Assistant Professor of Nursing

Nurses are uniquely qualified to teach community members about how to live healthy lives, including by promoting health insurance literacy.

Dr. Perez is working with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses to teach multicultural families, particularly Latinos, about concepts such as premiums and co-payments, and the benefits of health insurance, so they can select health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace and use it to stay healthy and save money.

Many Latinos don’t know, for example, that health insurance provides free preventive services, or that federal subsidies are available to help them buy health insurance through the marketplace. Dr. Perez and her colleagues are also educating seniors about the free annual wellness visit and preventive services now available through Medicare, as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

“I’m very interested in the power of older adults, especially Latinas, to influence and advance the health of their families across generations.”


  • PhD, Arizona State University, 2009
  • MS, Arizona State University, 2004
  • BS, Arizona State University, 2000