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Nick Duran to head health clinic advocacy group

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A group that represents free and low-cost health clinics in Florida has hired Nick Duran to be its new executive director.

The Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics announced the hire in a Monday news release. Duran replaces Mark Cruise as the organization’s top staffer.

The two-year-old state association counts Community Health Outreach in Jacksonville, Center for Family Health in Tampa, and Downtown Orlando Clinic among its members, according to its website.

“As Florida’s free and charitable clinics and networks continue to fill critical gaps in health care for vulnerable populations, Nick’s leadership experience, expertise and passion will prove invaluable,” association board Chairwoman Marisel Losas said in a prepared statement.

Duran was born and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida and New York Law School. Duran lives in Miami with his wife Danielle and their two children.

More from the news release:

Duran most recently served as the Florida State director for Enroll America, the nation’s leading healthcare enrollment coalition which brought together community and health organizations, faith leaders, and businesses to help over a million Floridians receive new health coverage. Under Duran’s leadership, the organization used a data- and metrics-based outreach and education program that engaged thousands of volunteers and developed a diverse set of hundreds of partners across non- and for-profit sectors.

“For years free and charitable clinics have been leaders in helping assist those Floridians slipping through the cracks in our current healthcare system. They will continue to play a critical role in providing quality, cost-effective healthcare services at little or no charge to low-income, uninsured and underserved Floridians,” Duran said. “I’m thankful to the board for my opportunity to lead the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics’ representation of its invaluable member clinics and networks.”

Previously, Duran worked with The Children’s Movement of Florida overseeing its health advocacy and policy initiatives aimed at decreasing barriers and increasing access to health care for all of Florida’s children. Before that, he practiced law at Lydecker Diaz.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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