Dentists are FINDing Opportunities in Rural Iowa

posted on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in News

The FIND (Fulfilling Iowa’s Need for Dentists) initiative was developed to address the state’s FIND Program Logoshortage of practicing dentists and bring dental care closer to home for all Iowans. IADG became a partner in this initiative nearly a decade ago and actively works to connect future dentists with potential locations throughout Iowa. This map illustrates program success through the 44 dentists who 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.

Iowa utility partners are supporting the effort by securing federal funding. Since 2006, USDA Rural Development has provided nearly $3 million in Rural Economic Development Loan and Grants (REDL&G) to 13 rural electric or independent telecommunication companies that have provided pass-through loans or revolving loan fund dollars to dentists to help establish their practices or expand services in rural Iowa.

Recent placements include:Map showing investment in dental practices in Iowa through FIND

Dr. Kathryn Handtke, Schroeder Family Dental, Greenfield
Dr. Melanie Norton, Roth Dental Care, Keosauqua
Dr. Dan Scarrow, Jewell Family Dentistry, Jewell
Dr. Allison Shields, Harlan Dental, Harlan

Partners in FIND include Delta Dental, Iowa Department of Public Health, The University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Ripple Effect, and IADG.

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