Priority: Increase state funding for FIND from $100,000 to $500,000 for SFY22.
Keeping Iowa-trained dentists in the state is vital to meeting the oral health needs of Iowans. The FIND program offers dental education loan repayment awards to dentists in exchange for agreeing to practice in a dental shortage area and dedicating 35 percent of patient visits to underserved populations. Since its inception in 2002, 52 private-practice dentists have been placed in rural areas of Iowa. Expanding the support of this state-matching fund program from $100,000 to $500,000 for SFY22 will allow for more dentists to participate and increase access to care for underserved Iowans, particularly in rural areas.