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Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH

V P, External Relations

Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, is PHI's vice president for external relations, preventive medicine advisor and director of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice.

A long-standing voice for the public's health, Nevarez is responsible at PHI for developing relationships with health and public health organizations and interests, incubating new project areas and public health advocacy. She served as president of the American Public Health Association in 2010.

At PHI, Nevarez positions the organization for further partnerships and initiatives domestically and internationally. She is the creator of Dialogue4Health.org, a web-based conferencing center that uses Web Forums, a social network and other resources to encourage collaboration between the prevention community and those communities whose work impacts health. 

Her areas of expertise include teenage pregnancy prevention, health disparities, Latino health, obesity, and chronic disease prevention and health reform.

Before coming to PHI, Nevarez served as the director, health officer and environmental health director for Berkeley's Health and Human Services Department, after which she worked as a special assistant to the dean at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, developing university participation in community-based public health projects and teaching a graduate course in multicultural competence. She has served as medical director at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland, a federally qualified health center.

A gynecologist and preventive medicine specialist, Nevarez maintains a part-time clinical practice.





Advancing Health Equity

The Center for Health Leadership and Practice will train emerging community and institutional leaders to work across sectors to improve health and equity in under-resourced communities in California.  This will be the third cohort of the CA Leadership Academy for the Public's Health program.

Applied Public Health Leadership Training Program

PHI and partners will recruit and select multi-sectoral teams across the nation working on critical community health issues. Teams are trained in effective leadership practices and will implement a community health implementation project related to a known and measurable outcome linked to national objectives and/or current county health ranking goals.

California Leadership Academy for the Public's Health (CaLAPH)

CaLAPH's goal is to develop a cadre of current and emerging leaders that work across sectors/disciplines to advance health equity in California through transformational leadership. Funded by The California Endowment, CaLAPH works with fellows to plan, develop and/or implement policy and systems change and to expand and develop partnerships and networks among participants, alumni, teams, communities and stakeholders. The California teams deepen their leadership practice as they work together on an applied health leadership project to address social determinants of health and work toward health in all policies in their community.


CDC NLACHI Curriculum and Program Development

PHI will ensure public health focus is a fundamental element in the National Leadership Academy for Community Health Improvement (NLACHI) curriculum and program.  PHI will support NLACHI curriculum and program development at pre-Association for Community Health Improvement meetings, ensure curriculum development with a public health lens, include case study development for the curriculum, and develop a competency model for NLACHI.

Cultiva La Salud: Cultivating Health Equity in California’s San Joaquin Valley

Cultiva La Salud aims to reduce health disparities and prevent chronic disease among Latinos in Turlock, Ceres, Southeast Fresno, Orange Cove, Southeast Bakersfield and Arvin through interventions addressing poor nutrition and physical inactivity. It will also engage residents in planning, implementation and evaluation processes, building their capacity to be advocates for change. The program will connect interventions with opportunities for economic development and civic engagement. 


Developing Effective Leadership for Community Health Improvement

Conduct an expanded evaluation of the National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health. This will include an environmental scan and meta-analysis of similar efforts with the goal of establishing definitive guidelines for promoting  intersectoral leadership for community health improvement.


Dialogue4Health (D4H), a project of PHI, is a community that conceives, builds and shares strategies to improve the public's health. D4H partners with local, national and global organizations to host Web Forums and share critical resources. 

Dialogue4Health 2015-2017

In collaboration with Ca4Health and CaLAPH, D4H will produce 4-6 web forums per year, meeting the priority needs of Ca4Health and CaLAPH participants.

Emerging Latino Public Health Professional Development Project

The California Wellness Foundation provided support to recognize Latino health promotion and prevention programs as well as community-based organizations and leaders at the 2012 American Public Health Association meeting.

Evaluation of the Impact of a Menu-Labeling Program (Smart Menu/La Salud Tiene Sabor)

This project will evaluate the Impact of a Menu-Labeling Program (Smart Menu/La Salud Tiene Sabor). The evaluation will assess the impact of the Sabor program's activities on consumers' purchase intention and meal choices; vendor practices; and to describe the program's accomplishments, challenges and lessons learned.

Expanded Evaluation of the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health

This project will assess the long-term impact of a major intervention designed to build the capacity for collaborative leadership that improves population health: the National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health (NLAPH). A robust evaluation of NLAPH's impact will examine the integrity of its structure and selection process, review the state of the art in the field, and measure the long-term impact of the NLAPH on community health improvement.

Invest Health Initiative Leadership Training

Center for Health Leadership and Practice will design and implement a leadership academy for the Invest Health Initiative.

