RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM

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Sonia Bettez

Post-Doctoral Scholar, Center for Health Policy at UNM

Research Interests: The Sociology of Health, Race and Ethnicity, Health Policy, Translating Research into Policy, Immigrant Health.

Research Interests 

Sonia P. Bettez, PhD, LMSW, is a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Health policy (RWJF) at the University of New Mexico. She holds a post-doctoral fellowship sponsored by the RWJ Center with an academic appointment in the Department of Sociology. Sonia works at the RWJF Center and at NMCARES Community Engagement Core. Her research focuses on how societal systems promote health and illness by influencing and driving the socio-structural determinants of health.

Sonia participates in the Leadership Committee of the Center. She works regularly with faculty to develop and facilitate leadership sessions for the fellows and is committed to their success and the longevity and sustainability of the Center.

Sonia was born and grew up in Colombia, South America, speaks Spanish and English and blends Latino and U.S. cultures. Working with and on behalf of Latinos in Massachusetts, North Carolina and New Mexico, she is experienced in the issues faced by underrepresented populations and is committed to working with communities to bridge knowledge and policy to improve health outcomes. Her experience, scholarship and awareness of structural barriers to equality and equity motivate her to work for system change for the benefit of underrepresented populations.