The Iowa Health Professions Tracking Center

The Iowa Health Professions Tracking Center, operated by OSCEP, maintains continuous inventories of Iowa's major health professions:

  • physicians 
  • pharmacists
  • dentists
  • physician assistants
  • advanced practice nurses

Established in 1977, the Iowa Physician Information System served as the model for the creation of the other health professions tracking systems. In 1994, the Iowa General Assembly approved the Primary Care Initiative, a state supported program designed to augment the state’s efforts to produce primary care doctors. In FY 1995, the Primary Care Initiative was expanded and part of the funds were designated for the purpose of establishing and operating the Iowa Health Professions Inventory, a database for continuous tracking of Iowa’s health professions workforce.

Theresa Dunkin

Division Director


The Iowa Health Professions Inventory (IHPI)

The Iowa Health Professions Inventory, contains demographic, educational, and professional information for over 11, 000 actively practicing Iowa health care providers. The inventory characterizes the health care workforce (e.g., age, gender, and worksite), monitors trends, and facilitates research on the state’s health care workforce. Its benchmarking capacity enables users to track changes in supply and geographic distribution over time. The tracking system is monitored and updated on a continuous basis, incorporating changes in the workforce due to deaths, retirements, relocations, and new practitioners entering practice.

IHPI enables users to chart specific trends, forecast changes in the state’s health professions workforce, characterize the workforce demographically, and gauge the return on the state’s investments in health professions education. 

Advisory committees for pharmacists, dentists, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants were established to guide development of their respective health professions tracking system. The advisory committees were essential to the initial design and development of the tracking systems. They continue to play an important role in reviewing the data and supporting the user guidelines and policies.


Iowa Tracking System Advisory Committee Members

Advanced Practice Nurse Tracking System

Judith Collins, MA, ARNP

President

Iowa Nurses Association



Brenda Hoskins, DNP, MSN, ARNP, GNP-BC

Iowa Nurse Practitioner Society



Diane Huber, PhD, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC

Professor

University of Iowa College of Nursing



Kathleen Weinberg, MSN, RN

Executive Director

Iowa Board of Nursing



Kendra Williams-Perez, EdD, RN, CNE

Professor and Dean, Allen College of Nursing

Iowa Association of Colleges of Nursing

Dentist Tracking System

David Johnsen, DDS

Dean

University of Iowa College of Dentistry

Galen Schneider, DDS

Executive Associate Dean

University of Iowa College of Dentistry



Raymond Kuthy, DDS, MPH

Professor, Preventive and Community Dentistry

University of Iowa College of Dentistry



Susan McKernan, DMD, M.S., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Preventive and Community Dentistry

University of Iowa College of Dentistry

Jill Stuecker

Executive Director

Iowa Board of Dental Examiners



Perry Grimes, DDS

Member

Iowa Dental Association

Physician Assistant Tracking System

David Asprey, PhD, PA-C

Chair & DEO, Physician Assistant Studies & Services

University of Iowa

Warren Gall, MD

Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies

University of Dubuque  

Susan Koehler, PA-C

Chairman

Iowa Board of Physician Assistants

Kerry Humes, MD

Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies

St. Ambrose University   

Joel Rand, PA-C

Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies

Des Moines University

Tina Patterson, PA-C

Representative, Iowa Physician Assistant Society

Pharmacist Tracking System

Michael Andreski, RPh, PhD

Assistant Professor of Social and Administrative Pharmacy

Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Jay D. Currie, BS Pharm, PharmD, FCCP, FAPhA

Clinical Professor, Applied Clinical Sciences

Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science

University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

 Barbara Kelley, BBA, BA

Strategic Communications Director

University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

Michael W. Kelly, PharmD

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Clinical Professor, Applied Clinical Sciences

Associate Dean for Professional Education

University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

Anthony Pudlo, PharmD, MBA

Vice President of Professional Affairs

Iowa Pharmacy Association                

Therese (Terry) Witkowski

Executive Officer

Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners