RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM

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Senior Leader

Senior Leadership -- Assistant Director

Lisa Cacari Stone, Ph.D., M.S., M.A.

(505) 690-4404

Associate Professor, Director, Community Engagement Core NM CARES Health Disparities Center, Senior Fellow, RWJF Center for Health Policy
Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of New Mexico

Research Interests 

Lisa Cacari Stone, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy with the Public Health Program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Senior Fellow with the RWJF Center for Health Policy. Her research interests span across a range of social determinants of population health.

Her investigations encompass the macro-level determinants of health and access to health care (e.g. migration, immigration policy, political ideologies), to the community level (e.g. social and contextual influences of substance use for immigrant women), to the individual level (e.g. psychosocial risks factors for hypertension management among Latinos).

Her studies along the U.S.-Mexico border have involved multi-disciplinary collaborations (e.g. economics, medical sociology, anthropology) with community and academic partners to develop and evaluate evidence-based interventions and policies that promote health equity. From 2010 to 2012 she was the Principle Investigator for a Comparative Effectiveness Research project in collaboration with Hidalgo Medical Services (NIH/NIMHHD). This two-year project evaluated and compared a primary care/community health worker intervention to just primary care for medically underserved Latino rural border residents diagnosed with hypertension.

Other recent projects include a bi-national comparison of Mexican women’s perceptions on access to health care in two colonias in the Paso del Norte region, a study of county-state policy responses to health and welfare eligibility and benefits immigrants in the U.S. and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on access to health care for vulnerable children and families in New Mexico.

Dr. Cacari Stone is Director of the Community Engagement Core under the P20 funded Disparities research Center funded by the National Institutes of Health and was elected to the Expert Research Panel of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission and is currently a fellow with the Kaiser Permanente Chris Burch Minority Leadership Program.

David Van der Goes

Van der Goes
Assistant Professor, UNM Department of Economics
505 277-5304

Dr. van der Goes has a PhD in economics from Lehigh University with specializations in health and labor. His dissertation focused on Vietnam veterans and their families, covering the impact of active duty service on health outcomes and labor market outcomes, and effects on the children of the Vietnam War draft era.
After graduate school, Dr. van der Goes completed a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Washington. He continued his training and developed skills in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research. His work there included research on surgical quality, smoking cessation, and migraine amongst other areas.
Dr. van der Goes’ interest in migraine led him to pursue research in the economics of the practice of neurology, focusing on intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring and electro-diagnostics. Dr. van der Goes has publications on these topics in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, and the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. Dr. van der Goes currently has several neurology projects underway, including one funded by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).
Additionally, Dr. van der Goes is interested in pain, chronic kidney disease, and pediatric oral health. He has ongoing research projects these areas, as well.

Research Interests 

Pharmacoeconomics, Outcomes Research, Health Economics, Applied Microeconometrics, Applied Microeconomics