Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Adjunct Assistant Professor
With more than 17 years of experience in public health promotion and disease prevention, Dr. Alexis Aviña found her way into public health after surviving young adult cancer. Her professional experiences have focused on improving access, quality, and equity to health for socioeconomically, ethnically, and geopolitically underserved populations through strategy and evaluation. The populations she is most passionate about serving are people of color, women, disabled — those who are voiceless and at the highest risk of negative outcomes. Dr. Aviña’s public health experiences span non-profit, research, teaching, hospital community and government settings. In her current role as the Live Well San Diego Manager, at the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Dr. Aviña is at the forefront of a social movement for wellness among 3.4M residents and anchored in local government. Dr. Aviña is also an adjunct professor at San Diego State University School of Public Health researching anti-poverty and inclusive strategies for well-being.