Dr. Ramirez, an internationally recognized cancer health disparities researcher, is director of Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research UT Health Science Center at 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.