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Violence Against the Transgender Community Must Stop

Regina Allen was shot and killed on August 29, becoming the third Black transgender woman to be murdered in Milwaukee in the last ten weeks, and at least…

US District Court Ruling in Texas Jeopardizes Access to PrEP

Vivent Health is alarmed and disappointed by Wednesday’s ruling by a federal court in Texas that a provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring businesses to provide health…

Driving Health Equity

The Kansas City Business Journal recently assembled several subject matter experts for an insight-filled discussion of how all sectors of the community can align efforts to improve health…

War on the LGBTQIA+ community

The LGBTQIA+ community is under attack on so many levels. There has been no declaration of hostilities, as in a conventional war. But the hostility is plainly evident,…

Today’s Roe decision will weaken us in the fight against HIV and AIDS

Few issues in modern America are more divisive than that of abortion rights. Amidst that division, we need to understand what this ruling will mean. Today’s ruling will…

Vivent Health statement on President Biden executive order in support of the LGBTQIA+ community

“At Vivent Health, we value people regardless of the color of their skin, whom they love, where they live, their gender identity or how much or little money…

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

In light of the local announcement earlier today that Milwaukee County is now classified in the Red Alert Zone due to COVID-19 infections, spread and hospitalizations, Vivent Health…

The Big Think

The Big Think newsletter recently published a profile of the ambitious goal of bringing the number of new HIV cases in St. Louis to zero by 2030. Vivent…

World AIDS Day Interview

On World AIDS Day 2021, WTMJ Radio AM 620 conducted an air interview with Vivent Health Chief Advocacy Officer Bill Keaton. In the interview, Bill speaks to the…

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.…

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,…

Addressing Social Determinants of Health

How can health care organizations address the social determinants of health like access to food, transportation, housing stability, and employment? Data suggests, and health care industry experts confirm,…

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.

Managing Culture Through Merger

What strategies has Vivent Health utilized to successfully navigate organizational change during a period of significant growth? Find out in this article featured in the September 27, 2021…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

Abdication of Leadership: Toothless Mandates – A Statement by Vivent Health President and CEO Mike Gifford

Welcome news arrived recently with full FDA approval of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. The final word is in—it is safe, it is effective, it saves lives. Period. We…

40 Years Later: View a National HIV/AIDS Commemoration

Join Vivent Health President and CEO, Mike Gifford, for a virtual commemoration event with the National AIDS Memorial that honored the 40th anniversary of the first cases of…

Statement by Vivent Health President and CEO Mike Gifford on Honoring George Floyd

The senseless murder of George Floyd a year ago forced us into a long overdue face-to-face reckoning with centuries of racism. Whether you feel hope in the guilty…

Vivent Health Receives $50,000 Grant from Delta Dental of Missouri

Gift will increase access to quality dental services and health outcomes for people living with HIV in St. Louis Vivent Health announced today that they are the recipient…

Statement by Vivent Health President and CEO Mike Gifford on the Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict

The beginning of justice was dispensed today in the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of all charges in the murder of George Floyd. The verdict…

Introducing Vivent Pharmacy in Austin, Texas

Vivent Health is expanding services for people at risk for and living with HIV in Austin. Vivent Pharmacy, a full-service pharmacy specializing in patient-centered HIV care and treatment,…

Vivent Health Statement on the Shooting of Daunte Wright

Yesterday, the Brooklyn Center police department released the body cam footage of the shooting of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. The horrifying video makes it abundantly clear:…

Statement by Vivent Health on Asian American Hate Crimes

Amidst the emerging and hopeful glimmers of receding Covid-19 new cases, hospitalizations and deaths are we facing even greater challenges?  Are we ignoring a more powerful adversary than…

All-In For Austin

We Need Your Help in Austin, TX.   Dear Friend, This morning people living with HIV in Austin woke up to another day of the ongoing catastrophe. They need…

Holiday Reflections

Go ahead, call me a sap. Honestly, there is a bit of truth in it here. Maybe elsewhere, too. As with so many Americans, we kicked off the…

Four Decades of Resilience

December 1st is World AIDS Day – our annual commemoration of the HIV pandemic, the deadliest public health crisis of the past 40 years. More than 75 million…

Shame On Me

It took the unimaginable suffering of eight minutes and forty-six seconds ending in the murder of George Floyd. Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor and countless others killed by systemic…

Radical Response: Week One

These are unprecedented times. All of us at Vivent Health are working at full speed to ensure that the Coronavirus pandemic does not deter us from our mission.…

Why PrEP Is Worth It

Legal and public policy advocacy on behalf of people living with and people at-risk for HIV have been critical aspects of our response to the epidemic. From fighting…

Four Things All New Leaders Should Remember

I recently marked my 7th year as the President & Chief Executive Officer of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW), a rapidly growing organization that has quadrupled…

Liver Health Connection Joins Vivent Health!

Vivent Health is expanding services in the Denver, Colo. area with the merger of Liver Health Connection on November 30. The organization promotes liver health, educates, and supports…

It’s Health Insurance Time Again!

It’s time to: Sign up for Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) health insurance. Make sure your current Affordable Care Act plan is still right for you. (Some plans are…

Statement by Michael Gifford, Vivent Health President and CEO, on Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020

“Today marks the culmination of Transgender Awareness Week, and I encourage everyone to pause and reflect as we remember the far too many transgender lives we have lost…

The 2019 Vivent Health Annual Report is now available.

At a time of great uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to look back upon and be proud of our achievements of the past year. Together, we have…

Vivent Health Votes

Elections matter – and your vote is critical this year! This Fall, your vote can help Make HIV History! Elected officials determine how our country will tackle the…

Vivent Health now Accepting Appointments for Onsite Services

We’ve implemented changes in our facilities to help keep everyone safe. Starting Monday, June 15, 2020, Vivent Health is accepting appointment requests from current and new patients and…

Help Us Stock Our Food Pantry in St. Louis

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, Vivent Health has been working diligently to meet the dramatic spike in demand for our food pantry services. This includes adding door-step…