I am a medical anthropologist whose research and teaching interests bridge clinical, epidemiological, and social worlds of experience through the study of health inequities. My current research is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and integrates geospatial modeling with ethnography and survey data to better understand opioid overdose in the Inland Empire and reimagine our drug policy. My prior research has examined the global HIV epidemic through the lived experience of “high risk” populations who are stigmatized and criminalized, including sex workers who inject drugs and their intimate, non-commercial partners. Rather than reading these relationships in clinical terms of risk, my forthcoming book with the University of California Press centers a framework of love to rethink sex workers’ relationships as commitments to collective solidarity and survival in contexts of oppression. In collaborating on numerous interdisciplinary projects, my work has taken me to diverse sites from the street-level drug economy in Tijuana, to the offices of non-governmental health organizations in Kenya, and even a converted 1960s school bus-turned-medical-clinic for people who use drugs in the Central Valley of California. I am currently Co-Lead of the Community Engagement and Dissemination Core at the UCR Center for Health Disparities Research where I work to foster academic and community collaboration. I also serve as Chair of the Board of Directors at Inland Empire Harm Reduction, Riverside County’s first and currently only syringe services program.