Partnerships and Centers 

The Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Preventive Medicine division collaborates with other UNM centers and community partners. Through these partnerships, we research, analyze data and influence policies and procedures that improve health care, access and education in New Mexico and our global community. 

Many faculty in the Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Preventive Medicine are members of the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Collectively, the faculty are involved in research on sociocultural, behavioral, biological and environmental determinants of cancer risk, morbidity and mortality in the state and beyond. Information from these studies, has contributed to the development, implementation, and dissemination of interventions to reduce the burden of cancer. 

EBPM faculty often collaborate with local, national, and international collaborations. Through transdisciplinary collaborations with basic, translational, clinical and population scientists, they focus their research on:   

  • Cancer risk prediction and risk reduction  
  • Cancer screening  
  • Cancer outcomes and survivorship  

A cross-cutting theme of their research is a focus on health equity for populations in New Mexico and beyond. Learn more about the faculty and their research 

The New Mexico Tumor Registry (NMTR) is a population-based cancer registry that was established in 1966.  NMTR provides high quality cancer surveillance data to support scientific research, education policy development and a broad spectrum of activities across the cancer control continuum. 

The NMTR is a founding member of the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program. NMTR’s area of coverage includes the entire state of New Mexico. The NMTR also collaborates with the Arizona Cancer Registry and the Indian Health Service to provide population-based cancer surveillance for Native American populations in Arizona. 

Cancer surveillance in New Mexico is conducted in accordance with standards set by the SEER Program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries and the American College of Surgeons.

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Promotion (COEHP) provides services in three  vital areas to the UNM community and partners: 

  • Clinical ServicesThe Employee Occupational Health Services (EOHS) clinic provides occupational and environmental health clinical services to UNM. 
  • Consultative Services: Develop policies and procedures involving occupational and environmental health for various departments. 
  • AED training: UNM HEaRT(Heart Emergency and Rescue Training) offers American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) two-year certifications for faculty, staff, family, students and community. 

COEHP also teaches residents in occupational and environmental medicine and provides clinical service to research programs, primarily in the mining populations. 

The Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSR) offers share collaborative support for the Cancer Center, choosing appropriate study designs, statistical analysis, clinical trials, grant preparation and methodological development. Faculty at BSR are also members of the Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Preventive Medicine. Learn more about them

Project ECHO(Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a collaborative model of medical education and care management, providing the right information at the right place at the right time.   

Project ECHO is committed to addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations by equipping communities with the right knowledge, at the right place, at the right time. Through their overarching mission to “move knowledge and not people,” project ECHO has grown to be a global movement with learners from all over the world.

UNM Truman Health Services is a National Committee for Quality Assurance Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home that provides specialty primary care to transgender and nonbinary New Mexicans and people living with HIV. Truman Health Services also provides consultative care for HIV prevention (PrEP and PEP) and hepatitis C treatment.

The Center for Native American Environmental Health Equity Researchis a National Institutes of Health/Environmental Protection Agency Center of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research. It addresses pervasive environmental health disparities primarily through biomedical and environmental research and Native American-focused community engagement methods.  

The distribution of contaminants, cultural practices and genetic origins of the center's three core tribal partner communities – Navajo, Crow and Cheyenne River Sioux – provide a basis for sorting out the health effects of metal mixtures from unmediated mine sites 

The center examines toxicities of metal mixtures, strives to build research capacity and improves the understanding and interpretation of data across tribal communities. The center seeks to develop a framework that characterizes the unique exposure pathways and defines health reflective of tribal perceptions and useful in informing regulatory decision-making.