Thomas Van Coverden has been a member of the board of the RCHN Community Health Foundation, Inc. since 2005. He is president and CEO of the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. (NACHC). Founded in 1971, NACHC is a membership organization dedicated to expanding access to high quality, community-responsive health care for America’s medically underserved and underinsured. NACHC represents the nation’s network of over 1,200 Federally Qualified Health Centers 20 million people at 8,000 delivery sites in the 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and District of Columbia. In his position as president and CEO, Mr. Van Coverden serves as the chief administrator and executive officer for NACHC, and has overall authority for all NACHC programs, operations and finances. During his 30+ year tenure at NACHC, Mr. Van Coverden has worked to enhance the stature and visibility of health centers throughout the U.S. through partnerships with health providers, lawmakers, businesses, foundations, academic institutions and community activists.
Mr. Van Coverden brings extensive legislative expertise and first-hand knowledge of the health care industry to the board. A leading advocate for the health center model of care and its potential to expand health care access and improve quality of life, he has contributed widely to numerous commissions and high-level task forces. Prior to his service with NACHC, Mr. Van Coverden served on Capitol Hill as a health policy advisor and legislative assistant to the late Congresswoman Martha W. Griffiths (D – MI).
Mr. Van Coverden is a graduate of the Detroit Institute of Technology and the University of Detroit.