Tom Newton Vice President, Network Engagement and Community Health Improvement
An Iowa native,Tom Newton holds a bachelor's degree in environmental planning and political science and a master's in public policy from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). He is a graduate of the State Health Leadership Institute, a program of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Newton joined Wellmark in 2011 and serves as the vice president of Network Engagement and Community Health Improvement. He is responsible for engaging Wellmark's provider network — specifically, working with hospitals and physicians to better understand their business challenges, develop new programs, and build a strong foundation of quality health care.
Newton also oversees Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark, a community health improvement initiative that helps Iowa and South Dakota communities make evidence-based, sustainable changes to their built environments so citizens can live healthier lives. He also provides leadership to The Wellmark Foundation.
Prior to joining Wellmark, Newton spent eleven years with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), where he served as a community health consultant, division director for environmental health, and as its director. His accomplishments as director of IDPH included: working with health care stakeholders and policymakers to implement Iowa's Health Care Reform Act of 2008, and advocacy for and passage of Iowa's Smoke-free Air Act.
Newton is a current member of the Advisory Board to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UNI, the Great Outdoors Foundation Board, and the Polk County Advisory Board of Health.