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Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, professor and director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday, was recognized as a “First Lady” of the Intercultural Cancer Council, which promotes policies, programs and research to eliminate the unequal burden of cancer among racial/ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations.
The council, based at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, chooses “First Lady” honorees for their long-term and outstanding achievements in health and science.
Ramirez participated in a First Ladies award ceremony June 27, a day before the Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved and Health Equity in Houston, hosted by the council, the University of Houston and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
She also served on a panel at the symposium June 28, focusing on mapping the future of science toward health equity.
“I appreciate this peer recognition for my and my team’s work to reduce health inequalities among Latinos,” said Dr. Ramirez, who also is associate director of health disparities at the Health Science Center’s Cancer Therapy & Research Center. “I aim to continue raising awareness and conducting research to improve the lives of the underserved.”
In the past 30 years, Dr. Ramirez has directed dozens of research projects and programs focused on human and organizational communication to reduce Latino cancer and chronic diseases via risk factor studies, clinical trials and healthy lifestyle changes. Her projects have led to unique health communication models and interventions that have contributed to reducing Latino cancer rates and increasing screening and preventive health behaviors. She is frequently recognized for her work to improve Latino health and advance Latinos in medicine, public health, and behavioral sciences across the U.S., including: 2011 White House “Champion of Change”; 2007 election to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies; 2007 Professor of Survivorship from Susan G. Komen For the Cure; and 2003 Humanitarian Award from the American Cancer Society.
Find out more about the Intercultural Cancer Council here.
Check out these upcoming conferences on Latino health and cancer health disparities issues:
Health Disparities Conference: March 6-8, 2012
Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy’s Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education will host its Fifth Health Disparities Conference March 6-8, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference, titled Achieving Health Equity through Access, Advocacy, Treatment, and Policy Development, will include discussions on successful multidisciplinary models for improved health systems outcomes.
NIH Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation: March 19-20, 2012
The 5th Annual NIH Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation: Science at the Crossroads is scheduled March 19-20, 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland. The goal of the conference is to facilitate growth in the research base by providing a forum for communicating and networking about the science of dissemination and implementation.
AACR 2012 Annual Meeting: March 31-April 4, 2012
The American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2012, scheduled March 31 to April 4 in Chicago will highlight the latest findings in all major areas of cancer research. Investigators in various disciplines will attend and benefit from hearing about these advances and networking with colleagues. The conference theme, Accelerating Science: Concept to Clinic, emphasizes the synergy among basic, clinical and translational research that will continue to lead to effective cancer therapies and prevention strategies.
NHMA 16th Annual Conference: April 26-29, 2012
The National Hispanic Medical Association will host its 16th Annual Conference April 26-29, 2012 in Washington D.C. Theme of the conference is Innovations that Improve the Health of Hispanics, Families and Communities.
Check out this new video from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) focusing on cancer health disparities—differences in the rates of disease and death among minorities compared to other population groups.
The video features perspectives from numerous Congressional officials, federal agency leaders, and a clinician on possible policy prescriptions that are necessary to help reduce cancer health disparities.
Also featured is Latino Congressman Raul Grijalva from Arizona:
This summer, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) is focusing attention on the topic of cancer health disparities.
The NCI works to reduce the unequal burden of cancer incidence and mortality in our society by supporting research to identify and understand the factors that contribute to disparities. NCI also funds studies to develop and disseminate culturally appropriate interventions.
Go here for details on disparities and related research, support, statistics, training opportunities and more.
The National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) presents the Cancer Health Disparities Program Meetings 2011, to be held July 12-15, 2011, in Bethesda, Maryland.
The event will include plenary sessions, programmatic meetings, a mock review session, skill-building workshops, networking opportunities and poster competitions. The CRCHD is central to NCI’s efforts to reduce the unequal burden of cancer in our society and to train the next generation of competitive researchers in cancer and cancer health disparities research.
Learn more about the event here.
April 13, 2011, is the extended application deadline for Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training.
The ideal candidate is a Hispanic or Latino master’s degree-level student or a master’s degree-trained health professional, but all ethnicities are welcome to apply. Go here for more info or to apply.
Éxito! consists of:
- A 5-day Summer Institute in June 2011 that offers teaching, tools and resources
- Paid Internships (Starting in 2012)
- Doctoral Biannual Retreats (Starting in 2014)
The hope is that Èxito! participants will go on to earn doctoral degrees and conduct research on why Hispanics and Latinos suffer worse outcomes from cancer and chronic disease. These newly minted researchers would bring knowledge of language, culture and socioeconomic issues that could pave the way for novel studies.
“We hope that training new Latino researchers will increase the proportion of Latinos in cancer control research, which in turn will increase the amount of work being done to reduce cancer health inequalities that affect the Latino population,” said Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of Éxito! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center. The IHPR is the research team behind SaludToday.
Dr. Paula Braveman, a health researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, spoke about the importance of social determinants of health on Jan. 27 at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center in San Antonio as part of the new SALSI/CTRC Health Disparities Lecture Series.
Braveman’s talk highlighted her work measuring, documenting, and understanding socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities, for a crowd of nearly 100 people.
Watch video of her talk here.
The SALSI/CTRC Health Disparities Lecture Series, sponsored by the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) and the CTRC, brings some of the top U.S. health disparities experts to San Antonio to offer the latest trends, tools and advancements in the fight against cancer health disparities. The series is a joint project of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and UT San Antonio.
The series launched in October 2010 with disparities expert Dr. Rena Pasick. Watch her lecture here.
The next lecture features Texas State Demographer Dr. Lloyd Potter at 4 p.m. Feb. 10, 2011, at the Mabee Conference Room on the 4th floor of the CTRC, 7979 Wurzbach in San Antonio.
Find out more about the lecture series here.
Dr. Rena Pasick, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, spoke about mixed methods of cancer health disparities research during a recent speech that was part of the new San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) and Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) Distinguished Health Disparities Lecture Series.
Dr. Pasick, a well-established population-based cancer control researcher, conducts community- and clinic-based intervention studies to increase the use of and access to breast and cervical cancer screening among ethnically diverse and underserved communities. She also developed a training program to encourage minority students and professionals to pursue doctoral degrees in cancer research.
Watch Dr. Pasick’s lecture here.
The lecture series, coordinated by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and UT San Antonio, launched late last year.
The next lecture, at 4 p.m. Jan. 27, 2011, will feature Dr. Paula Braveman, also of the University of California, San Francisco. Her lecture, at the Mabee Conference Center at the CTRC, is on “The Social Determinants of Health: Relevance to Cancer Disparities.”
Learn more about the lecture series here.