Matthew Richards

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  • 43012 Social Work’s Role in Ending the Domestic HIV Epidemic
  • 40632 Beyond the Clinic:  Population Approaches to Mental Health Promotion

Job Experience

  • Deputy Commissioner of Behavioral Health, Chicago Department of Public Health
  • Executive Director, Care2Prevent at the University of Chicago Medicine

  • Director of Programs, Care2Prevent at the University of Chicago 

Fields of Special Interest

  • Population Approaches to Psychosocial Health
  • Employment and Health/Wellbeing
  • Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health and Social Determinants of Health
  • Religion and Social Work Practice
  • Program Development and Evaluation
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • HIV Prevention and Care

Publications or Presentations

  • "From Social Infrastructure to Social Connection: A Social Work Perspective on Health and Health Promotion," University of Chicago Program on Medicine and Religion, March 2, 2019.
  • Richards, Matt and Connor Williams. 2018.  “Undetected:  When Medication Nonadherence Accompanies an Undetectable Viral Load.”  In David, Michael and Jean-Luc Benoit (eds). The Infectious Disease Diagnosis:  A Case Approach.  Springer International Publishing.

  • "Mental Health Promotion Among College Students," POSSE Foundation -- Chicago, February 27, 2018.
  • “A Motivational Approach to the PrEP Cascade and Substance Use:  What the research shows and what we should do about it,” University of Chicago Pediatric Infectious Disease Conference, August 21, 2017.
  • "A Social-Ecological Perspective on Health in Chicago." The Chicago Commons Project, May 2, 2017.
  • "A Social-Ecological Perspective on Social Network Approaches to HIV Prevention," University of Chicago Pediatric Infectious Disease Conference, July 10, 2016.

  • "Trauma Stewardship and Social Justice: Possibilities and Challenges," Episcopal Charities and Community Services, January 21, 2016.
  • Expanding the Continuum of Care: Baseline Results from a Comprehensive HIV Prevention Service Model for High Vulnerability HIV Negative Individuals.” (Williams, C., Lytle, S., Richards, M., Rosebush, J.)  Poster presentation at the LGBT Health Conference, Northwestern University, October, 2015.