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Lillian Rivera


Lillian Rivera, RN, MSN, PhD

Administrator

Lillian Rivera, as Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, is responsible for the oversight and supervision of public health programs. Dr. Rivera administers an $80 million budget and nearly 900 employees in a county with over 2.4 million residents. Under her leadership, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is the only organization to have won the Governor’s Sterling Award for significant improvement and performance excellence three times.

Dr. Rivera previously served as Deputy State Health Officer with the Florida Department of Health in Tallahassee. Her responsibilities included oversight of 67 county health departments and implementation of the performance excellence model within the State Department of Health.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Rivera held the positions of Executive Community Health Nursing Director for the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, Director of Nursing at the Public Health Trust for Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, as well as Nursing Director for the Department of Health in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Rivera earned BSN and MSN degrees from the University of Puerto Rico and holds a PhD in Health Administration from Warren National University. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters in Behavioral Sciences from Carlos Albizu University. Dr. Rivera is certified as a Health Care Risk Manager, a graduate of the Executive Institute for Community Health Nurses at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a fellow of the Nurse Executive Program/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Public Health Leadership Institute.

Dr. Rivera is a past President of the Florida Sterling Council; member of the Florida Public Health Association; founding board member of the Florida Public Health Institute; member of the External Advisory Committee of the Florida International University, Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work; member of an advisory Workgroup for the Office of State Tribal Local & Territorial Support of the Centers for Disease Control; and an honorary member of the Alpha Omega Chapter of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society.

In recognition of her leadership and commitment to public health, Dr. Rivera was featured in Miami Today as Best of Miami 2011. She received the 2011 Outstanding Professional Performance & Community Service Award from the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women and was named one of the most influential Latinos in Miami. Dr. Rivera is the recipient of the Miami Children’s Hospital 2010 Champion for Children Award; the 2009 Community Service Award from the Florida Health Care Executive Forum; the Florida International University, Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work’s Annual Paths of Public Health Award; and the 2008 University of South Florida College of Public Health’s Florida Outstanding Woman in Public Health award.