Ted Boesen Announces Retirement from Iowa PCA as CEO, Aaron Todd to Succeed

October 04, 2018

The Iowa Primary Care Association announced yesterday that Theodore J. Boesen, Jr., the association’s Chief Executive Officer, will retire effective June 30, 2019. Aaron L. Todd, current Chief Strategy Officer of the Iowa PCA, will serve as CEO upon Boesen’s retirement.

Boesen is a longtime veteran of health care policy. He spent most of his early health care career in California working in hospital settings in both Northern and Southern California. He also worked at the Wolfe Clinic in Marshalltown, IA, before joining the Iowa Primary Care Association (Iowa PCA), then known as the Iowa/Nebraska Primary Care Association, as Executive Director in July of 2000. In addition to his role as CEO of the Iowa PCA, he serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the health information technology company, INConcertCare, Inc.

In August of 2014, he also assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of IowaHealth+, an Accountable Care Organization that partners with Managed Care Organizations to improve patients’ quality outcomes while reducing total cost of care. He manages the day-to-day operations of the three inter-related organizations and works directly with the boards of directors to establish long-range planning goals, manage federal-state relations, ensure fiscal integrity, and oversee program development and management activities in an innovative manner. 

Boesen is also a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Community Health Centers, as well as chair of the board of directors of the Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN).

Boesen was recently awarded the 2018 National Association of Community Health Centers Norton Wilson State/Regional Leadership Award, which is presented to an outstanding staff member of a NACHC-chartered Primary Care Association who exemplifies leadership excellence.

In 2016, Boesen received the 2016 Distinguished Medical-Legal Partnership Award for his decade of national leadership in advancing the medical-legal partnership model in Iowa and nationally across federally-funded community health centers and primary care associations. He was the first primary care association leader to partner with a federally-funded statewide civil legal aid agency to implement medical-legal partnership activities.

Ted was also inducted into the National Association of Community Health Centers Grassroots Hall of Fame in 2011.

Aaron Todd has held leadership roles since 2015 at the Iowa Primary Care Association, INConcertCare, and IowaHealth+, and currently serves 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.

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 graduated at the top of his class in both his undergraduate and graduate programs, earning 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 Eliot).

As we make this transition in the coming months, we look forward to continuing to build meaningful relationships and collaborate with you to best serve the health care needs of Iowans. We will certainly face challenges in the months and years to come, but we are privileged to be part of a larger system of care that has the power to raise awareness of the value and impact of community-driven health care. Working together, we can transform those challenges into opportunities for success and as a result of our collective efforts, bring quality, affordable care to more underserved populations.