Mechelle Perea-Ryan is an Associate Professor at California State University, Stanislaus in the rural central valley of California. She received her Bachelor’s in Science Nursing in 1992, her Master’s in Science Nursing from UCSF and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification from CCNE in 1997, and is completing her Public Health PhD from the University of California, Merced. Her research interests include Health Disparities, especially for Hispanics and the integration of the Social Determinants of Health into patient centered care. Her dissertation research focuses on ED utilization by infants and how mothers’ make decisions regarding care when their infant has a health care issue.