Athena Ramos is a native Nebraskan. She is currently the Community Health Program Manager for the Center for Reducing Health Disparities and an Instructor in the Department of Health Promotions, Social & Behavioral Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) as well as an adjunct instructor at both the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska. Athena Ramos is currently a PhD student at Clemson University in South Carolina. She received a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) in 2009, a Master’s degree (MS) in 2004 in Urban Studies, and her Bachelor’s degree (BS) in 2002 in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She also received her national certification as a Public Manager (CPM) in 2008.
In her role as Community Health Program Manager, Athena leads a Latino outreach and engagement team and serves as principal investigator for a number of community-based health research and education initiatives including a tobacco control outreach program, migrant farmworker mental health study, immigrant agricultural worker health study, and various women and girls programs. She is an experienced administrator and junior researcher with proven ability to develop and implement social and human service programs with culturally diverse populations. She has over 12 years of experience in management operations, public relations, strategic planning, health promotion and educational programming. Furthermore, she also is a sought after speaker for various workshops on health disparities, community development and engagement, and cultural considerations within health and healthcare.
She is a member of the City of Omaha Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. She serves as the co-chair of the Board of Directors for Justice for Our Neighbors Nebraska and is a member of the Board of Directors for Fontenelle Forest. Previously, she has served as the President of the Heartland Latino Leadership Conference, President of the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, Inc., President of the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC) as well as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Greater Omaha Young Professionals Board of Directors. Ms. Ramos is member of the National Council of La Raza’s President’s Council, National Latino Tobacco Control Network and the National LGBT Network for Health Equity.
Athena has been recognized numerous times for her commitment and dedication to making Omaha and Nebraska a better place to live, work, and play. Athena was recognized as one of the “40 Under 40” by the Midlands Business Journal, one of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans, the American Heart Association’s Advocacy Volunteer of the Year Award, Latina of the Year, and was recognized as one of Sarpy County’s 40 Women Under 40. She was also named an Honorary Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska. She has received the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Gold “U” Award, University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Women of Color Award for community service, the Community Leader of the Year award from the Lincoln County Boys & Girls Club, and the Outstanding Community Service Award from the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance.
Athena continuously strives to bring a sense of hope and vitality to the work that she does both personally and professionally. Athena is married and is the mother of three children.