Dr. Nevarez currently serves as the Vice President of External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor at the Public Health Institute (PHI), one of the largest and most comprehensive non-profit public health organizations in the nation
Dr. Nevarez has over 32 years of experience as a physician and 29 years as a public health practitioner, having served as the Director of Department of Health and Human Services and Health Officer, City of Berkeley, California, as well as in various clinical settings including serving as Medical Director at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland. She is Immediate Past President of the American Public Health Association (APHA). She is past Board Chair of Latino Coalition for a Healthy California and a member of the Partnership for Prevention Advisory Board. In addition, she has served state government as a member of advisory committees on Primary Care Clinics, Binational and Border Health and Multicultural Health. Her areas of expertise include community based strategies for chronic disease prevention, women’s reproductive health, and social media for public health. She has been instrumental in developing and implementing a data driven strategy for advocating for teen birth prevention activities in the California legislature.