Vivent Health has made the responsible decision to not hold our 35th Annual Make a Promise Gala this evening.

Mike Gifford

President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael J. Gifford has been a leading force in the fight against AIDS in the United States for three decades. He currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vivent Health.

During his tenure, Mike led the transformation of Vivent Health from a social service agency into the nation’s premier HIV health care provider. Known as an HIV leader who applies the best principles of for-profit management and leadership to the non-profit sector, Gifford has helped grow Vivent Health from a $2 million to a $185 million corporation. The Vivent Health HIV Medical Home is the country’s leading model for providing integrated AIDS services to assure people with HIV have unfettered access to medical, dental, mental health, pharmacy, and social services, regardless of ability to pay, in order to succeed in managing their HIV disease. It is the only HIV Medical Home recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In 2010, his social entrepreneurism led to the creation of the Vivent Pharmacy, assuring that patients receive the medications they need and creating a new revenue source to help sustain and expand HIV services. Today, Vivent Health patients are significantly exceeding national benchmarks and goals for HIV disease and overall health management.

Mike has developed Vivent Health into a national organization with the opening of HIV Medical Homes in Denver, Colorado, St. Louis, Missouri, Austin, Texas and in cities across Wisconsin. He is leading the process of bringing the HIV Medical Home model to additional cities across America. This effort expands services that are driving better health outcomes for people living with HIV and helping to reduce health care costs. As a national leader in the evolution of service delivery to people with HIV, he has provided in-depth technical assistance and consulting to AIDS organizations in 26 states.

Mike is a frequent speaker at national conferences and in academic settings, testifies before Congress on health care issues, and serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of OCHIN, the country’s foremost health information technology solution for community health centers and a driving force for health equity in America.

Mike received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and International Relations from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Articles by Mike Gifford

Correcting World AIDS Day Misinformation

During a radio interview on World AIDS Day, Senator Ron Johnson made a number of broad and insensitive statements about the AIDS epidemic dating back to the 1980’s. His statements demand a closer look and correction. Vivent Health was pleased to be brought into the discussion. Get the whole story by reading this article published […]

World AIDS Day 2021

As our nation continues to struggle with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and comes to grips with a history of injustice toward African Americans, Latinx, people of other races, women, and members of the LGBTQIA community, this year’s World AIDS Day theme is especially significant: “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice.” This theme must […]

Dismantling Systemic Racism in Healthcare

How do we combat systemic racism in health care? There’s a very real and urgent need to address the racial disparities so prevalent in our current system.

The Vivent Health Medical Home Model of Care: Doing the Right Thing is Also Good Business

The Vivent Home Model of Care presents an alternative health care approach that addresses many of the shortfalls in our national health care system. Here’s why doing the right thing is good business.

Pandemic Lessons on Leadership: Be Who You Are

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we made some significant changes. Here are some of the lessons on leadership we learned from the global crisis.

The Nation’s Overdose Crisis

The nation’s overdose crisis continues to worsen. However, there are some harm reduction techniques and steps we call all take to help alleviate the risks associated with opioid use.

To End HIV, We Need to Start with Ending LGBTQIA Stigma

Wondering how we can end HIV? The conversation starts with ending LGBTQIA stigma and having vital conversations about LGBTQIA rights and equality. The Missouri Non-Discrimination Act (MONA) is a critical step in the right direction. Let’s eliminate the barriers to achieving equity for all.

Four Decades of Resilience

As we approach World AIDS Day, we honor four decades of resilience in the face of this illness. Reflecting on the lessons we’ve learned so far, it’s evident that our fight and advocacy must continue for those who need our support.

A Year After the Jacob Blake Shooting

A year after the Jacob Blake shooting, the urgent call for social justice remains. Here are our reflections on what we’ve learned, especially in Wisconsin, and the miles we still need to go on our journey.