Ben Harvey, originally from Fairmount, IN, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Taylor University and his Master’s Degree in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Missouri. He has previously served as the Associate Director of the Missouri Telehealth Network at the University of Missouri, and as the Chief of the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
As a senior leader, Ben served as a catalyst and key collaborator in addressing rural health and healthcare access issues in Missouri, helped lead the development and implementation of the highly esteemed Show-ME ECHO project, served a crucial role in the reform of telehealth laws and subsequent expansion of telehealth services in underserved areas of Missouri, and led the way in transforming the role of state government in improving Missourian’s oral health.
His work helped lead to a nearly 50% reduction in ER visits due to dental complaints in Missouri’s Medicaid program, the country’s 4th largest group of National Health Service Corps providers serving in underserved areas of Missouri, the creation of the University of Missouri School of Medicine’s Rural Track Summer Community and Clerkship programs, and the first national public health accreditation of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Role at IPHCA
Responsible to the Board of Directors, Association membership, and funding entities
Directs the organization to achieve its strategic goals of ensuring access to health care by the uninsured and underinsured
Develops and manages both programs and staff to ensure the attainment of organizational goals
Obtains necessary funding to sustain the organization
Develops and maintains relationships and communications with appropriate private and public organizations
Represents the Association and CHCs with regard to state and federal health policy, legislation and appropriations