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Vivent Health Deeply Opposes Passage of AB 465 That Bans Gender Affirming Care for Minors

Vivent Health is greatly disappointed that the Wisconsin Legislature passed AB 465 which will prohibit the delivery of gender affirming health care services to minors. Decades of clinical experience and research has repeatedly upheld the safety and necessity of gender-affirming care for transgender individuals. This legislation contradicts the broad consensus of every major U.S medical […]

People On The Move – Brandon Hill

Nonprofit organization raising awareness of HIV/AIDS

Vivent Health Denounces Proposed Legislation to Ban Gender-Affirming Care for Transgender Youth

Vivent Health denounces legislation proposed Wednesday by a set of conservative lawmakers in Wisconsin that would block transgender youth from receiving gender-transition treatment. The bill would bar health care providers from conducting or making referrals for certain medical practices for youth under age 18 “if done for the purpose of changing the minor’s body to […]

Vivent Health and Dining Out for Life team up for HIV care

Dining Out For Life Milwaukee will be held Sept. 28

The Trend Report: Workplace Detox

Milwaukee organization that provides HIV care names new CEO

Brandon Hill Promoted to President and CEO at Vivent Health

Brandon Hill Promoted to President and CEO at Vivent Health

Brandon Hill Promoted to President and CEO at Vivent Health

Brandon Hill Promoted to President and CEO at Vivent Health

Vivent Health Names Hill Permanent CEO

Vivent Health names new CEO

Vivent Health appoints Brandon Hill as new President and CEO

MILWAUKEE, WI – Vivent Health, a national leader in HIV care and prevention, announces that Brandon Hill, PhD has been named as President and CEO effective immediately. Dr. Hill has been at the forefront of innovation in healthcare delivery for people living with and at elevated risk for HIV throughout his career. In his new […]

WTMJ highlights International Overdose Awareness Day

Syphilis Is a Very Real Problem in Austin

Vivent Health aims to curb overdose deaths in Superior

Local nonprofit serves as local HIV/AIDS resource center

Advocates urge NARCAN for overdose prevention

Discussing the importance of preventative dental care

Q&A: Bill Keeton, chief advocacy officer at Vivent Health

Bill Keeton describes his work as chief advocacy officer at Vivent Health as “storytelling with a purpose.”

Vivent Health expands at new downtown site

Vivent Health, which provides HIV care and treatment and prevention services, opened a $9 million downtown Milwaukee clinic that’s 33% larger than its longtime home on North Plankinton Avenue downtown.

Vivent Health Denounces Anti-LGBTQ Supreme Court Ruling

On today, the last day of Pride Month, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority ruled that creative businesses can refuse services to LGBTQ people based upon their personal beliefs.

Vivent Health Condemns Supreme Court Ruling Overturning Affirmative Action in Higher Education Admissions

Vivent Health strongly condemns today’s Supreme Court decision overturning the use of affirmative action policies in college or university admissions. This ruling will significantly hinder efforts to address racial inequities in this country and worsen HIV-related racial disparities, especially for Black and brown communities.

Vivent Health opens new downtown Milwaukee clinic

The new clinic provides much larger space to treat the roughly 3,700 Vivent Health serves each year in Milwaukee, while also providing greater accessibility to many of its patients in highest need of social supports.

Vivent Health moves to larger clinic; expands HIV prevention, treatment services in Milwaukee

Vivent Health has relocated to a more than 46,000-sq ft facility near Milwaukee’s Deer District. The new clinic, located at 1311 N. 6th St., is 33% larger with the capacity to serve an additional 1,000 patients.

Republicans advance provision to block Medicaid coverage for some transgender health services

Vivent Health’s Chief Advocacy Officer, Bill Keeton, speaks with WPR about the GOP-led budget committee’s advancement of a provision that would block Wisconsinites from getting Medicaid coverage for certain transgender health services.

Inspirational Black Men and Women of The C-Suite: Theresa Dear Of Vivent Health On The Five Things You Need To Succeed As A C-Suite Executive

Theresa Dear, Vivent Health’s Chief People Officer, is featured in Authority Magazine’s series “Inspirational Black Men and Women of The C-Suite.”

Milwaukee nonprofit providing gender-affirming services raises profile against proposed bans

Brandon Hill, Interim President & CEO, talks with the Milwaukee Business Journal about how Vivent Health has stepped into the local and national spotlight on the debate over proposed bands for transgender health services.


Vivent Health strongly opposes a provision conservative lawmakers voted to include in the next two-year budget plan that would forbid transgender Wisconsinites from using Medicaid health care coverage.

