College of Health Sciences
Dr. Larissa J. Estes has over 15 years of public health and healthcare experience. At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, she is responsible for developing, managing, and reporting on programs and initiatives with community partners that addresses health equity and strengthens clinical and community services. Since 2012, Dr. Estes has served as contributing faculty in the School of Health Sciences. Dr. Estes is interested in developing and integrating evidence-based and promising practices across sectors and systems that impact health and wellbeing. Much of her career has included widespread collaboration with regional and local partners, facilitating consensus building among senior leaders and community-based stakeholders, and execution of multi-sectoral strategies. She has prior experience in program planning, implementation, and evaluation; maternal and child health; women’s health; and public health and healthcare policy analysis. Prior to joining UCSF Benioff in 2018, Dr. Estes served as the health system transformation program manager at Prevention Institute, leading projects focused on strategies for healthcare to move “outside the clinic walls,” and identifying community strategies that support mental health and wellbeing. From 2013-2015 Dr. Estes was a policy analyst for the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency, serving as key programmatic staff in the development of legislative policy recommendations to improve health care quality and efficiency across Texas. She has experience in federal, state, city, and county level, non-profit, government, and academic public health. Dr. Estes earned her BS in Athletic Training from Duquesne University, a MPH in Family and Child Health from the University of Arizona, and a DrPH in Community Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. Her doctoral studies specialized in using enhanced surveillance methods and policy analysis to address maternal mortality in Texas which led to the implementation of a statewide maternal mortality and morbidity review board. Dr. Estes is part-time faculty with the Walden University, College of Health Sciences, adjunct faculty with the Texas Tech Health Science Center School of Nursing, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She also serves on the Austin Clubhouse Board Advisory Board, and the HealthImpact and California Action Coalition Advisory Committee Board.