Amelie G. Ramirez, D.P.H, M.P.H. is the Director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research, Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences at UT Health San Antonio and Associate Director of Cancer Outreach and Engagement at Mays Cancer Center. A recent inductee to the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame, Dr. Ramirez is an internationally recognized researcher in population health, health disparities, and health promotion, particularly in the Latino community. Dr. Ramirez directs and leads several programs that impact the Latino community: Salud America!, a program focused on impact health policy and equity that engages 500,000 community and school leaders, Quitxt, a program to assist Latino adults to break smoking habits, the Avanzando Caminos Study that focuses on the post-cancer life of Latino survivors, and Exito! training program to encourage Master’s level student move into doctorate programs and cancer research careers. One aspect of her work is to encourage the Latino community to participate in clinical trials, such as Alzheimer’s and cancer because participation in trials by all demographics enables new preventions and treatments to benefit everyone.
Dr. Ramirez was also an integral part of the pitch to bring ARPA-H to Texas.
Dr. Ramirez received both her DPH and MPH from UT Health Science Center at Houston. She is also an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, a Susan G. Komen Scholar, on the prize jury for the Fries Prize for Improving Health Award and the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award, member of the National Advisory Council of Minority Health and Health Disparities, on the San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council and Past Board President of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas.