Javier Rios (He/Him/El)
Title: Program Director for the University of New Mexico – AIDS Education and Training Center (UNM-AETC)
Organization: University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center – Project ECHO
Bio: Javier Ríos was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is a bilingual New Mexican of diverse Irish, Mexican, and LGBTQ background. He loves playing basketball, exercising, traveling, delicious food, and cafecito. Javier joined the University of New Mexico Project ECHO team as Program Director for the UNM – AIDS Education and Training Center in October 2019. Javier brings 15+ years of non-profit and government experience concentrated in health equity, HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, immigrant health, LGBTQ+ health and cultural humility. Since 2005 Javier has worked in HIV/AIDS prevention with LGBTQ+ communities of color focusing in community organizing, outreach, and education.
In 2021, 2017 and 2013 Javier participated in the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission program Líderes a través de las Fronteras/Leaders across Borders addressing binational and border health. His community recognitions include the 2019 Stonewall Achievement Award, 2017 Manzano High School Educator/Teacher of the Month, 2013 Pride and Equality Vincent R. Johnson Models of Hope Award, the 2012 NMCPAG Kahlo Benavidez Leadership Award, and the 2012 HIV/AIDS Embajador/Ambassador for the National Latino AIDS Action Network.
Javier’s education includes: Diplomado Líderes en Salud Pública de la Frontera México-Estatos Unidos/Certificate of Public Health Leaders in the Mexico-United States Border Region – Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey/Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education 2013, M.A. Spanish – University of New Mexico in 2005, and B.A. – Creighton University 2001.
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