RFI Faculty Fellow | Athena Ramos
Athena Ramos serves as principal investigator for a number of community-based health research and education initiatives at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and leads a Latino outreach and engagement team. She continuously strives to bring a sense of hope and vitality to the work that she does. Athena is completing a Ph.D. in International Family and Community Studies at Clemson University. She serves on numerous boards including South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, Fontenelle Forest and the Justice for Our Neighbors-Nebraska Advisory Council.
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[00:00:00.311]Hi, I'm Athena Ramos,
[00:00:01.937]and I'm the Community Health Program Manager
[00:00:04.117]for the Center for Reducing Health Disparities
[00:00:05.998]in the College of Public Health
[00:00:07.298]at the University of Nebraska, Medical Center.
[00:00:09.845]You know, I'm passionate about rural
[00:00:11.458]because I believe rural people and rural places matter,
[00:00:13.684]and, unfortunately, all too often what we hear in the media
[00:00:17.096]is a bunch of doom and gloom,
[00:00:19.058]and I think we need to elevate and reframe the conversation
[00:00:21.963]about what is possible, to document the things
[00:00:24.380]that are really going on in communities,
[00:00:26.612]to dialogue about possibilities,
[00:00:28.784]and to really develop new and innovative, creative ideas.
[00:00:32.278]So I've been fortunate over the past few years
[00:00:34.165]to work with the Central States Center
[00:00:35.697]for Agricultural Safety and Health
[00:00:37.466]where a lot of my projects have focused
[00:00:39.630]on immigrant and migrant farm worker health in our state.
[00:00:42.460]You know, Nebraska is an agricultural state,
[00:00:45.386]and so you can bet that I'm working hard
[00:00:47.553]from the corn fields to the cattle feed
[00:00:49.330]to ensure the health of our agricultural labor force.
[00:00:52.488]I believe the Rural Futures Institute
[00:00:54.610]is an integral part of the University of Nebraska system
[00:00:57.953]because it really brings together
[00:01:00.027]different parts of the university
[00:01:01.721]so that we can think together
[00:01:02.967]and we can work on common solutions
[00:01:04.940]to really important issues that our communities
[00:01:07.487]are facing across the state.
[00:01:09.281]I'm excited to be part of the Rural Futures Fellows Program
[00:01:11.955]because I really believe in the power
[00:01:13.661]of rural places and rural people,
[00:01:15.741]I believe in community organizing and community development.
[00:01:19.446]And I think that we can really make a difference,
[00:01:22.022]not only here in our state but all across the world
[00:01:24.839]in developing strategies that are gonna make
[00:01:27.241]rural communities vibrant, healthy
[00:01:29.869]and inclusive places for all,
[00:01:31.713]so that we're adding value, we're being sustainable
[00:01:34.391]and we're changing the narrative on why rural is important.
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