The RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico is a physical, educational and cultural home for promising health policy scholars and researchers. The varied knowledge, background, and experience of its fellows enable the center to address the full spectrum of issues that affect health and health care in our communities.

Meet the Scholars

  • Postdoctoral Research Economist

    Benjamin A. Jones is a postdoctoral research economist at the University of Oklahoma, Center for Risk and Crisis Management and Center for Energy, Security, and Society. He works on projects related to non-market valuation of hydropower and water, natural and manmade environmental risk, and environmental health. Currently, he is assisting with design and data collection of non-market values for hydropower produced by Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. Economic valuation associated with disruption to Native American tribes, rural ranching and farming communities, and human health impacts of air pollution are being investigated as part of this project and within the context of coupled-human and natural systems in the western US.

  • RWJF Center for Health Policy Doctoral Fellow

    Kristina Piorkowski is a doctoral student in the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico. She recently earned her Master’s degree in Economics in spring of 2015 and obtained her Bachelors in Economics in 2013, also at the University of New Mexico. Her undergraduate honors thesis focused on rural health in Nepal, specifically on the factors affecting birthing location decisions. Her interest in health equity issues began in high school when she decided she wanted to be a medical doctor to provide care to underserved populations. After discovering she had a squeamish stomach and, eventually, a passion for economics, she decided to use her research in health economics as a tool to analyze and inform policy to eliminate health disparities.