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Congratulations to Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio, who has received the “Icons in Healthcare Award” from CentroMed, a San Antonio health and human service agency!
The award recognizes individuals and groups for their important contributions to community healthcare.
Dr. Ramirez has more than 30 years of experience developing robust health research and communication models to reduce cancer and improve health among Latinos locally and nationally.
The award will be presented at a gala on Nov. 1, 2018.
“I’m very thankful for this award and its recognition of our ongoing progress to boost Latino health in San Antonio,” Ramirez said.
Dr. Ramirez’s studies and programs have contributed to increased cancer screening, better cancer risk factor identification, and more culturally relevant communication about how healthy lifestyles can help prevent breast and other cancers. For example, her patient navigation studies reduced Latina breast cancer patients’ times to diagnosis and treatment, which helped save their lives. She also created a bilingual booklet to encourage Latina cancer survivors.
Ramirez also has led Salud America! since its founding in 2007 with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funding.
“[Dr. Ramirez has] truly made a significant difference in improving the health status and quality of life in our community,” said Dr. Ernesto Gomez, CentroMed’s president and chief executive officer, in a statement.