Contact Information

Associate Professor
Family and Community Medicine
University of New Mexico
1829 Sigma Chi Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001


Research Keywords
  • Latino Heterogeneity
  • Health Disparities
  • Public Policy
  • Community Engagement.
Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2004


Lisa Cacari-Stone, Ph.D.

Lisa Cacari-Stone, Ph.D.


Ph.D. Brandeis University
M.A. Brandeis University
M.S. Northern Illinois University
B.S. Northern Illinois University

About Me

Lisa is Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine; Director of the Community Engagement Core at NM CARES Health Disparities Center; and Senior Fellow at the RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM. Her research interests include the determinants of health at the macro-level (e.g., immigration policy), community level (e.g., impact of neighborhood context and migration on substance use), and interpersonal level (e.g., role of family and provider communication on chronic disease management among Latinos). She collaborates with multidisciplinary research teams on mixed-methods and community-engaged research. Several of her projects examine the social determinants of health, including a binational comparison of social determinants of Mexican women’s health in two colonias in the Paso del Norte Region, a study of county-state policy responses to health and welfare eligibility and benefits of immigrants in the United States, and systems/policy interventions aimed at promoting health for Latino border communities.

Lisa received her PhD from Brandeis University, completed her postdoctoral research at the Harvard School of Public Health, and served as a Congressional Health Policy Fellow with the late Senator Edward Kennedy. She has been a recipient of the W.K. Kellogg Fellowship in Health Policy and served on the National Advisory Committee of the W.K. Kellogg Scholars in Health Disparities Program. She is a member of the international research network of scholars focusing on Place, Migration, and Health, and a current Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development Program fellow.

Lisa is trusted for her work in translating and disseminating data for policy making with governments, community-based organizations, and foundations (e.g., Congressional Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; N.M. Legislative Health and Human Services Subcommittee; Con Alma Health Foundation; RWJF Access Project; Pan American Health Organization, and South Valley Partners for Environmental Justice). She teaches courses on immigration; health, the border, and social equity; and health care politics and policy.

Lisa is mestiza/Chicano, with roots in Michoacán, Mexico (purepecha, “kakari”). She was born and raised in the Midwest farming Chicano communities of western Illinois and has lived in New Mexico since 1989

Recent Publications

Sánchez V, Cacari Stone L, Moffett ML, Nguyen P, Muhammad M, Bruna-Lewis S, Urias-Chauvin R. Process evaluation of a promotora de salud intervention for improving hypertension outcomes for Latinos living in a rural U.S.-Mexico border region. Health Promot Pract. 2014 May;15(3):356-64. doi: 10.1177/1524839913516343. Epub 2014 Jan 6.

Cacari Stone L, Steimel L, Vasquez-Guzman E, Kaufman A. The potential conflict between policy and ethics in caring for undocumented immigrants at academic health centers. Acad Med. 2014 Apr;89(4):536-9. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000187.

Cacari-Stone L, Wallerstein N, Garcia AP, Minkler M. The promise of community-based participatory research for health equity: a conceptual model for bridging evidence with policy. Am J Public Health. 2014 Sep;104(9):1615-23. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.301961. Epub 2014 Jul 17.

Cacari Stone, L., & Viruell-Fuentes, E. & Acevedo-Garcia, D. (2007). Socio-Economic and Health Care System Threats to Latino Health: Implications for Policy and Prevention. California Journal of Health Promotion, May.

Willging, C., Cacari Stone, L., Lewis, R. , Lamphere, L. & Duran, B. (2007). Seeking Help in Rural Communities: Homophobia and Racism Impact Mental Health Care. American Sexuality Journal and American Sexuality Anthology, May.

Cacari Stone, L. & Boldt, D. (2006). Closing the Health Disparity Gap in New Mexico: A Roadmap for Grant-Making, Con Alma Health Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Cacari Stone, L. & Armijo-Etre, K (2005). Long-Term Services in New Mexico: Rebalancing the System. NM Aging & Long-Term Services Department, National Governor’s Association Grant.