Tucson native Luis A. Valdez, PhD, MPH is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center for Border Health Disparities. Dr. Valdez’s research uses a multilevel perspective and mixed methods approach to understand and address the systemic processes that perpetuate racial and ethnic health disparities in the American Southwest. Specifically, Dr. Valdez is interested in exploring how individual level experiences interact with macro-level neighborhood characteristics and social network relationships to influence alcohol and substance use related behaviors in Latino men. Dr. Valdez’s work aims to inform structural and family-based interventions that aim to reduce the disproportionate impact of alcohol and substance use in underserved communities. Dr. Valdez is a co-instructor of the Border Health Service Learning Institute, an immersive course exploring health, migration, and economic development at the U.S.-Mexico border. Dr. Valdez also serves as the associate director of Nosotros: Compormetidos a su Salud, in which he focuses on developing improved and ethically responsible approaches to recruit and engage underserved communities in mutually beneficial health-related research.