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Angelina González-Aller

Angelina
González-Aller
RWJF Center for Health Policy Doctoral Fellow
505 272-5098
Biography 

Angelina is a doctoral student in political science. She obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico, graduating summa cum laude in political science. Angelina has also studied in universities in both Spain and Mexico, where she obtained a second degree in Spanish.

Research Interests 

Angelina is a doctoral student in political science. She obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico, graduating summa cum laude in political science. Angelina has also studied in universities in both Spain and Mexico, where she obtained a second degree in Spanish. During her undergraduate career Angelina completed the Ronald E. McNair scholars program and interned for the United States Congress in Washington D.C. While in Washington, Angelina completed extensive research in the field of political science and resolved to continue her education at the graduate level. A native New Mexican, Angelina grew up assisting her parents with the care of her special needs sister, an experience that drove her to adopt the study of health policy. As a scholar of American government Angelina focuses on the relationship between representation of racial and ethnic minorities and public policy.

Sunny Bergh Holmes

Sunny
Holmes
Biography 

Sunny Bergh Holmes is a health educator at Planned Parenthood of New Mexico (PPNM). Ms. Bergh Holmes received a masters in political science from the University of New Mexico.

Research Interests 

Sunny Bergh Holmes is a health educator at Planned Parenthood of New Mexico (PPNM). Ms. Bergh Holmes received a masters in political science from the University of New Mexico.

Omar Avendanyo

Omar
Avendanyo
Biography 

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.

Research Interests 

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.

Kimberly Henderson

Kimberly
Henderson
Biography 

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Research Interests 

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Heaven Handley

Heaven
Handley
Biography 

Currently a Ph.D candidate in the department of Sociology.

Research Interests 

Currently a Ph.D candidate in the department of Sociology.

Edward Vargas, PhD

Edward
Vargas
Biography 

Dr. Vargas obtained his PhD in Public Affairs/Sociology from Indiana University in 2010. Since then, he has held teaching-focused postdoctoral positions at the University of North Carolina and the University of New Mexico, as well as a visiting lecturer position at Indiana University. He looks forward to having protected research time to focus on his research. His research interests include the effects of poverty and inequality on the quality of life, focusing specifically on health, education, and social policy, and how these factors contribute to the well-being of vulnerable families, as well as the methodological issues involved in the quantitative study of race and ethnicity

Research Interests 

Dr. Vargas obtained his PhD in Public Affairs/Sociology from Indiana University in 2010. Since then, he has held teaching-focused postdoctoral positions at the University of North Carolina and the University of New Mexico, as well as a visiting lecturer position at Indiana University. He looks forward to having protected research time to focus on his research. His research interests include the effects of poverty and inequality on the quality of life, focusing specifically on health, education, and social policy, and how these factors contribute to the well-being of vulnerable families, as well as the methodological issues involved in the quantitative study of race and ethnicity

Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, DrPH, MPH

Valarie
Jernigan
Biography 

Assistant Professor, Health Promotion Sciences College of Public Health
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Research Interests 

Assistant Professor, Health Promotion Sciences College of Public Health
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Vanessa Simonds, MS, ScD

Vanessa
Simonds
Biography 

University of Iowa Department of Community and Behavioral Health, College of Public Health

Dianna McEnnerney

Dianna
McEnnerney
Biography 

Currently working for UNM medical group as the Director of Managed Care Analytics, Reimbursement, Health Care Policy.

Elvira Pichardo Delacour

Elvira
Delacour
Biography 

Currently working for UNM medical group as the Director of Managed Care Analytics, Reimbursement, Health Care Policy.

Research Interests 

Currently working for UNM medical group as the Director of Managed Care Analytics, Reimbursement, Health Care Policy.

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