Aaron Todd Honored with National Grassroots Advocacy Award

April 02, 2019

Aaron Todd, Chief Strategy Officer at the Iowa Primary Care Association, was recently awarded the Betsey K. Cooke Grassroots MVP Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers.

The Grassroots MVP Award is named in honor of the late Elizabeth (Betsey) K. Cooke whose constant effort and unflagging persistence as an advocate for America’s health centers and health center patients set an example for all health center advocates to follow. Todd received this recognition for his outstanding efforts to ensure that Iowa’s Members of Congress actively support health centers and for his tireless work to establish and expand grassroots advocacy efforts.

Todd has held leadership roles since 2015 at the Iowa Primary Care Association, INConcertCare, and IowaHealth+, currently serving as the Chief Strategy Officer for the three organizations. In this role, Todd leads business, communications, and advocacy strategy across the three companies with a focus on positioning Iowa’s health centers as safety net providers of choice and recognized innovators in community health. Todd will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of the three companies on July 1, 2019.

A significant focus of his work has been positioning IowaHealth+ as a leader and preferred partner in Iowa’s move to value based payment reform within Medicaid. Todd has quickly become recognized as a leader nationally within the health center movement and regularly speaks at national meetings and in a consultative capacity with peers across the country.

Previously, Todd worked for the Iowa Legislature, leading research and negotiations on health and human services policy and budget decisions on behalf of the Senate Majority, including Medicaid expansion and the redesign of Iowa’s county-based mental health and disability services system.

Prior to his work in health care policy, Todd’s career focused on community development, a passion of his that he now pursues through service on numerous boards of directors and city commissions.

Todd earned a Master in Public Policy from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University. Todd lives in Des Moines with his husband (Aaron Steil) and two sons (Colton and Elliot).