Joseph (Joey) Pérez is a senior research assistant within the Department of Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine. He works in the Division of Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research providing research, logistical, and operational support to the CHERISH Methodology Core and Dr. Sean Murphy’s lab for health services research studies on substance use disorder and related conditions. Joey is also a health and educational equity changemaker with roots in the San Francisco East Bay Area. His passion for tackling health inequities developed at the University of California, Los Angeles where he received a Bachelor of Arts in human biology and society, and Chicana/o studies. Before joining Weill Cornell Medicine, Joey was a bilingual elementary school teacher in San José, California, where he saw the impact that family substance use had on student learning.