April A. Fernández, MAS

Office of Binational Border Health
California Department of Public Health

Ms. April Fernández has over 25 years of public health management experience, encompassing a variety of public health issues including reproductive health, telemedicine, migrant health, chronic and infectious diseases, and access to health care. She most recently serves as the chief for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Office of Binational Border Health, coordinating public health program efforts along the California­–Baja California border, as well as migrant populations within California. She currently serves as the co-chair for the Border Health Consortium of the Californias, a binational membership of public, private, and academic institutions with a mission to protect and improve the health of individuals, families, and communities along the California and California–Baja border region.

Prior to her position with CDPH, Ms. Fernandez served as the operations manager for San Diego County Health and Human Services, Public Health Services, providing project management for the $3 million CDC-funded Community Transformation Grant and the county’s $3.5 million Network for a Healthy California program.

From 1991–1999, Ms. Fernandez served as the center director for Planned Parenthood of Ventura County, responsible for planning, developing, implementing reproductive health programs for a multiservice clinic, supervising over 20 professional staff and volunteers. As part of the executive management team, she managed systems for quality improvement, certification, and staff professional education/development.

Ms. Fernandez holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from San Francisco State University and a master’s in advanced studies in health administration from the University of California San Diego and has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica. She is currently a board member for MANA de San Diego, a nonprofit organization that empowers young women through education, leadership development, community service, and advocacy.