James W. Hunt, Jr., PhD
James W. Hunt, Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (the League), was born, raised and still lives in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester.
As both a state and national community health leader, Jim has worked to promote the value of health centers in improving access to quality health care and in reducing costs across the health system. Since 2006, Jim has helped steer the health center network through the uncharted waters of state health reform where health centers remain at the forefront of the Commonwealth's efforts to ensure near-universal health coverage for its residents. More recently, Jim has been working to strengthen the role of health centers under newly emerging health care payment and delivery models, and to meet federal reform goals tied to increasing the numbers of patients served by the nation's community health centers.
Jim is an adjunct professor at the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University. In 2002, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the New England College of Optometry. He was also the first Geiger Gibson Distinguished Visitor in Community Health Policy at the George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services. The award is given to an individual who has exhibited extraordinary and sustained leadership in community health policy. Most recently, Jim was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute and University in Ohio.