Lisa Cacari Stone, PhD, associate professor at the UNM Health Sciences Center Public Health Program, was recently appointed by the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission (BHC) as a member to the binational U.S. Mexico Border Health Research Work Group.
Only a few health researchers are chosen as advisors for the BHC, a binational health commission seeking to optimize health and quality of life for all border residents along the U.S. and Mexico border. Commission members include U.S. and Mexican national and state governmental health leaders and prominent community health professionals. Six Mexican states and four U.S. states – California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas – are members of the BCH.
The border area holds the largest proportion of Latinos in the nation, (47 percent) and is the traditional gateway for transnational migration, said Cacari Stone.
“It is an honor to be appointed to this work group,“ she said. “As the only academic teaching hospital in New Mexico and Hispanic Health Serving Institution, we play a critical role in addressing the social determinants of health and advancing knowledge for health equity in the border region,” she said.
For more information on the BHC, go to http://www.borderhealth.org/about_us.php