Recruitment Center Success: Celebrating 120 Placements

February 25, 2022

Established in 2009 as a service to our members, the Iowa PCA Recruitment Center program assists Iowa community health centers (CHCs) in recruiting and retaining qualified, mission-driven providers to care for under-resourced populations in both rural and urban areas.

Across the nation, the provider shortage continues to grow, and this shortage is felt most profoundly in rural and under-resourced communities. The Recruitment Center aims to assist these communities by attracting qualified candidates that are a good fit for the community and the CHC. Using a variety of tactics – posting job openings on multiple platforms, communicating with potential candidates, phone screening qualified candidates, and presenting candidate summaries and resumes to health centers – the Recruitment Center provides efficiency for CHCs.

The Recruitment Center primarily targets providers including MD/DOs, Dentists, NPs, PAs, RNs, Dental Hygienists, etc. However, what started out as a service focusing on physician and mid-level clinicians has now expanded to reach a variety of health center staff roles. In the last three years, the Iowa PCA Recruitment Center has successfully placed roles including Controller, CFO, COO, and Referral Coordinator, in addition to clinical staff.

In fiscal year 2020-2021, the Recruitment Center had a record-breaking year with 25 placements. Despite the many challenges of provider recruitment, we prevailed and succeeded in partnership with the eleven Iowa CHC’s who are part of the Recruitment Center. The addition of nine placements in the current 2021-2022 fiscal year brings the Recruitment Center total to 120 placements since its creation in 2009.

Accessing high quality, affordable healthcare is a fundamental right that all Iowans should be able to utilize. Due to the growing needs of our communities, focusing on recruiting and retaining staff is critical to help CHCs achieve our vision of health equity for all. The healthcare system is moving towards value-based care – a shift from quantity to quality – so ensuring we can expand CHCs’ capacity to care is critical. Additional providers and support staff will allow us to continue to serve more patients and provide community-based solutions to address the needs of our communities. 

Thank you to all of our health centers who participate in the Recruitment Center. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings.