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. The Iowa Hospital Association collects relevant information for health care providers to help move workforce issues forward.
- American Hospital Association Physician Alliance. Developed specifically for physicians in American Hospital Association-member organizations, the alliance fosters shared decision-making and forges a common language among health care leaders.
- Future Ready Iowa. This connects Iowans to the education and training required for good paying jobs and careers to improve people's lives.
- Iowa Area Education Agencies Personalized Student Learning System. An Iowa Hospital Association Council for Education and Members Services work group collaboration with the Iowa Area Education Agencies to develop an educational module for students in grades 6-12 highlighting health care careers.
- 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 Healthcare Workforce Strategic Planning and Stakeholder Engagement Initiative. This shares input from local communities and health care workforce stakeholders to identify solutions that would advance Iowa’s health care workforce. January 2021.
- 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.
- National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program. Loan repayment and scholarship programs.
- Nursing Workforce survey data. This survey data examines the supply, use, access, need and demand in the nursing workforce. 1977-2018.
- Opportunities in Health Science: Iowa Career Pathways. Collects promotional materials and career pathways that highlight a range of career opportunities offered in Iowa’s health sciences. September 2018.
- Rural Recruitment and Retention Network. Resources for health professionals seeking careers in rural and underserved communities.
- Strengthening the health care workforce: Strategies for now, near and far. This report, developed under the guidance of the American Hospital Association board of trustees’ Task Force on Workforce and with input from many American Hospital Association members, helps hospitals navigate workforce challenges and opportunities, and highlights strategies and resources to help these pivotal efforts. January 2022.
- University of Iowa Health Care STEM Education. This program works to building the kindergarten through high school pipeline in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Programs are robust and engaging over 20,000 students annually. Programs include on- and off-campus engagement, as well as virtual resources.
- Virtual Mini Medical School. Expand your medical knowledge without taking the Medical College Admission Test. Des Moines University’s five-session, Tuesday evening series explores interesting, relevant topics in an accessible style appropriate for all audiences, middle school age and up. January 2022.
Email Craig Borchard at IHA with questions or additions to this list.