Bettina Tweardy Riveros, J.D., is chief public affairs officer and chief health equity officer for ChristianaCare. As chief public affairs officer, Riveros leads ChristianaCare’s comprehensive public affairs activities, building on the health system’s strong community relationships, reputation, brand and nonprofit mission to serve our neighbors as respectful, expert, caring partners in their health. She oversees all aspects of ChristianaCare’s external relations, marketing, communications, brand and reputation, government and community affairs, health policy, community benefit and investment and philanthropy, across the ChristianaCare enterprise.
As chief health equity officer, Riveros leads the Office of Health Equity and advances organization-wide initiatives to create equitable systems of care. In this role, she oversees initiatives to achieve health equity, address disparities in health care and health outcomes, ensure culturally and linguistically appropriate care, advocate for policies to improve health equity and advance an integrated social care framework to improve the health of every person in all the communities ChristianaCare serves.
Riveros joined ChristianaCare in January 2016. She serves as co-chair on the ChristianaCare Community Engagement and Advisory Council, on the Board of REACH Riverside, and as co-chair of the REACH Health, Wellness and Safety Committee.
Additionally, Riveros serves as vice chair on the Board of Directors for Serviam Girls Academy; on the Delaware Business Roundtable Education Committee Steering Committee; and on the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors and Annual Dinner Committee.
Prior to joining ChristianaCare, Riveros served as senior adviser for health policy in the office of Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and as chair of the Delaware Health Care Commission. Among her many accomplishments, she was responsible for developing the strategy to implement the Affordable Care Act in Delaware, including the Health Insurance Exchange partnership model and Medicaid expansion that expanded access to health care for thousands of Delawareans; and for leading the development of the State Innovation Model to support Delaware’s transition to new health care delivery and payment models and an increased focus on population health. Riveros was a founding member of the Delaware Center for Health Innovation and served on the DHIN Board and Delaware Health Resource Board.
Riveros received her law degree from Villanova University in 1988 and her undergraduate degree from Juniata College in 1985.
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