R. Scott Boots
After moving to Boston in 1987 and volunteering with local AIDS organizations, HCEI Founder R. Scott Boots began to compare notes about resources in his native Iowa. The Health Cares Exchange Initiative, Inc. was founded in 1992. Without formal funding, HCEI built networks and held focus groups nationwide, while the HCEI office consisted of a voicemail, post office box, and two filing cabinets.
A graduate of Interlochen Center for the Arts and the University of Iowa, Scott has studied wellness at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Mind-Body Clinic and massage at the Touch Therapy Institute in Cambridge. He has given HCEI Stress Management Workshops to caregivers from the Midwest to the East Coast and presented at the 1997 United States Conference on AIDS. In addition, Scott has served as Chair of the AIDS Support Committee and Co-Chair of Pastoral Ministry at Trinity Church in the City of Boston.