About the Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony


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The Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony is held annually to recognize leaders who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in reducing the burden and raising awareness of the obesity epidemic in Texas. The 2018 award ceremony took place during the 11th Annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week, September 9-15, 2018.

Legislative reference can be found here.

Watch the Event Livestream Recording



This year's keynote speaker:

"Salud America! Promoting Health Equity Using Digital Strategies in Texas and Beyond"

ramirezamelie2[1]Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez
Professor and Interim Chair of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio

Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, is an internationally recognized health disparities researcher at UT Health San Antonio. She has 30 years of experience conducting behavioral and communications projects to reduce cancer, increase screening rates and clinical trial participation, prevent tobacco use, and improve healthy lifestyles among U.S. Latinos. Dr. Ramirez currently directs the Salud America! national multimedia program to empower its vast network of 200,000 community leaders to drive healthy policy and system changes to promote health and support for Latino families (www.salud-america.org and @SaludAmerica on social media).

Dr. Ramirez also directs Quitxt, a bilingual tobacco-cessation service for young Latino adults using mobile-phone text messages; the service yielded a strong 21% quit rate among enrollees at follow-up. She also has trained/mentored 250+ Latinos in health fields, and leads the Éxito! training program to help master’s-level students and professionals pursue a doctoral degree and cancer research career. Dr. Ramirez is a Susan G. Komen Scholar and is on the scientific advisory board for LIVESTRONG. Her recognitions include: 2007 election to the National Academy of Medicine; 2011 White House “Champion of Change”; and 2014 APHA Everett M. Rogers Public Health Communication Award.

In Texas, Dr. Ramirez is on the San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council and is Vice President of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. Dr. Ramirez, a native of Laredo, Texas, earned MPH and DrPH degrees from UT Health Science Center at the Houston School of Public Health.


About Texas Obesity Awareness Week

Texas Obesity Awareness Week (TOAW) was established in the 80th Legislative Session (2007) by House Bill 2313 and is designated to occur in the second full week of September each year.  The purpose of the week is to raise awareness of the health risks associated with obesity and to encourage Texans to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  TOAW consists of several events statewide and is highlighted by the Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony hosted by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, and the Live Smart Texas Coalition.

Legislative reference can be found here.

The Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony is administered through funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, part of The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin. 

The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin is a Designated Provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) for Certified Health Education Specialists/Master Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES/MCHES) through The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC).  If you wish to receive CECH, please email Kelsey.d.herron@uth.tmc.edu.


Texas Obesity Awareness Week Partners

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