Tom Van Coverden is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). In a 40+ year tenure, he is credited with building a strong and effective organization which has become a powerful force transforming the ideas of nonprofit community health providers into a compelling vision for improving the nation’s health. Serving at the helm of NACHC, Tom has enhanced the stature and visibility of health centers. In the turbulence of a changing health world, his leadership and strategic focus have enabled health centers to meet challenge, strengthen resources and build public support for an aggressive agenda for growth and development. He is recognized as one of the nation’s most ardent spokesman and advocate for the community-owed and directed health center model of care – believing passionately in its potential to expand health care access and improve the quality of life in America’s diverse communities.