Dr. Amelie Ramirez, leader of Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio, is featured in the latest edition of Latino Leaders, a national magazine that aims to connect and inspire leaders of Latino, Hispanic, and Latinx heritage.
The edition is called “Heroes of the Fight Against COVID-19.”
- Profile stories about health leaders: Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease expert; Dr. Elena Rios, president of the National Hispanic Medical Association; Dr. David E. Hayes-Bautista of UCLA; Joaquin Duato of Johnson & Johnson; Nanette Cocero of Pfizer; Bonnie Castillo of National Nurses United; Dr. Robert Rodriguez of UCSF; Dr. Xiomara Rocha-Cadman of City of Hope; and more
- Profile stories about Latino elected leaders: Catherine Cortez-Masto, Arizona, and Marco Rubio, Florida
- Data on COVID-19 case and death rates among Latinos (via Salud America!)
- Data on vaccine rates among Latinos (via Salud America!)
- Three of Salud America!‘s “Vaccine Change of Heart Heroes”
- Infographics from Salud America!‘s “Juntos, We Can Stop COVID-19” campaign
The magazine also profiles Dr. Ramirez and Salud America!‘s efforts to respond to COVID-19 through digital communications.
These efforts included blog posts and social media messages with culturally relevant news, tweetchat and podcast discussions on Latino health topics, and stories of Latino heroes who were helping amid the pandemic.
“We continue to need both immediate focus to ease the coronavirus pandemic and its disproportional impact on Latinos and people of color, as well as long-term strides to address the underlying inequities that are aggravated.” Ramirez told Latino Leaders.
Ramirez and Raising Awareness of COVID-19 Prevention, Vaccination among Latinos
Dr. Amelie Ramirez and her team at Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio are working hard to promote vaccine confidence and answer Latinos’ big questions about the vaccine.
Ramirez is doing this in a variety of ways:
- Creating the Salud America! Latino COVID-19 Vaccine “Change of Heart” Bilingual Storytelling Campaign to share real Latinos who moved from vaccine hesitancy to vaccine confidence (here in Spanish).
- Producing Salud America!’s weekly updated post on U.S. Latino vaccination rates (and a Q&A in Spanish).
- Joining the Latino USA podcast to answer Latinos’ COVID-19 vaccine questions.
- Providing a vaccine Q&A for UT Health San Antonio.
- Joining Facebook Live vaccine events from Univision (watch here) and the Black Coalition Against COVID-19 (watch here).
Ramirez’s new article in Latino Leaders adds to the list.
“We want our families to be able to get back together, and the best way to achieve what we want is to get the vaccine right when it is available. Vaccines help our bodies become immune to a virus without becoming ill from it and it will make it possible to visit our sisters and brothers, parents, and abuelos and abuelas. And to be able to do our jobs and go to school safely,” Ramirez told Latino Leaders.
Check out the full issue of Latino Leaders.
What Can You Do to Help?
We can do our part to help Latinos and fight the spread of COVID-19 by sharing resources to educate our communities and learn the facts about the pandemic.
Make sure you know misinformation when you see it and help educate others about the facts.
If you or anyone you know is still hesitant about getting vaccinated, read these stories by Salud America!. They feature real Latinos who had a #VaccineChangeofHeart and decided to get the vaccine after initially being hesitant.
You can also check out the “Juntos, We Can Stop COVID-19” digital communication campaign from Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio. This campaign was made to help Latino families and workers take action to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The #JuntosStopCovid campaign features culturally relevant fact sheets, infographics, and video role model stories to encourage Latinos to change their public health behaviors.
You can share the campaign with your friends, family, and colleagues!
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