Adriana Perez, is an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing; and past Chair of the Expert Panel on Aging at the American Academy of Nursing. Her research promoting healthy aging in Latinas has been funded by the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, NIH/NINR individual NRSA, Sigma Theta Tau, National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Minority Health. As a result of her work and because of the high relevance to environmental health policy, she was selected as a Congressional Fellow supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Healthy Aging Program. Through this fellowship, Dr. Perez worked with Latino city planners, local policymakers, stakeholders and residents of all ages to inform environmental policies that promote healthy aging.
Dr. Perez’s current studies include: “Meaningful Activity and Quality of Life in older Latinos with Dementia” funded by the NIH/NINR Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health Related Research Program. As a current RCMAR Scientist at Penn’s Center for Improving Care Delivery for the Aging (CICADA), her pilot is focused on the influence of community level factors and resource utilization on the well-being of home dwelling, multi-ethnic older adults with dementia. From 2014-2016, she was awarded 1 of 13 grants in the U.S. through the “Partnerships to Increase Coverage Communities Initiative (PICCI)” funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources, Office of Minority Health.
As a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner at Mercy LIFE, she provides community based long-term care for diverse, frail elders who reside in North Philadelphia. Her commitment to addressing health disparities is evident in her work with the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. She consults with state action coalitions in developing sustainable workforce diversity action plans. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Perez was awarded the 2014 Dr. Janie Menchaca Wilson Award for Outstanding Leadership from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, the 2014 Phoenix Business Journal Health Care Hero Award, and Arizona first 's cohort of Leadership in Action Award by the Arizona Action Coalition. She served as appointed member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives Board of Directors and is current member of the UnitedHealth Group External Nursing Advisory Board.