Kits with Narcan, fentanyl test strips are being handed out by first responders in Milwaukee County

Bill Keeton, Vivent Health’s Chief Advocacy Officer, talks with WPR about Milwaukee’s HOPE Kit harm reduction initiative that puts Narcan in the hands of more first responders.

Vivent Health Sunsets AIDS Walk, Partners with PrideFest for Memorial Celebration

Vivent Health is proud to partner with PrideFest Milwaukee to keep the heart and soul of the AIDS Walk alive.

Colorado bill addressing “copay coupons” tries to get patients out of fight between pharma and insurance

Matt Pagnotti, State and Local Government Relations Director at Vivent Health, talked with the Denver Post about Senate Bill 23-195 in Colorado.

Vivent Health Denounces Passage of Ban on Gender-Affirming Care for Youth in Texas

Vivent Health strongly opposes the Legislature’s passing of SB14, another disgraceful attack on the rights of trans youth in Texas.

How Bill Keeton of Vivent Health Is Helping To Battle One of Our Most Serious Epidemics

Bill Keeton, Chief Advocacy Officer at Vivent Health, is featured in Authority Magazine’s feature, “Heroes of the Addiction Crisis.”

‘A punch in the stomach’: Families and providers react to new Missouri medication bans for trans youth

Brandon Hill, Interim President & CEO at Vivent Health, shared with St. Louis Post-Dispatch that “the legislation prevents people from accessing life-saving care and reinforces prejudices that lead to poor health outcomes.”

What to know to save lives on National Fentanyl Awareness Day

On National Fentanyl Awareness Day, Vivent Health Chief Advocacy Officer Bill Keeton about reducing harm when using drugs, having access to Narcan, how to identify an overdose, and the steps we can take to help.

‘All lives have value’: Harm reduction organizations discuss resources on National Fentanyl Awareness Day

Chief Advocacy Officer Bill Keeton spoke with CBS58 about the resources Vivent Health offers to assist with harm reduction efforts.

What rules and regulations about gender-affirming care could mean for the future of medical care in Missouri

Vivent Health Chief Medical Officer Leslie Cockerham, MD, MAS spoke with The Kansas City Beacon on the future of medical care in Missouri regarding gender-affirming care.

Hallie Jackson NOW – May 1 | NBC News NOW

Vivent Health Interim President and CEO Brandon Hill spoke with NBC’s Hallie Jackson about the latest AG ruling on transgender health care in Missouri and the temporary hold from St. Louis County Circuit Judge Ellen Ribaudo.

The Record with Mark Maxwell (April 27, 2023)

Vivent Health Vice President of Operations Tawnya Brown, speaks with KSDK – 5 On Your Side News Political Editor Mark Maxwell about the Missouri AG’s ruling on transgender care. The interview starts at the 5:39 mark.

Missouri to restrict gender-affirming care for trans adults this week

Vivent hHalth Interim President & CEO Brandon Hill speaks with NPR about the latest ruling in Missouri targeting the transgender community.

Attorney General Andrew Bailey’s restrictions on gender-affirming care will affect adults

Vivent Health Interim President and CEO Brandon Hill met with STL Public Radio to discuss Missouri’s new ruling and how these rules restricting transgender-related health care will affect adults.

Narcan’s over-the-counter availability could help prevent overdose deaths in Milwaukee

WUWM– Milwaukee’s NPR interviewed Vivent Health’s Chief Advocacy Officer Bill Keeton on the latest FDA approval for Narcan over-the-counter accessibility.

Narcan availability increases in Milwaukee, concerns remain for underserved residents

Bill Keeton, Chief Advocacy Officer at Vivent Health, speaks with CBS58 about the FDA’s approval for over-the-counter access to Narcan.

Vivent Health Celebrates the Missouri Legislature’s Decision to Legalize Fentanyl Test Strips

Vivent Health celebrates the recent passage of legislation by the Missouri General Assembly decriminalizing the use and distribution of fentanyl test strips.

Vivent Health Denounces Passage of Missouri’s Ban on Gender-Affirming Care

Today’s passage of legislation by the Missouri Legislature, with the support of Governor Mike Parson, is a shameful and harmful attack on the health and well-being of transgender people in Missouri.

Vivent Health Applauds Passage of Colorado Bill That Will Lower Out-of-Pocket Costs and Improve Access to Care

Vivent Health is excited by the recent passage of SB23-195 in Colorado.

Vivent Health is disappointed that Colorado rejected harm reduction legislation

Vivent Health is disappointed that a Colorado Senate Committee recently rejected HB23-1202, legislation that would have allowed cities in Colorado to choose whether to authorize overdose prevention centers.

Vivent Health opposes Texas SB14 that would ban doctors from providing gender-affirming care to trans youth

Later this week, the Texas House of Representatives is scheduled to debate SB14, a dangerous bill that would ban doctors from providing gender-affirming care to trans youth.

Vivent Health applauds judge’s decision blocking Missouri rule that would limit transgender care

Vivent Health applauds St. Louis County Circuit Judge for temporarily blocking the Missouri AG’s emergency rule that would restrict access to gender-affirming health care to children and adults.

Vivent Health Supports Trans Community and Access to Gender Affirming Care

AG Andrew Bailey issued a harmful new state directive last week that would severely restrict gender-affirming care for both adults and minors in Missouri under the guise of consumer protection.

Windy City Times – TPAN announces plan to merger with Vivent Health

The Windy City Times highlights the recently announced plans for TPAN to merge with Vivent Health.

Vivent Health and TPAN announce plans to merge to increase access to HIV care

Vivent Health and TPAN (Test Positive Awareness Network), a leading provider of HIV services in the greater Chicago area, today announced their respective Boards of Directors have unanimously voted to pursue a merger.

Vivent Health’s New Austin Center opened as its Community Dealt with Monkeypox Threat

Our VPO for Texas and Colorado James Greer talked with the Austin American-Statesman to educate about the coordinated care at Vivent Health, grant distribution support from St. David’s Foundation, as well as the current update about monkeypox in Austin.

KDSK – 5 On Your Side Interviews Director of Prevention in St. Louis Jon Martin

Director of Prevention Services in our St. Louis Vivent Health Clinic Jon interviewed with KDSK – 5 On Your Side to discuss the importance of routine testing and being transparent with your partner. Watch the Interview

Vivent Health to Expand Milwaukee HIV Health Clinic by 33%

  New Clinic Will Relocate Near the Milwaukee Bucks’ Deer District and Serve an Additional 1,000 Patients. Vivent Health, a nationally recognized leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS has announced the location of their new, expanded Milwaukee HIV health clinic, or HIV Medical Home, at 1311 N. Sixth Street. Vivent Health is expanding and relocating […]

Vivent Health hires Brandon J. Hill as new Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

  Hill brings experience as community-based health care leader and HIV researcher to Vivent Health Vivent Health is pleased to announce the addition of Brandon J. Hill, Ph.D., as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective July 18. Dr. Hill is a graduate of Indiana University, having obtained both a bachelor’s in […]

Dr. Leslie Cockerham Promoted to Chief Medical Officer of Vivent Health

Vivent Health is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Leslie Cockerham, M.A.S., to Chief Medical Officer. She was most recently Vice President of Medical Affairs for Vivent Health. In addition to providing medical care to her patients, Dr. Cockerham leads the medical operations of Vivent Health nationwide. Dr. Cockerham received her medical degree from […]


VIVENT HEALTH PARTNERS WITH ASPIRUS HEALTH FOUNDATION TO PREVENT OPIOID OVERDOSE IN MARATHON COUNTY AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES Grant awarded to fund Naloxone and Naloxone Administration Trainings Milwaukee, WI – Vivent Health announced today its award of a $25,000 grant from Asprius Health Foundation to prevent opioid overdose in Marathon County, Wisconsin and surrounding communities. The […]

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 negatively impact women’s health, especially women from communities marginalized by our society.  It will also widen health inequity gaps. There are stark realities that emanate from the […]

Vivent Health Opens State-of-the-Art HIV Health Clinic in Austin

MEDIA CONTACT: Cindy Cooper 414-704-7190 Vivent Health Opens State-of-the-Art HIV Health Clinic in Austin New Location Offers Patients Expanded Services, Greater Access Austin, TX; May 16, 2022 — Vivent Health, which merged with AIDS Services Austin in 2020, today announced the opening of its new, integrated, state-of-the-art health clinic built to assure greater access […]

Vivent Health designated “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Healthcare Equality Index

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Vivent Health recognized for its impact in closing equity gaps for LGBTQ+ people MILWAUKEE, WI — Today, Vivent Health announced it received a top score of 100 and designation of “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey of healthcare […]

Statement from Vivent Health on Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth provides an opportunity as a nation to come together to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and celebrate their achievements and resilience in the face of tremendous obstacles. It is also a time to assess our progress in achieving true racial equity. And the truth is, we have a long way to go. […]

Vivent Health Transforms HIV Care in Kansas City Via Merger with Thrive Health Connection

Transition enhances and expands services for people at risk for and living with HIV/AIDS in Kansas City KANSAS CITY, MO—May 3, 2021—Vivent Health is pleased to announce its merger with Thrive Health Connection to establish the first ever HIV Medical Home in Kansas City. The merger will assure greater access to HIV prevention, care and […]

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, is officially open for business in our Austin HIV Medical Home. Recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for Specialty Pharmacy Services with a Distinction […]

Vivent Health Statement on Affordable Care Act Enrollment

This recent news on the Affordable Care Act is a cause for celebration for all of us. More than 500,000 people signed up for health insurance coverage during a ‘Special Enrollment Period’ established by President Biden, lasting until August 2021. This achievement calls for an important moment, or maybe even longer, to set aside the […]

Vivent Health Statement on the Texas HIV Medication Program Crisis

The Department of State Health Services came clean this week on the serious crisis facing tens of thousands of Texans living with HIV. The $100 million shortfall in the Texas HIV Medication Program threatens access to medicines for more than 20,000 people who rely on it for their very lives. Providing medications for people with […]

Vivent Health Receives $50,000 from Local Pablo Foundation

Gift will support improving health equity and outcomes for people living with and at-risk for HIV in Eau Claire. Eau Claire, Wisc. – March 22, 2021 – Vivent Health announced today that they are the recipient of a $50,000 grant award from Pablo Foundation. This gift, the largest grant opportunity of its kind in Eau […]

Austin Harm Reduction Coalition Joins Vivent Health!

Vivent Health is expanding services in the Austin, Texas Area with the merger of Austin Harm Reduction Coalition. Austin Harm Reduction Coalition is an organization that promotes safer injection strategies, educates on opioid overdose prevention and provides sterile supplies to people who inject drugs. It has been an active partner in providing judgement-free care and […]

Statement by Vivent Health on the Trump Administration’s Rule Eliminating LGBTQIA+ Protections

The end of the current administration and its seemingly unending attacks on the civil rights of all Americans cannot come soon enough. The recently announced plans by the administration to allow government-funded agencies to withhold services from LGBT individuals is nothing more than systemic, institutional oppression. It will harm our nation’s ability to end the […]

Statement by Vivent Health on decision by Kenosha County DA to not charge Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey in the August 2020 shooting of Jacob Blake

Today we have witnessed another unfortunate and unacceptable miscarriage of justice by the public institutions that are supposed to protect and ensure liberty and justice for all of us. In the days that followed last August’s shooting of Jacob Blake — while our offices and clinics were closed due to damage sustained during the unrest […]

Vivent Health Welcomes Dr. Mia Scott

Scott and Vivent Health will enhance and expand services for people at risk for and living with HIV. Vivent Health is pleased to announce that today Dr. Mia Scott joins our HIV Medical Home team to expand access to HIV and PrEP services to people with and at-risk for HIV. Vivent Health is a nationally […]

Vivent Health Receives $50,000 from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation

Gift will support improving health equity and outcomes for people living with HIV in Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisc. – November 9, 2020 – Vivent Health announced today they are the recipient of a $50,000 grant award from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation. This gift will ensure over 5,000 people affected by HIV in Wisconsin […]

Vivent Health Earns “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” Designation from Human Rights Campaign

Vivent Health joins 495 nationwide health care providers earning the designation. Today, Vivent Health announced their “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). The designation was awarded in the 13th edition of HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). Vivent Health is proud to be one of a record 765 health […]

International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, Overdose Awareness Day, a day Vivent Health will always remember. Every day, 128 people in the United States die due to an opioid overdose. In 2019, the number of fatal overdoses increased almost 5% to more than 70,980. Every day, Vivent Health Champions provide extraordinary services and support to help save the lives […]

Statement by Vivent Health on the attempted murder of Jacob Blake

Among the initial responses after the attempted murder of Jacob Blake by a local police officer in Kenosha Wisconsin earlier this week was to wait. Not to rush to judgement. Let all the facts emerge. Reserve our comments until the investigation is complete. Graphic, real time video of the shooting and more than 400 years […]

Vivent Health Announces Partnership with National AIDS Memorial

Vivent Health Announces Partnership with National AIDS Memorial Partnership will raise awareness about the history and current state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic  June 23, 2020 – Vivent Health announced today a long-term partnership with the National AIDS Memorial, a nonprofit devoted to the remembrance of people lost to AIDS that works to ensure the legacy and ongoing struggle with AIDS is never forgotten. As the Premier National Community Partner of the AIDS Memorial […]

Statement by Vivent Health on SCOTUS DACA Decision

Throughout our nation’s history, there have been momentous occasions when the Supreme Court has propelled us further along the long arc of the moral universe towards justice as Dr. King promised.  Today’s decision by the Supreme Court to block the Trump Administration from ending DACA, following this week’s earlier decision protecting the civil rights of […]

Vivent Health is Now Offering Free At-Home HIV Testing Kits.

