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Lisa Cacari Stone, PhD, MA, MS

Associate Professor

Assistant Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation(RWJF) Center for Health Policy

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Contact Information

Phone: (505) 272-0511

Academic Career

Lisa Cacari Stone, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the College of Population Health and Assistant Director with the RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. She also directs the Community Engagement Core at the New Mexico Health Disparities Research Center and was recently appointed to the Expert Research Panel of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission. Dr. Cacari Stone received her PhD from Brandeis University, completed her postdoctoral research at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and served as a postdoctoral policy fellow with the late Senator Edward Kennedy. She has been a recipient of the WK Kellogg Fellowship in Health Policy and served on the National Advisory Board to the WK Kellogg Scholars in Health Disparities Research.

Teaching/Research Interests

Her research interests encompass the determinants of health on the macro level (immigration policy and health reform), the community level (impact of neighborhood context and migration on substance use), and the interpersonal level (the role of promotores de salud in bridging patient and provider communication for chronic disease management among Latinos). She collaborates with multidisciplinary research teams using community-based participatory policy research and mixed-methods approaches to advance health equity and social justice.  

Her research has been supported by over a dozen organizations including the National Institute of Health, the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Research Program on Migration and Health (PIMSA), the New Mexico State Legislature, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Pan American Health Organization and the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission.

Dr. Cacari Stone is widely trusted for her work in translating and disseminating data for policy making with governments, community-based organizations, coalitions and foundations. In the Southwest she has conducted policy analysis for, among others, the New Mexico Legislative Educational Study Committee, the Legislative Health and Human Services Subcommittee, the Governors’ Women’s Advisory Council, the Legislative Medicaid Reform Committee and the Health Coverage for New Mexicans Committee. More recently, she was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the uninsured in border communities.

Dr. Cacari Stone prepares students to bridge theory and research in developing real-world solutions to promote health and social justice. She teaches Health Policy, Politics and Social Equity, which prepares students to conduct evidence-informed policy making and engage with stakeholders at a statewide public health legislative forum. Service learning is the feature of the U.S.-Mexico Border Migration and Latino Health course that exposes students to the social, political and economic conditions of students in the border region.

Professional Memberships

  • American Public Health Association
  • NM Public Health Association
  • Academy Health
  • WK Kellogg National Health Policy Scholars, Place, Migration and Health Network
  • National Collaborative for Health Equity
  • New Mexico Health Equity Partnership
  • National Hispanic Science Network
  • U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, expert research panel member


Advancing Health Equity for Children and Families in New Mexico under the Affordable Care Act
University Showcase (Friday, November 18, 2016)

UNM study focuses on role of counties in covering the uninsured
(HSCNewsBeat; Aug. 3, 2015) ─ It has long been known that insurance leads to better health and quality of life, yet UNM researchers recently found that U.S. counties vary widely in the number of insured residents.

Health insurance coverage in U.S. varies widely by county, pointing to need for further reform studies
(PNHP; Jul. 20, 2015) ─ A new study conducted by a team of researchers at the University of New Mexico suggests that success in reducing the number of uninsured in the United States requires addressing the large inequalities in health insurance coverage at the county level.

RWJF: Fellow's Research Tackles Tough Health Issues on the American Frontier
(RWJF; December 20, 2011) ─ In 1953, a daring team of filmmakers attempted to tell the true story of Latino miners protesting inhumane working and living conditions in Silver City, a New Mexico border town. The film, Salt of the Earth, addressed racism, sexism and the impact of poverty so boldly that then-Sen. Joseph McCarthy banned it in the United States.