Pérez-Figueroa studies how historically and contemporary under-resourced communities experience health inequities. He engages in theoretically driven research that seeks to disentangle the effects of different social determinants of health on the outcomes of these communities. Pérez-Figueroa's scholarly work focuses on public health issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention and care, substance use and abuse, harm reduction, mental health, and healthcare utilization. Pérez-Figueroa uses different community-engaged approaches to study these issues, focusing on the interplay between social, structural, and environmental factors that influence health systems in which inequities are embedded.
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Underscores challenges and barriers related to the implementation of over-the-counter naloxone from a community-based perspective. Mentions how the US Food and Drug Administration has approved naloxone nasal spray (Narcan) for over-the-counter use to reverse opioid overdose. Finds the change may decrease barriers to accessing naloxone but could increase the cost and compromise existing harm reduction programs.