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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 10:27am

From the IOWA Alumni Magazine:

Doctors, teachers, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, and lawyers use their university degrees to make a very real difference to the quality of Iowans’ lives. The University of Iowa educates many of these professionals—including half of all Iowa physicians, 47 percent of pharmacists, and 80 percent of dentists and teachers and administrators.

County by county, a new website details the UI’s impact across the entire state. Developed by Information Technology Services in partnership with the Office of the President and the Office of Governmental Relations, the site ( shows how many of these “Hometown Hawkeyes” are located in each of Iowa’s 99 counties, along with information about the number of residents who received UI healthcare services and the amount of economic support that the UI provided through purchases from local companies.

Pottawattamie County in Southwest Iowa, for example, boasts 645 UI alumni who use their UI education and experiences to contribute to the county’s economy and impact the lives of their neighbors. Twenty of the county’s doctors, 14 dentists, 12 pharmacists, three advanced practice nurses, and 88 educators graduated from the UI.

The website lists the number of current UI students who hail from Pottawattamie (198), breaking them down by undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and disciplines. It also shows that last year 757 county residents received services from UI Hospitals and Clinics, while another 271 benefited from UI outreach specialty clinics or its visiting nurse program. That same year, the State Hygienic Laboratory at the UI performed 10,243 tests in the county—from disease detection and environmental monitoring to newborn and maternal screenings. The university also supported Pottawattamie economically, making purchases of $129,418 from 18 local companies.

“The impact our alumni, students, faculty, and staff have throughout our great state is both inspiring and overwhelming in its breadth and scope,” says President Mason. “As I travel the state, I want to be able to show everyone from Scott County to Pottawattamie County exactly how the UI is positively impacting their community and making life better for everyone.”