American Cancer Society's 2003 Humanitarian Award Presented to Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, Redes Principal Investigator

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November 15, 2003.

Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, Principal Investigator of Redes En Acción, was selected to receive the American Cancer Society's 2003 Humanitarian Award. The presentation was made November 15, 2003, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) annually presents the Humanitarian Award to individuals who have made outstanding improvements in human welfare and social reform, impacting the cancer problem in medically underserved populations. "Your selection to receive this award is indicative of the high esteem in which your peers and colleagues hold you," noted Harmon J. Eyre, MD, ACS Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President for Research and Medical Affairs.

Dr. Ramirez, an associate professor of medicine and deputy director of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, was awarded the Humanitarian Award for paving the way in using influential media channels to communicate crucial health messages to underserved populations. A leader in motivating Hispanic communities nationwide, Dr. Ramirez also serves as a clinical associate professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and associate director for community research and program leader for the cancer prevention and health promotion of the San Antonio Cancer Institute. As a behavioral science and health communications investigator, she directs and participates in several research projects involving Latinos and such issues as cancer risk factors and genetics, smoking prevention and cessation, substance abuse, and the effects of breast cancer on families. Dr. Ramirez has received Presidential acknowledgment of her work, including an appointment to the National Cancer Advisory Board.

What Is Redes En Acción? Redes En Acción is a major NCI-supported initiative to combat cancer among Latinos through a nationwide network of community-based organizations, research institutions, government health agencies and the public. Core activities include promoting cancer training and research opportunities for Latino students and researchers, generating research projects on key Latino cancer issues, and supporting cancer awareness activities within the Latino community.

The initiative is coordinated by the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and San Antonio, with regional network centers in San Antonio, New York, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and San Diego.