James W. Hunt, Jr., PhD, attended Boston State College and graduated in 1980 with a bachelor of science in management and political science. He attended Boston University and received his master’s degree in urban affairs in 1985. He received a doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree in interdisciplinary studies at the Union Institute and University, where he focused on health policy, public health, historical analysis, consumer empowerment, and political science.
He has been the president and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers since 1979. During that time, he 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’s52 health centers through the uncharted waters of health reform, where health centers are at the fore front of the state’s efforts to establish 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 the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. He is certified as an association executive through the American Society of Association Executives; he is the former president of the National Association of Community Health Centers; and he 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. In 2005, he 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.