Salud America! Leaders Given Prestigious Communication Award


Dr. Melawhy Garcia, Exito! Program Graduate
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Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez and Mr. Kip Gallion, the leaders of Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, today were named co-recipients of the Everett M. Rogers Public Health Communication Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Ramirez is an internationally recognized expert in health disparities research and outreach.

Gallion is an accomplished health communications producer and researcher.

Working together for more than 20 years, Ramirez and Gallion have developed robust health communication models, research interventions, community outreach, public and scientific speaking engagements, and training of young minds—which have contributed to reduced cancer and disease among Latinos, including cancer risk factor identification, clinical trial accrual, tobacco prevention and cessation, obesity prevention, and more.

The duo was recognized for “outstanding contribution to advancing the study and/or practice of public health communication” at the APHA’s 142nd Annual Meeting on Nov. 18, 2014.

“We are honored by this tremendous distinction from some of the key leaders in our nation’s growing effort to communicate health messages in evidence-based, technologically advanced ways,” Ramirez said. “We worked frequently with the late Dr. Rogers, so it is especially humbling to receive this award that is named after him and his many contributions to the science of communication and dissemination.”

Ramirez and Gallion have designed, developed and implemented more than 100 studies focused on human and organizational communication to reduce Latino health disparities.

These projects have led to unique health communication models and interventions—such as the dual-link communication model and behavioral journalism—that have contributed to increased access to care, preventive screening rates, and healthy behavior changes.

They also lead two national research networks (Redes En Acción and Salud America!).

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