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Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH
Director, Salud America!

Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, an internationally recognized researcher in Latino health promotion and behavioral change, is director of Salud America! and its home base, the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio. Amelie 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 promotion, and more.

Rosalie Aguilar, MS
Project Coordinator, Salud America!

Rosalie Aguilar is project coordinator for Salud America! and its home base, the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio. Prior to serving as project coordinator, she was a digital content curator for the program. She is a native of South Texas and enjoys living a healthy lifestyle and helping others do the same. The recent newlywed and homeowner also is working on her PhD in translational science.

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Cliff Despres, BJ
Communications Manager, Salud America!

Despres coordinates multimedia communications for Salud America! and its home base, 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.

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Rick Carrillo, MS
TV Producer/Director, Salud America!

Carrillo produces and directs video content for Salud America! and its home base, the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio. He uses his health education background and his vast film acting, directing, and producing experience to create video and other multimedia content that effectively promote health and wellness to Latino communities.

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Amanda Merck
Digital Content Curator & Senior Research Area Specialist, Salud America!

Amanda Merck has served since 2015 as a digital content curator for Salud America! and its home base, the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio. She is a UTHealth School of Public Health grad who is passionate about physical activity and health equity for children in and after school. She enjoys watching The Office and Parks & Rec.

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Pramod Sukumaran, MS, PhD, MPH
Digital Content Curator & Senior Research Area Specialist, Salud America!

Sukumaran, an accomplished cell and molecular biology researcher with 10 years in various life science research, joined Salud America! and its home base, the Institute of Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio in April 2018. He is an enthusiastic public health researcher who passionately works on health promotion research projects and content curation for Salud America!. In his spare time he loves photography and traveling with family.

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Stacy Cantu, MPH
Digital Content Curator & Senior Research Area Specialist, Salud America!
Stacy Cantu joined Salud America and its home base, the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio, in April 2018. She received her BS and MPH both from Texas A&M University, and is passionate about health equity for Latinos and environmental health research. In her spare time, she can be found walking her schnauzer on the SA Riverwalk and spending time with family in the Rio Grande Valley.

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