scholarships (including emergency medical technicians/technologists) to fill Iowa health care positions that have a notable number of openings.
  • AHA Physician Alliance. Developed specifically for physicians within AHA-member organizations, the alliance fosters shared decision-making and forges a common language among all health care leaders.
  • Primary Care Recruitment and Retention Endeavor. Loan repayment program that supports local efforts to recruit and retain qualified health care practitioners to provide primary care services in Iowa.
  • Rural Recruitment and Retention Network. Resources for health professionals seeking careers in rural and underserved communities.

Email Craig Borchard at IHA with questions or additions to this list.


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