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

Laurie Traetow
Executive Director
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