Dr. Joe Gallegos, MBA

Biography 

Senior Vice President for Western Operations
National Association of Community Health Centers

Joe Gallegos joined the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) as Senior Vice President for Western Operations in October 2005. Although NACHC’s corporate offices are in Washington, DC, Joe is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the offices of the New Mexico Primary Care Association.

Research Interests 

Senior Vice President for Western Operations
National Association of Community Health Centers

Joe Gallegos joined the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) as Senior Vice President for Western Operations in October 2005. Although NACHC’s corporate offices are in Washington, DC, Joe is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the offices of the New Mexico Primary Care Association. Joe works with State and Regional Primary Care Associations on state and federal policy on behalf of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), supports grassroots advocacy that promote access to primary health care in underserved communities and provides technical assistance and consultation on health center operations. Joe’s portfolio includes Staff Lead for the Migrant Health Program. Joe works with State and Regional Primary Care Associations and University faculties to develop model curricula designed to train future health center leaders.

Prior to joining NACHC, Joe was Vice President of Planning and Development with Presbyterian Medical Services in Santa Fe, New Mexico for five years and Chief Executive Officer of Health Centers of Northern New Mexico in Espanola, NM for eleven years. He worked for the New Mexico Department of Health in health planning and delivery of behavioral health services for nine years. Joe began his career in 1976 as Executive Director of Las Clinics del Norte in northern New Mexico and served as President of the NM Primary Care Association for three terms.

Among his professional affiliations, Joe served on the National Advisory Committee on a grant initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Speaking Together/Alamos Juntas) to improve quality and availability of language services for patients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) in hospital settings. Joe also served as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, Office of Rural Health Policy; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to advise and recommend to the Secretary of DHHS on rural health policies involving programs administered by DHHS.

Joe completed the Primary Care Policy Fellowship in 1998 sponsored by the U. S. Public Health Service, Bureau of Health Professions; DHHS in Washington, DC. Joe currently serves on the Advisory Council to the Rural Assistance Research Center at University of North Dakota.

Joe is the former Chair of the Board for National Association of Community Health Centers (2003-2004) and served in several capacities as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

Joe brings over 30 years of work experience in health center management, health policy and development of health care delivery systems that serve rural areas and underserved populations.