AAHHE Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues Award

The AAHHE Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and support of AAHHE’s mission. This individual need not be an educator but one who has made significant contributions to higher education as a community leader, civic leader, elected or appointed official, etc.

2022 AAHHE Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues Award Recipient

Amelie Ramirez, Dr.PH
Professor, Chair, Director, Salud America!
Institute for Health Promotion Research
UT Health San Antonio


Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH is a health equity pioneer who has achieved local, state, national, presidential, and international recognition for her successes in reducing Latino cancer health disparities and championing system and policy changes that promote health equity for Latinos. As chair and full professor of the Department of Population Health Sciences at UT Health San Antonio, a Hispanic-Serving Institute, Ramirez leads a multidisciplinary team of public health researchers, data scientists, and communication specialists in addressing the cancer experience of Latinos. As leader of community outreach at the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio, Ramirez has implemented system changes that have enhanced surveillance of the South Texas cancer burden, improved equity and diversity in cancer clinical trial recruitment, and engaged the community in clinical research and preventive cancer care. Ramirez also leads the communication program of Salud America! (www.salud-america.org; @SaludAmerica), a national network of over 500,000 community, school, and healthcare leaders who are fueled with content and tools to advocate for equitable changes in policies and systems related to healthcare access, housing, transportation, and social cohesion in Latino communities. Salud America!’s core members have led 275 health policy changes. Dr. Ramirez has been recognized by the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the Obama White House, the National Academy of Medicine, and more. Ramirez is a native of Laredo, Texas.

List of past recipients of the AAHHE Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues Award:

  • 2021 Ester Elena Mulnix, PhD
  • 2020 Dolores Huerta
  • 2019 John Burkhardt
  • 2018 Richard Tapia
  • 2017 Irma Alemar Lawrence
  • 2016 Marie T. Mora
  • 2015 Jamie P. Merisotis
  • 2014 Stephen Jordan
  • 2013 Charles B. Reed
  • 2012 Juan Andrade
  • 2012 Jeanett Castellanos
  • 2011 Enrique G. Murillo, Jr.
  • 2010 Carlos Velez-Ibanez
  • 2009 Peter Rosa
  • 2008 Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez
  • 2007 Eddie Perez
  • 2006 Kurt M. Landgraf
  • 2005 Eugene Garcia
  • 2004 Louis Fernandez
  • 2003 Rick Noriega
  • 2002 Roberto Haro
  • 2001 Jesús Rangel
  • 2000 Art Ruiz
  • 1999 Rubén Hinojosa
  • 1998 Irma Lerma Rangel
  • 1997 Raúl Yzaguirre
  • 1996 Robert Atwell
  • 1995 José López-Isa
  • 1994 Ada López
  • 1993 José Serrano
  • 1992 Edward Apodaca
  • 1991 Ernesto Rodríguez
  • 1990 Eloy Rodríguez
  • 1989 Isaura Santiago
  • 1988 David Hamburg
  • 1987 Allison Bernstein