Laura Nervi

    Assistant Professor, College of Population Health, Health Sciences Center

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Laura L. Nervi, PhD, MPH joined the College of Public Health Faculty in 2019. Nervi is an international health scholar with extensive experience in teaching, research, mobilizing resources, and working with multi-disciplinary teams in cross-cultural settings. Her research focuses on national and international health policies associated with health systems and services reform, the importance of community participation as a critical factor in these reforms, the composition, trends and engagement of the health workforce, and the technical and financial factors that strengthen health systems at home and abroad. Nervi has worked in nearly every country of the Americas with universities, governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies, communities and nongovernmental organizations. She has led baseline studies and implementation of evidence-based health programs and policies, and built stakeholder networks for global health initiatives to contribute to the democratization of knowledge and to address health inequities that afflict underserved, low-income and vulnerable populations. From 2014-2017, she led the Office of Community Partnerships and Cancer Health Disparities at UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, reaching underserved Hispanic communities through implementation research and community service in New Mexico and Central America.



  • PhD, Medical Anthropology
  • MA, Social Sciences
  • MPH, Master of Public Health

Research Areas

  • Global Health initiatives in Latin America
  • Health systems reform
  • Health workforce trends
  • Community engagement in health reform

Country Specialization(s)

  • Latin America