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

Lisa Cacari Stone is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Senior Research Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico. She has been a national recipient of the W.K. Kellogg Doctoral Fellowship in Health Policy Research at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, where she received her doctoral degree in 2004. From 2005 to 2008, she served as an H. Jack Geiger Congressional Health Policy Fellow for Senator Edward M. Kennedy with the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. During that time, she also was a W.K. Kellogg Scholars in Health Disparities Program and Alonzo Yerby post-doctoral scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Research Interests & Projects

Cacari Stone’s work explores the influences of border migration, and social policy upon health as well as the role of community engagement in developing interventions that might reduce those health disparities. Her most recent work examines local county variation in policy making and its implications for access to health care among medically underserved populations in the United States. In one study, Cacari Stone and her colleagues found marked variation in social policy related to immigrants within and across states and counties. The differences could not be explained by variations in demographic change (i.e., more immigration vs. less). Rather, local immigrant-related policies were more likely to be explained by ideologies of electorates and partisanship, the financial and resource capacities of government and the nature of the existing safety-net system, the political power of certain groups and levels of civic engagement. Another study examined the role of counties in providing access to health care. Rates of uninsured people across 3,079 counties varied from 4 percent to 38 percent -- a much wider range than revealed by state-level data. Predictors of county-level uninsurance rates included the share of persons living in poverty, the share of Hispanics, and the share of the electorate that votes Republican.

Cacari Stone is also principal investigator for several projects in the U.S.-Mexico border region including a Comparative Effectiveness Research project funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health. The purpose of this study is to engage with community partners in the development, implementation and translation and dissemination of a clinical-community intervention to reduce cardio-vascular disease among Latinos living in two southwest border counties. Her other recent work includes: 1) Director of the Community Engagement Core with the New Mexico which aims to create a vigorous, self-sustaining research center that advances the scientific based knowledge about interventions and solutions to health disparities in Southwestern Native American and Hispanic communities; and 2) The United States-Mexico Border Centers of Excellence Consortium, which aims at bridging evidence-based medicine and community strategies to decrease disparities in access to health. Finally, her research portfolio involves community and policy engaged research for social change. Cacari Stone has worked on projects with a wide range of governments, non-profit and philanthropic organizations and associations, including: The Center for Primary Care Research, Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality, Robert Wood Johnson Access Project; National Conference of State Legislatures; New Mexico Executive and Legislative Health, Human Services and Educational Committees; New Mexico Governors’ Women’s Advisory Council; and the Con Alma Health Foundation.

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Weinick, R., Jacobs, E.A., Cacari Stone, L., Burstin, H. & Ortega, A. (2004) Hispanic Health Care Disparities: Challenging the Myth of Monolithic Hispanic Population, Medical Care; 42:313-320.

Cacari Stone, L. & Quiroz, A. (2004) Una Puerta Abierta y Puerta Cerrada: Citizenship, Healthcare and Welfare Reform in New Mexico. In Living in the Interim: Immigration Communities and Welfare ‘Reform’ in North America, edited by Aparicio, A., Rai, K., & Kretsedemas, P. Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.

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

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; 5: 82-104

Cacari Stone, L. & Baldeerama, C.H.H. (2008) Health Inequalities Among Latinos: What Do We Know and What Can We Do? Health and Social Work; 33 (1): 3-7.

Acevedo-Garcia, D. & Cacari Stone, L. (2008) State Variation in Health Insurance Coverage for U.S. Citizen Children of Immigrants. Health Affairs; 27 (2): 434-46.

Cacari Stone, L., Bruna, S., Boursaw, B., Baker, J, Moffet, M, & Valdez, R.O. (2009) Health Care Reform and the U.S.-Mexico Border: Challenges and Opportunities. White Paper of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,