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Vice President for External Relations The Public Health Institute, CA
Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH, currently serves as the Vice President for External Relations, Public Health Institute, where she has responsibility for incubating new project areas and developing relationships with health and public health organizations and interests. She is formerly the Health Officer of the City of Berkeley, an independent health jurisdiction. During her tenure at the City of Berkeley, she also was named to the position of Environmental Health Director and later, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services. As Director, she had responsibility over a comprehensive department with public health, mental health, environmental health and social services programs. She was instrumental in the development of the Berkeley Primary Care Access Clinic, a new entity that was created as a joint project of community interests, the local community hospital and regional political interests. After leaving the City of Berkeley, she began CRN Health Consulting Group, and participated in the development of a series of projects in public health leadership, public health education and community health. In 1996, she became the Community Liaison in the Office of the Dean, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley. In this position she helped to develop university participation in community-based public health projects and she developed and taught a graduate course in Multicultural Competence in Public Health. She also provided considerable expertise in the development of the SPH proposal for a Public Health Workforce Development Project. Since 1979, she has maintained a part-time clinical practice in Reproductive Health.