Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
Amelie G. Ramirez is Director of Salud America! and a Professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she also is founding director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research and associate director of cancer prevention and health disparities at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center. Over the past 30 years, Ramirez has conducted communications research and behavioral interventions that have made tremendous strides to reduce cancer and chronic disease, increase screening rates and clinical trial accrual, and improve healthy lifestyles among U.S. Latinos. She directs Salud America! The RWJF National Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children, which is building an evidence base, creating bilingual multimedia content, developing the field of researchers, and empowering communities to reverse the obesity epidemic among Latino children. In 2014, Salud America! launched a new website to give people policy information, resources, and role-model stories to spur healthy change: http://www.communitycommons.org/salud-america/. She has been recognized for her work to improve Latino health and advance Latinos in health, including: 2014 Making a Difference Award from Latinas Contra Cancer; 2011 White House “Champion of Change”; and 2007 election to the National Academy of Medicine. She is a member of the board of directors or the scientific advisory board for Susan G. Komen, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, C-Change, and others. She is a member of the San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council, which has overseen implementation of healthy lifestyle programs that have lowered local obesity rates. Dr. Ramirez is a member of the NAM. She earned her doctorate and Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center.