Jessica M. Núñez de Ybarra, MD, MPH, FACPM
Chief, Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention Section, Chronic Disease Control Branch, Division of Chronic Disease & Injury Control
California Department of Public Health
Jessica M. Núñez de Ybarra is a physician and public health medical officer at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) working as Chief of the Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention Section since October 2012.
She is Board Certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.
Starting July 1, 2014, she will serve as the Director of Coordination in implementing the California Wellness Plan (CWP), the state chronic disease prevention and health promotion plan that she and a multi-disciplinary team developed in collaboration with internal and external partners. In this position, she will work with Partners to convene a statewide workgroup to increase integration of public health and the health care sector. She will also monitor and track specific program activities relevant to CWP implementation for collective impact in the prevention and control of chronic diseases and associated risk factors. Jessica previously worked for CDPH Center for Infectious Diseases facilitating internal public health communications, training and preparedness activities to address emerging public health threats including creation and oversight of CDPH LabAspire, a public health laboratory director’s training program from 2006 through 2012.
Jessica received a Medical Doctorate from UCD in 1997 and a Master in Public Health in Health Services Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000. She successfully completed CDPH PMRP in 2001 and a CDPH Policy Fellowship in 2002. She currently serves as faculty for CDPH Preventive Medicine Residency Program (PMRP) and as volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California Davis (UCD) School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences.
She is actively engaged as a physician leader serving as President of the Sacramento Latino Medical Association (SaLMA). In this capacity she joined forces with UCD Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program to conduct the Cardiovascular Disease Community-Based Preventive Intervention for High-Risk Latina Women in Sacramento County in 2013 partially funded by the Sierra Health Foundation.