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Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH

VP, External Relations | Director, Center for Health Leadership and Practice

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.





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)

Similar to our national academy, this program develops cadres of current and emerging leaders working across sectors and disciplines to advance health equity in the state of California through transformational leadership. Funded by The California Endowment, CaLAPH works with participants 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. The 2018 CaLAPH cohort will be the fourth. Learn more about CaLAPH here.

CDC NLACHI Curriculum and Program Development

The National Leadership Academy for Community Health Improvement (NLACHI) uses an experiential learning process which includes the Action Learning Model of plan, do, check/reflect, and act. The program integrates multiple learning modalities including in-person, distance, synchronous and asynchronous learning. All program activities will be enhanced by the teams working together to reflect on their leadership learning.


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 assessed 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, this evaluation examined the integrity of its structure and selection process, reviewed the state of the art in the field, and measured the long-term impact of the NLAPH on community health improvement. The focus was the continuing work of the first two cohorts of the NLAPH program. Click to read the full NLAPH evaluation report.

Invest Health Initiative Leadership Training

Center for Health Leadership and Practice was a design and curriculum development partner of the Reinvestment Fund for the duration of the leadership academy for participants of the 50-city 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 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 Program Design for Y-USA 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.

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.

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)

NLAPH trains multi-sector teams from across the U.S. with the goal of developing the leadership capacity of participants working across sectors to contribute to improved population health. Funded by the CDC, this one-year program uses cutting-edge strategies, tools and the latest in cross-sector collaboration practices, including an action-learning process that includes a webinar series, leadership retreat, coaching support, peer networking, an Applied Health Leadership Project (AHLP), and web-based resources. The curriculum encourages advances in leadership knowledge, attitudes and practices. NLAPH teams learn by doing as they work on an issue already a priority in their community through their AHLP.

Some of the enriching projects from previous years include:

  • Partnerships to Address Community Health and Realize Health Equity

  • Systems and Environmental Change to Tackle Substance Abuse

  • Culturally-Adapted Strategies to Address Chronic Disease

  • Policy Change in Smoke-Free Housing and Parks

  • Healthy and Active Living through the Built Environment and Workplace Wellness

  • Community Resilience to respond to Emergency Events

In addition to a nationally competitive cohort open to communities around the country, the CDC has invested in some specific mini-cohorts chosen according to an issue, region or special population that would most benefit from the processes, tools and skills of the NLAPH program. Some of these have included the Appalachian region, the US Virgin Islands, American Indian and Alaska Native populations, Ebola-affected regions, and Zika-affected regions. During NLAPH’s fifth year, the CDC Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, to support the improvement of population health, funded a specific cohort of NLAPH to train the current local and tribal public health department workforce. This cohort included some of the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country grantees in partnership with their communities and other sectors.

NLAPH also provided training and support to further develop the leadership skills and build upon lessons learned from the Ebola epidemic. The program’s purpose was to build international and domestic public health capacity for response to Ebola and other infectious disease outbreaks. It was based on the four factors identified by the World Health Organization that helped end Ebola outbreaks in West Africa: 1) Leadership; 2) Community Engagement; 3) Strong Support for International Community; and 4) Strong Coordination.

In 2018, we will welcome NLAPH Cohort 7. Learn more about NLAPH here.

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.

Tribal Opioid Coalition Program Design Planning

The Center for Health Leadership and Practice is providing consultation to the California Rural Indian Health Board on program design to provide structure for their Tribal Medication Assisted Treatment local opioid coalition work.

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."

PHI's Carmen Nevarez on California Primary Care Association's "Community Healthcast" (2017)

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Advancing the Health of Communities and Populations: A Vital Direction for Health and Health Care (2016)

We have a long way to go to strengthen the public health system to provide adequate protection for communities. Dollar for dollar our health care e...

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PHI50 Videos (2014)

In honor of our 50th anniversary in 2014, PHI created a series of videos that looked back at what public health has accomplished in the last half c...

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Anti-Sex Ed Curriculum Makes the List: Don’t Blame Obama, Blame the System, RH Reality Check (2012)

Heritage Keepers, an abstinence-only-until-marriage program that is medically inaccurate, biased, fear- and shame-based and otherwise inappropriate...

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

California’s teen birth rate has dropped below 30 births per thousand for the first time in more than 40 years. Its 2010 rate of 29.0 re...

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Capacity Building & Training

With diverse public health programs spanning the globe, PHI understands how strong leadership and organizational management can enhance the success...

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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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The evaluation of public health programs and policies is essential to improving health outcomes. PHI offers a full suite of evaluation services&mda...

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Health Equity & Social Justice

Health is a fundamental human right. But in the U.S. and around the world, people of color, low-income communities, people with disabilities and ot...

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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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Opioids—either prescription medications or an illicit drug—present one of the most serious drug crisis the US has ever experienced. Dru...

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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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