on Thursday, June 7, 2018
Hazlett also spent time learning more about the FIND (Fulfilling Iowa’s Need for Dentists) program. To date, nearly $3 million USDA Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant (REDL&G) funds have supported 13 rural electric cooperative and independent telecommunications companies provide pass-through loans or revolving loan funds to establish or expand dental practices in rural Iowa. The FIND (Fulfilling Iowa’s Need for Dentists) initiative was developed to address the state’s shortage of practicing dentists and bring dental care closer to home for all Iowans. IADG became a partner in this initiative a decade ago and actively works to connect future dentists with potential locations throughout Iowa. As a result, 44 dentists have chosen to practice in Iowa. FIND can provide up to $100,000 in dental education financial assistance to new dentists dedicated to practicing in under-served areas of Iowa. For more information on FIND, contact IADG’s Bruce Hansen or Sue Cosner at 800-888-4743.