NIMHD Director’s Seminar Series
October 2018

Dr. Amelie Ramirez


Amelie Ramirez, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
Professor and Interim Chair of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio


Lipsett Amphitheater (Building 10)
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


Thursday, October 4, 2018


11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET


The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities is pleased to welcome Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H., M.P.H. as the next NIMHD Director’s Seminar Series speaker. Dr. Ramirez will speak on “Engaging U.S. Latinos in Community Advocacy for Health Equity.”

The objectives of Dr. Ramirez’s presentation will include:

  • The state of Latino health and inequities in obesity and related areas
  • The development of the Salud America! network on Latino healthy change
    • Mission
    • Network
    • Research
  • Applying the Salud America! network to inspire people to start community change for the health of Latinos and all people
    • Content curation based on Social Cognitive Theory
    • Salud Hero case studies
    • Action campaigns and tools
    • Social campaigns and events
    • Advocacy success
    • Lessons

Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez is an internationally recognized health disparities researcher at UT Health San Antonio. She has 30 years of experience conducting behavioral and communications projects to reduce cancer, increase screening rates and clinical trial participation, prevent tobacco use, and improve healthy lifestyles among U.S. Latinos. Dr. Ramirez currently directs the Salud America! national multimedia program to empower its vast network of 200,000 community leaders to drive healthy policy and system changes to promote health and support for Latino families ( and @SaludAmerica on social media). Dr. Ramirez also directs Quitxt, a bilingual tobacco-cessation service for young, Latino adults using mobile-phone text messages; the service yielded a strong, 21% quit rate among enrollees at follow-up. She also has trained/mentored 250+ Latinos in health fields and leads the Éxito! training program to help master’s-level students and professionals pursue a doctoral degree and cancer research career. Dr. Ramirez is a Susan G. Komen Scholar and is on the scientific advisory board for LIVESTRONG. Her recognitions include a 2007 election to the National Academy of Medicine, 2011 White House “Champion of Change,” and 2014 APHA Everett M. Rogers Public Health Communication Award. In Texas, Dr. Ramirez is on the San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council and is Vice President of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas. Dr. Ramirez, a native of Laredo, Texas, earned her M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. degrees from UT Health Science Center at the Houston School of Public Health.

Additional Information:
There is limited parking on the NIH campus. The closest Metro is Medical Center. NIH Campus shuttle service is available from the metro for NIH employees and visitors. Please allow adequate time for security check. The seminar will be videocast and made available in the NIH Video archives and on the NIMHD website after the seminar. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Edgar Dews at 301-402-1366 or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.