Cristina Huebner Torres, PhD

Vice President of Research and Population Health (RPH)

Cristina Huebner Torres

Vice President-Research and Population Health Programs (RPH)

Cristina Huebner Torres has worked at Caring Health Center since 2007. Prior to her current role, she served

as the Director of Research and Wellness (2007-2017) and as Vice President (2013-2015). She is currently completing her doctorate in Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, School of Public Health

and Health Sciences (SPHHS). Cristina holds a master’s degree in Somatic Studies from New York University
and Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Anthropology from Mount Holyoke College.


Cristina brings 18-years experience in mixed-method community-based public health research and programming. She serves as site Principal Investigator of the current National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded study and was Project Director on prior NIH-funded research studies. Key aims of her work are to track and address the social determinants of health (SDoH) and health disparities in the patient population served and to develop multi-level social/environmental approaches aimed at achieving health equity. Findings from population health management (e.g., Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)), continuous quality improvement and community-engaged research inform the development of action-oriented, culturally appropriate, translational intervention and dissemination. For example, in response to high rates of food insecurity and barriers to chronic disease prevention and management among the CHC patient population, Cristina collaboratively developed and has sustained the Wellness Center. Under her leadership, the health center has recently established an award-winning, fully integrated Community Health Worker program to provide clinical-community linkages to patients to address social determinants of health. In addition to these developments, Cristina has been a successful grant-writer throughout her tenure at CHC leading to the development of additional services and resources uniquely tailored to be responsive to emerging patient needs. For instance, CHC has an integrated behavioral health department

with staffing and innovative programming to meet the culturally and linguistically diverse needs of refugee

and immigrant individuals and families and to support patients navigating multiple chronic comorbidities.


Cristina is a member of multiple local boards and (Massachusetts Public Health Association, Partners for a Healthier Community, Project ACCCES, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (SPHHS). She has authored

multiple peer-reviewed publications and regularly presents research findings and practice improvements at

local forums and national conferences.



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