About

About Salud America!

Salud America! is a national nonprofit launched in 2007 at UT Health San Antonio that develops multimedia communications to educate and motivate our national online network—parents, teachers, healthcare providers, and community leaders—to take action to promote a healthy weight for Latino children and families.

To that end, we have created a new action-oriented Salud America! website to serve as a clearinghouse of Latino-focused news, maps, resources and Salud Hero stories to promote healthy changes in communities for Latino kids across the nation.

Mission

Promote a healthy weight for Latino children and families by communicating good health and driving people to start and support healthy changes in their schools and communities.

History

Salud America! is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, funded first from 2007-12 and again from 2012-15, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018, with direction and technical assistance provided by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio. Since its inception, Salud America! has built the field of Latino researchers, increased scientific evidence, and spawned recommendations to reduce Latino childhood obesity. We have several core activities:

    • Serve as clearinghouse for communications on healthy weight for Latino children
    • Expand network membership, interactivity
    • Interpret science and produce evidence-based content
    • Produce dynamic multimedia digital content
    • Monitor and evaluate program activities

Faculty & Staff

Amelie G. Ramirez
Director, Salud America!

Dr. Ramirez, an internationally recognized cancer health disparities researcher, is director of Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio. She has spent 30 years directing research on human and organizational communication to reduce chronic disease and cancer health disparities affecting Latinos, including cancer risk factors, clinical trial recruitment, tobacco prevention, obesity prevention, healthy lifestyles, and more. She also trains/mentors Latinos in behavioral sciences and is on the board of directors for LIVESTRONG, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, etc. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies.

Rebecca Vega
Fiscal Coordinator, Salud America!

Vega reviews and reconciles monthly ledger accounts and subaccounts and assists in reviewing and reporting grants at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio. She also helps create, submit, and revise prior approvals and purchase orders. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Cliff Despres
Communications Manager, Salud America!

Despres coordinates multimedia communications at Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio. This includes: managing, planning and organizing publications and interaction among an internal communication team, researchers, mass media, and the public; and writing and editing newsletters, grants, manuscripts, websites and blogs.

Rosalie Aguilar
Project Coordintor, Salud America!

Aguilar is a project coordinator for Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio. She directs the day-to-day operations of the network and its online components. She has a background in health and kinesiology, and intervention projects in obesity.

Rick Carrillo
TV Producer/Director, Salud America!

Carrillo produces and directs video content for Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio. He uses his acting and film-making experience to create films that effectively promote health and wellness to Latino communities.

Kipling J. Gallion
Deputy Director, Salud America!

Mr. Gallion, an accomplished health communications producer and researcher with vast experience in program development and analysis, is deputy director of Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Over the years, he’s performed media production and coordination for many health groups and research teams in Houston and San Antonio. His work to promote cancer control, diabetes risk and tobacco cessation has been recognized in scientific literature and lauded with media industry awards.

 

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