James W. Hunt, Jr. has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers since 1979. Over his 30-year tenure, Hunt has focused on stabilizing health center financing; expanding health center services to the homeless, seasonal farm workers, and persons with disabilities; developing the health center workforce; and replicating best practices across the health center network. More recently, Mr. Hunt has helped to steer the Commonwealth's 52 health centers through the unchartered waters of health reform, where health centers are at the forefront of the state's efforts to implement near-universal coverage for its residents.
In recognition of his leadership on behalf of community-based health care, Mr. Hunt has sat on several state commissions and was named a founding member of the board of directors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. On a national level, Mr. Hunt is certified as an association executive through the American Society of Association Executives; is the former president of the National Association of Community Health Centers; and was the 1996 recipient of the prestigious Johnson and Johnson Community Health Care Award for an innovative health outreach project for Greater Boston's underserved women and children.
Mr. Hunt is an adjunct professor at the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University and, in 2005, was the first Geiger Gibson Distinguished Visitor 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.