President & CEO, Health Care

Mike Gifford


About Me

Mike Gifford, with his roots in Rochester, Minnesota, has emerged as a vital force in revolutionizing the healthcare landscape in the United States, bringing transformative changes to public health services. His journey, marked by an extraordinary commitment, pioneering leadership, and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, has distinguished his career and significantly influenced healthcare practices.

Over the past thirty years, his leadership has directly contributed to remarkable advancements in patient care and the broadening of healthcare services. From a humble beginning, catering to 750 patients with a budget of $2 million, his efforts have culminated in serving 15,000 patients with an impressive annual budget of $264 million. His unwavering commitment and exemplary professionalism have been key drivers of this remarkable growth.

One of his most significant achievements has been the establishment of the HIV Medical Home, a unique model that integrates health and social services, ensuring comprehensive and unrestricted patient care. His innovative mindset also led to the creation of a pharmacy, enhancing patient access to essential medications and establishing a new revenue stream to support and expand healthcare services.

His strategic brilliance has been instrumental in expanding healthcare services providing essential support to organizations across over 30 states. His leadership has seen the establishment of numerous HIV Medical Homes nationwide, consistently achieving health outcomes that surpass national standards and significantly reducing healthcare costs.

In addition to his work in healthcare, he is a passionate advocate for addressing racial and social disparities. His active engagement in initiatives like CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion and his fight against healthcare inequalities demonstrates his commitment to building a more equitable society.

Furthermore, he serves as a board member for OCHIN and a council member at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, underlining his commitment to community and social welfare. His interests span various areas, including social determinants of health, racial and social justice, substance use, and the opioid epidemic. He also finds solace and balance in outdoor activities, embodying his belief in a holistic approach to life.

The story of Mike Gifford is one of unwavering dedication, perpetual learning, and impactful leadership. His profound influence on healthcare and society is a testament to his dedication to excellence, growth, and making a meaningful difference.

Mike Gifford



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