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

  • RWJF Center for Health Policy Doctoral Fellow

    Belinda Vicuña has received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology (double major) and Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico. For Belinda, New Mexico is home, but she is certainly proud to claim her roots in Bolivia. She feels strongly about health equity/social justice, which has led her to bridge psychology and public health with her research. Taking a strengths-based approach, it is her aim to appreciate the importance of resilience within individuals and communities. Especially among marginalized and underserved communities, resiliency resources (for example: culture, family, or spirituality) can be greatly influential in promoting health. Belinda’s greatest motivation is to serve her community through her research in cancer prevention, finding the place where her deepest desire meets the greatest need.

  • Omar Avendanyo is a former Student of the RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM. Currently, he is a Revenue Development Associate at Impact Radius at Santa Barbara, California.