County Welcomes New Public Health Assistant Director


For several years, she has had a connection to the County. Now she is a part of it.

Meet Elizabeth Hernandez. She is the newassistant director of the Public Health Services division for the County Health and Human Services Agency.

“My work life has always been very service oriented. The County is very forward thinking, complex and multifaceted,” said Hernandez, a Los Angeles native and Chula Vista resident. “At the County, I have an opportunity to work with very smart people who also have a lot of passion for what they do.”

Prior to arriving at the County, Hernandez was vice president of Neighborhood House Association, where she managed a $10 million budget, supervised more than 70 employees and worked with 40 community partners. She also managed several contracts from the County—Aging and Independence, Public Health and Behavioral Health—and was instrumental in making her former employer a Live Well San Diego partner.

Hernandez has over 12 years of experience in organizational development and project and operational management. She holds a doctorate degree in Industrial Organizational/Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University. She also speaks Spanish.

“We are excited to have Elizabeth join the Public Health Services team,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Her experience in organizational development and project and operational management will be an asset not only to Public Health but also the County.”

In her new position, Hernandez will report to Dr. Wooten.

“I am very excited to be under Dr. Wooten’s leadership,” said Hernández, who enjoys outside activities at Balboa Park with her three small children. “I see all the great work that Public Health Services is doing. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of it?”