Heather Peralta, who has been at the UCF College of Nursing for nearly a decade, is the Apopka Community Nursing Coalition coordinator and teaches undergraduate nursing students. Peralta is dedicated to mentoring future nurses and serving the community. She has participated in several study abroad trips with nursing students to Peru and spearheaded the creation of the interdisciplinary Apopka Farmworkers Clinic. The award-winning clinic, which was founded in 2016, brings together students from UCF’s College of Nursing, College of Medicine and College of Health Professions and Sciences as well as UF’s College of Pharmacy to provide much needed health and wellness care to the underserved farmworkers population. Peralta’s clinical background is in neuroscience, where she worked for five years before transitioning to academia. Prior to UCF, Peralta was an instructor at Sacred Heart University.

  • DNP, Nova Southeastern University
  • MSN, Sacred Heart University
  • BA, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • ASN, AdventHealth University
Selected Awards & Honors
  • Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award (awarded to UCF for the Apopka Farmworkers Clinic), U.S. Public Health Service and Interprofessional Education Collaborative, 2016

Expertise & Research

  • Community Health
  • Critical Care
  • Diversity / Equity / Inclusion
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Global Health
  • Health Literacy
  • Nursing Education
  • Rural Health
  • Telehealth