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Tom Cleare, PhD, MBA

Associate Vice President, Community Engagement, Communications, and Security

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Thomas Cleare is the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Associate Vice President of Community Engagement, Communications and Security responsible for internal and external communication strategy, centralizing all community outreach efforts, and managing community partnership funding programs. The District’s safety net health system includes a nationally-recognized trauma system, a skilled nursing facility, a rural teaching hospital, school-based health clinics, pharmacies, and a network of primary care and dental clinics.

Dr. Cleare joined the Health Care District in October 2003 and has served in a variety of positions including Vice President of Strategy, Chief Program Officer, and Director of Research and Planning. Previous roles included strategic planning, directing the operational functions of the District’s health coverage programs, utilization and quality management, and business analytics.

Prior to joining the Health Care District, Dr. Cleare served in a variety of leadership roles with a national managed care specialty provider network. Dr. Cleare has also served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Florida Atlantic University.

Dr. Cleare has over 20 years of experience in health planning and policy analysis, health care administration, and managed care. Dr. Cleare has authored two non-fiction books: Establishing a Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition (2010) and An Analysis of Accountability in Public – Private Health Care Programs Serving Vulnerable Populations (2011) and one fiction book: Treasure in Paradise (2015), along with several articles and conference papers related to health care, emergency preparedness, and local government policy. 

Dr. Cleare received a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida.