Ricardo A. Rivero, MD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine University of Illinois College of MedicineFamily Medicine
Work 851 AHSB, MC 779
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Biographical Info

Executive Director, Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center


Caracas, Venezuela


Universidad de Los Andes Mérida, Venezuela


Master of Public Health
University of Illinois at Chicago 2001​


HIV/AIDS Workforce Development
HIV/AIDS Care and Prevention
HIV/AIDS prevention interventions in Hispanic communities

Dr. Ricardo Rivero is the Executive Director for the Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center and has worked at the Center since 2003. Before he became MATEC’s Executive Director, he directed the planning and implementation of MATEC programs in Illinois for 11 years. He has worked in HIV/AIDS prevention for over 16 years, with a special interest in HIV/AIDS prevention interventions in Hispanic communities. Prior to his work at MATEC, Dr. Rivero was an HIV Prevention Network Senior Associate with the American Red Cross, where he worked on program development, implementation, and evaluation. Dr. Rivero received his medical degree the University of Los Andes School of Medicine in Merida, Venezuela and his Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Member, National Alliance of HIV Education and Workforce Development, 2013 – Present
Co-chair of the Antiretroviral and Viral Suppression Committee, Chicago Area HIV Integrated Services Council, 2012 – 2014
Board Member, Community Advisory HIV Vaccine Trial Network, UIC-Project Wish, 2009 – 2011
Member, National Faculty of Hispanic HIV/AIDS Program, American Red Cross, 1998 – 2003


AIDS Education and Training Center Program, Health Resources and Services Administration, 2015 – 2019
Midwest HIV Prevention and Pregnancy Planning Initiative, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, 2014 – 2017
Training, Technical Assistance and Evaluation in Support of Quality Management in HIV Care, Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, 2015 – 2018
Chicago Reentry Project. Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, 2010 – 2014
Chart Review Project in Support of Quality Assurance. Illinois Department of Public Health, 2013 – 2014
Targeted Capacity Expansion Integrated Behavioral Health/Primary Care Project. Chicago Department of Public Health, 2012 – 2013
Care and Prevention in the United States. Illinois Department of Public Health, 2012 – 2013
Expanded HIV Testing Initiative in Illinois. Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, 2012 – 2013

Rivero, R. Building HIV Capacity in Primary Care and Integrating HIV Care within Federally Qualified Health Centers. National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment. August 24, 2016. Washington, DC.

Rivero, R. HIV Testing and PrEP: AETC Efforts in the Midwest & Resources. National Testing Day, Health Resources and Services Administration. June 23, 2016. Online Webinar

Boehler M., Schechtman B., Rivero R., Jacob B-A., Sherer R., Wagner C., Alabduljabbar S., Linsk, N.L. (2015) Developing the HIV Workforce: The MATEC Clinician Scholars Program. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. 27:3, 246-260

Rivero R, Wagner C. MATEC’s Clinician Scholars Program. 2015 Federal Training Centers Collaborative. May 19-21, 2015. Virtual Conference

Gandelman A., Stoner B., Burnside H., Krom L., Rivero R. Applying the Big 3 C’s (Communication, Collaboration, and Coordination) among National Training and Technical Assistance Entities – Promoting High-Quality Training and Technical Assistance for The HIV/STD Prevention Workforce. 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference. December 8, 2015. Atlanta, GA

Rivero R., Agnoli M. Assessing Quality of Care Using Chart Review to Evaluate Adherence to Medication-Related Treatment Guidelines Among Illinois ADAP Prescribers. Ryan White Grantee Meeting & 14th Annual Clinical Conference. August 2012. Washington, DC

Bashook, P.G., Linsk, N.L., Jacob, B.A., Aguado, P., Edison, M., Rivero, R., Schechtman, B., & Prabhughate, P. (2010), “Outcomes of AIDS education and training center HIV/AIDS skill-building workshops on provider practices.” AIDS Education and Prevention, 22:1, 49-60

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