Testing kits are being offered to eligible individuals who reside in Denver, CO, Austin, TX, St. Louis, MO, and throughout Wisconsin. You can order your At-Home HIV Testing Kit at the CDN Store ( Once an order is placed, individuals will be sent a survey to complete to determine eligibility to receive this service. Testing […]

AIDS Services of Austin (ASA) is now Vivent Health

Haga clic en el enlace para español. Transition enhances and expands services for people at risk for and living with HIV/AIDS in Austin AUSTIN, TX—April 15th, 2020—AIDS Services of Austin (ASA) today announced that they are now part of Vivent Health, a national HIV health care system committed to serving everyone affected by HIV/AIDS through […]

Vivent Health Announced as Charity to Benefit from Give BIG Green Bay 2020

MILWAUKEE – Jan. 17, 2020 – Give BIG Green Bay has chosen Vivent Health as one of 40 charities to benefit from its annual 24-hour online giving event. Give BIG Green Bay connects community members to the important work that nonprofits are doing in Brown County. Vivent Health provides integrated health care, prevention services like […]

Leading HIV Health Care Organization Renames as Vivent Health

New Name and Brand Highlight Prominent Role in Ending Domestic HIV Epidemic MILWAUKEE—Nov. 20, 2019—The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) today announced it is changing its name to Vivent Health. The new name will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Following recent mergers with Rocky Mountain CARES in Denver, Colorado, and St. Louis […]

AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run 2019 Raises $361,900

MILWAUKEE—(October 5, 2019)—Thousands of participants and supporters from across Wisconsin walked, ran and volunteered today at the Summerfest grounds for the 30th Annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin and 5K Run. All came together to raise $361,900 to support HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs throughout the state. AIDS Walk Wisconsin recognized individual walkers and runners, and […]

Three HIV Activists Named AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run Honorary Co-Chairs

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin announces co-chairs to honor the 30th Anniversary event on 10/5 MILWAUKEE—(August 7, 2019) — New this year, the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) is announcing that there will be not just one, but three Honorary Co-Chairs for this year’s AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run. Nationally-recognized HIV activists Naina […]

First PrEP Campaign in the City of Milwaukee, “Stay PrEP’d Up,” Launches During Pride Month

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin unveils a PrEP awareness campaign to help combat HIV in communities of color MILWAUKEE—(June 14, 2019) — The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) is launching the first pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) marketing campaign in Milwaukee, “Stay PrEP’d Up.” Given the high rates of sexually transmitted infections and the associated possibility […]

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin to Honor Dr. James Vergeront, Wisconsin’s AIDS/HIV Program Director

Dr. Vergeront to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 33rd Annual Make A Promise Gala Milwaukee—March 19, 2019—The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) will honor Dr. James Vergeront, the AIDS/HIV Program Director for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the 33rd Annual Make A Promise Gala. Dr. […]

Saint Louis Effort for AIDS and the AIDS Resource Center Announce Merger

The merger enhances and expands programs and services for people at risk and living with HIV in St. Louis September 27, 2018—Today the AIDS Resource Center announced a merger with Saint Louis Effort for AIDS (EFA). The merger will enhance and expand programs and services for people at risk and living with HIV in St. […]

Rocky Mountain CARES Mobilizes HIV Prevention

Denver—June 16, 2018—Rocky Mountain CARES (RMC) has kicked off a mobile HIV prevention program. In an effort to increase HIV testing and PrEP (pre‐exposure prophylaxis) access, RMC recently purchased a van that is specially‐outfitted for the Prevention Program. The mobile program will provide HIV testing, prevention counseling and education, and PrEP consultations and navigation. Pre‐Exposure […]

ARCW Responds to HIV and Syphilis Cluster in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE—(March 7, 2018)—“The cluster of HIV and syphilis infections reported in Milwaukee is a clarion call for a much greater, coordinated response,” said ARCW President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Gifford. “The tragic truth is that HIV disproportionately impacts youth – especially young people of color – in our community. We all must act urgently […]