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Education

A native of Iowa, 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. He is a graduate of the State Health Leadership Institute, a program of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Career

Newton serves as the vice president of Network Engagement for Wellmark and 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. He joined Wellmark in 2011.

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 most recently 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, advocacy for and passage of Iowa's Smoke-free Air Act, and the public health response to historic flooding and the H1N1 influenza outbreak.

Newton is a current board member of the Iowa Sports Foundation and Polk County Advisory Board of Health. He also represents the Iowa Federation of Insurers on the executive committee of the Iowa Health Information Network.