Perlana Howard is a native Tucsonan and University of Arizona graduate with a bachelor's degree in Community Health Education from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. She began her UA career as an undergraduate at the Flandrau Planetarium, delivering star talks and supervising a retail arm of the Planetarium. She returned to the UA in 2011 working in the Department of Family and Community Medicine where she was a Research Specialist in tobacco cessation for almost five years. Projects that she assisted with include trainings for chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists in tobacco cessation conversations with patients/clients, trainings for “helpers” who want to guide others to quit tobacco usage, as well as the development of a mobile phone app for women who want to quit smoking called 'See Me Smoke-Free', which was available at the Google Play Store. She began working at the Arthritis Center in February 2016 as the Executive Assistant to the Center and is now excited to be the Program Coordinator Senior of the Division of Rheumatology.