Leadership Consulting

The Center for Health Leadership and Practice creates custom leadership guidance for local health departments and regional initiatives to help them achieve their goals and objectives. Current and previous partners include the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit of Southern California, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

Leadership Development for American Indian and Alaska Native Partners for Good Health and Wellness

The CDC Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support is working to build the capacity of the public health workforce in an effort to improve health outcomes. The purpose of this project is to improve population health by training the current local and tribal public health department workforce, which includes the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country grantees in partnership with communities and other sectors. The leadership development program will serve as part of the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health Cohort 5.

Leadership Development for Ebola-affected Countries: National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health

PHI will offer training and support to further develop the leadership skills and build upon lessons learned as a result of the epidemic. In addition, the program will build international and domestic public health capacity for response to Ebola and other infectious disease outbreaks using the four factors identified by the World Health Organization that helped end the Ebola outbreak in one of the West African countries: 1) Leadership; 2) Community Engagement; 3) Strong Support for International Community; and 4) Strong Coordination.

Leadership Learning Network

The Leadership Learning Network (LLN) provides ongoing leadership training to public health professionals who have completed a Center for Health Leadership and Practice program. Through webinars and peer networking, the LLN brings together health and leadership experts with program alumni in intimate conversations on new and emerging practices in the public health field.

Leadership Training to Build the Capacity of the Public Health Workforce in Appalachia

The CDC Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support is working to build the capacity of the public health workforce in Appalachia in an effort to improve health outcomes. The purpose of this project is to provide public health leadership training to a group of public health leaders within the US Virgin Islands.  The program will include a planning phase to customize the training approach and will be tailored to the leadership needs of the target audience.

Leadership Training to Build the Capacity of the Public Health Workforce in the US Virgin Islands

Legislative Brief on PACE Interventions for Chronic Disease

PHI will prepare an outcomes and benefits brief for legislators, legislative staff, and MediCal program officials that presents evidence for eight to ten interventions and/or practices implemented by the California Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) that contribute to better outcomes for patients with various chronic conditions.

Mobilization for Health

CHLP will be a partner organization providing critical expertise. CHLP will advise Y-USA on the design of a leadership development program customized to meet their needs. This includes delivery model, curriculum content, rollout strategy, quality assurance and evaluation methodology. This advisory role will be based on CHLP’s knowledge from the development of its Academies and proven results.

Mobilizing Care Delivery in Sacramento in the Era of Health Reform Convening

The goal of this project is to design and deliver a health care convening of local stakeholders, state and national health sector leaders, and practitioners intended to improve health outcomes in Sacramento County under health reform.

National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health (NLAPH)

Since 2011, NLAPH has trained multisectoral teams from across the U.S. Funded by the CDC, United Health Foundation and the Kresge Foundation, NLAPH’s goal is to develop the leadership capacity of participants working across sectors to contribute to improved population health. This one-year program uses an action learning process that includes a webinar series, leadership retreat, coaching support, peer networking, an applied health leadership project, and web-based resources. The curriculum encourages advances in leadership knowledge, attitudes and practices.

Technology-Enabled Innovation and Integration of Care

This project builds a support infrastructure that will enable organizations to identify, financially assess, incentivize, and implement technology-enabled strategies that improve integration of care. Through improved planning and transition processes the project helps organizations take these technological innovations to scale.

Webinar Series: Using OSHPD Data to Assess Changes in the Healthcare Delivery System

PHI will engage consultants from the Center for Health Improvement and together will collaborate with Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and provide support for the webinar series highlighting OSHPD data titled "Using OSHPD Data to Assess Changes in the Healthcare Delivery System."

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Teen Births in California: No Time for Complacency (2012)

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Capacity Building & Training

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Chronic Disease

Chronic, non-communicable diseases—such as heart disease, cancer, asthma, obesity, and diabetes—are responsible for close to 75 percent...

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Coalition & Network Building

Building strong coalitions and networks is essential to solving today’s pressing public health issues. The Public Health Institute (PHI) can ...

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Communications & Social Marketing

Strong messaging is integral to creating strategic, effective, and clear public health campaigns. Public Health Institute can help you develop prin...

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Health Equity & Social Justice

Our health and wellbeing are directly impacted by our community environments. Unfortunately, not all environments are designed to promote and suppo...

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Leadership Development

Today's public health challenges are complex, rapidly evolving, and call for a new approach to leadership development—one that advances h...

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Outreach & Dissemination

The Public Health Institute is dedicated to lifting up public health best practices, while actively cultivating an engaged community of public heal...

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Population Health

Access to high-quality, affordable health care is critical. Yet health is also heavily determined by factors outside the doctor’s office, fro...

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Reproductive & Sexual Health

Giving women control over their childbearing and reproductive health gives them control over their lives. Policies and programs that support girls ...

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