As chief health equity officer, Bettina Tweardy Riveros has responsibility for strategically engaging community stakeholders in partnerships that advance ChristianaCare’s strategic aims and vision for a healthy Delaware and furthering its work in cultural competency, diversity and inclusion, as well as having a leadership role in guiding health policy agenda.
As senior vice president for government affairs and community engagement, Riveros also is responsible for addressing legal, regulatory, policy and relationship issues that can advance ChristianaCare’s strategic objectives.
Areas of Expertise (6)
Villanova University School of Law, VIllanova, PA: J.D., Law 1988
Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA: B.S. 1985
Media Appearances (5)
ChristianaCare Earns National Award for Equity of Care from American Hospital Association
Christina Care News online
“At ChristianaCare, we are committed to improving health for everyone—in all of the communities we serve,” said Bettina Tweardy Riveros, chief health equity officer at ChristianaCare.
ChristianaCare Connects with Community Partners to Address Social Determinants of Health in Delaware
Strategic Health Care Marketing online
When Bettina Tweardy Riveros joined ChristianaCare as chief health equity officer in 2016, she assumed responsibility for engaging community stakeholders in partnerships that advance ChristianaCare’s vision for a healthy Delaware. According to Riveros, the guiding principles of building strong community partnerships can be summed up in the phrase “nothing about us, without us.” This method of engaging community partners entails active listening. “We reached out to community partners, actively listened to them, and spent time assuring them that we understood their community needs, and that we planned to include that in our framework,” she says. In 2019, ChristianaCare ushered in its first “community investment fund,” a unique strategic initiative based on collaboration with community partners to solve the social, behavioral, and environmental factors that amplify adverse health outcomes. Using its “bio-psycho-social” model of care, ChristianaCare works to address the conditions people grow, live, and play in, known as the social determinants of health.
Christiana Care to review health care in Delaware prisons
Delaware Public Media
Bettina Tweardy Riveros is Christiana Care's chief health equity officer and senior vice president for government affairs and community engagement. She is working with the clinical team on the new initiative. She says the team does not include experts on prison health care, but will concentrate on the clinical arena. “We’ll be looking at care delivery structure and methods, some clinical workflow, how people are transferred for acute care, how medical staff take advantage of clinical data and analytics and clinical health records,” said Riveros.
Department Of Correction Initiates Review Of Correctional Healthcare System
1st State Update
“At Christiana Care, we serve our neighbors as respectful, expert, caring partners in their health. We are especially focused on working with partners throughout our community to meet the physical and behavioral health needs of our most vulnerable populations,” said Bettina Tweardy Riveros, Christiana Care chief health equity officer and senior vice president, government affairs and community engagement. “We are glad to provide our health care expertise to the Department of Correction, and we hope that our recommendations will enable the DOC to ensure the delivery of quality care in its facilities and make a positive impact on the health of our community.”...
ChristianaCare partners with Las Americas ASPIRA Academy
Hockessin Community News online
“We want the ASPIRA students to have the tools they need to learn and stay healthy, and we are looking forward to what we hope will be a lasting partnership,” said Bettina Tweardy Riveros, chief health equity officer and senior vice president of government affairs and community engagement at Christiana Care.
Selected Papers and Publications (2)
Why CEnR Matters for Health EquityDelaware Journal of Public Health
2018 Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) has become the talk of the town in translational research. The National Institute of Health (NIH), the predominant funder of research in the United States, has made translational research a priority, and emphasizes community engagement in as a necessary component of translational research.
Closing the Gap in Health Disparities with Systems Engineering Techniques – One Language at a TimeAcademyHealth
Previous studies showed that patients of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) experience health disparities and are at risk of poor quality healthcare, decreased satisfaction with care, adverse events and chronic and acute complications due to language barriers with their providers.
Selected Honors & Awards (1)
Honored for Service to Delaware Health Care Commission