RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM

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Scholars

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

    Yoshira D. Macias Mejia is a doctoral student in the department of political science. She is a first generation Mexican American and Southern California native. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with her bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She also holds a M.A. in American Politics and Public Policy from the University of New Mexico. She has been graduate intern at the New Mexico State Department of Health. Through this internship she was able to gain insight as to how health policies affect non-English language speakers in New Mexico. This informs her research because she is able to use this knowledge for her future field work in New Mexico. Her rationale for pursuing health equity issues stem primarily from personal experience with family members.

  • Assistant Professor, College of Education

    Dr. Lorenda Belone (Diné/Navajo) is Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico College of Education, within the Department of Health, Exercise, & Sports Sciences. Currently, Dr. Belone holds a secondary appointment with the Center for Participatory Research (CPR), a School of Medicine unit within the Vice Chancellor’s Office of Community Health at the Health Sciences Center