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Rebeca Cerna

Rebeca Cerna is a Senior Research Associate in the Health & Justice Program (HJP) at WestEd. She has served as an evaluator, trainer/coach, and facilitator for multiple projects targeting public health, wellness, school climate/culture, stakeholder voice, data use, and adult education.

Currently, Cerna:

  • Directs the Building Healthy Communities School Health Data Project funded by The California Endowment, focused on building the capacity of 14 communities across California in understanding and using school health data
  • Serves as the Evaluation Director for an Investing in Innovation (i3) development grant measuring the impacts of a positive school climate model on social-emotional learning
  • Serves as a member of the implementation team for a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-funded Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program assessing the impact of a Healthy U, a virtual student health app on youthful males in Oregon correctional facilities

In addition to her HJP projects, Cerna performs work for the Regional Educational Laboratory West’s (REL West’s) Rural Education and Health Alliance. In this role, she leads the efforts of a California-based Cross-Sector Data Sharing Work Group striving to strengthen and promote the use of cross-sector education and health student-level data- and information-sharing between California school-based health centers and hosting schools and districts.

Prior to joining WestEd, Cerna worked for the University of California, Riverside, on several research projects focused on reducing risk factors associated with substance abuse and violence and increasing protective factors. She also collaborated with community-based organizations on projects related to mentorship, youth development, teen pregnancy prevention, and civic engagement.

Cerna received an MPH in community health from the University of California, Los Angeles.

She is bicultural and bilingual in Spanish.