"John Santistevan joined Salud in 1996. Mr. Santistevan is responsible for establishing the strategic course and overseeing all operations of the organization. Prior to becoming the President/CEO Mr. Santistevan was promoted to Deputy President /CEO in August of 2013. Mr. Santistevan served as Salud’s Chief Financial Officer for Salud for seventeen years. In his role, he has been on the front lines of providing access to all members of the community, with a focus on health equity, establishing a strategic direction for the organization that provides underserved children and family’s quality health care, regardless of ability to pay. Under his leadership Salud clinics have developed strong community partnerships with hospitals, specialty physician groups, mental health agencies and public health departments to provide a diverse referral network to Salud patients.
Mr. Santistevan has been a board member on several organizations for numerous years. He currently sits on the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Executive Committee as Treasurer. John sits on the following board of directors: National Center for Farmworkers Health Association, the Colorado Health Provider Association, Colorado Community Health Network, Colorado Community Managed Care Network, Community Health Provider Association, Community Health Association of Mountain/Plain States and the Trinidad Miners Baseball Alumni Association. Mr. Santistevan was a prior board member and Treasurer of Colorado Access. Mr. Santistevan was the recipient of the NACHC Jeffrey T. Latman Leadership in Health Care Finance Award in 2010 and the Betsey K. Cooke Grassroots MVP Award in 2016. In 2021, John received the much celebrated and sentimental Stanley J. Brasher Community Health Gratitude Award, an award named by the prior Salud CEO, Jerry Brasher, and longtime health center advocate."