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Krista M. Perreira, Ph.D., Professor, Social Medicine

Krista M. Perreira is a health economist who studies disparities in health, education, and economic well-being and inter-relationships between family, health and social policy. Focusing on immigrant families, her research combines qualitative and quantitative methodologies to study migration from Latin America and the health and educational consequences of migration and policies affecting immigrant populations. Through community-based and clinical partnerships, she also develops interventions, programs and practices to improve the well-being of immigrant families and their children.

Perreira's ongoing research focuses on immigration and adaptation, the life course of immigrant youth, and migration and health. Her work utilizes qualitative and quantitative data from studies that she has designed or co-designed (Latino Adolescent Migration, Health, and Adaptation Project, LAMHA; Southern Immigrant Academic Adaptation, SIAA; Hispanic Community Health Study of Latino Youth, SOL Youth, Sexual, Gender, and Minority Status in the Study of Latinos, SGM SOL) as well as other sources such as the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. She is an engaged scholar who applies her knowledge of demography and Latino populations to assist schools, local and state government committees, and nonprofit associations in North Carolina.

Most recently, Perreira has turned her attention to promoting health equity and community engagement in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the long-term needs of individuals with The Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC) Infection. She is currently co-leading the community engagement team for the NIH Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Underserved Population initiative (RADx UP) Coordination and Data Collection Center and co-leading the Hispanic/Latinx Community Response Team for the NIH-funded Community Engagement Research Alliance Against COVID-19 in Disproportionately Affected Communities (CEAL).

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