Oprah Chooses Dr. Amelie Ramirez as a ‘Cycle Breaker’ for Latino Health

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TV personality Oprah Winfrey has selected Dr. Amelie Ramirez of UT Health San Antonio as a “Cycle Breaker” for her groundbreaking work to build health equity in the Latino community.

Cycle Breakers is a video series from the Smithsonian Channel that spotlights leaders who are solving health disparities in marginalized communities.

Each Cycle Breaker is chosen by Oprah to augment her documentary, The Color of Care, which chronicles how people of color suffer from systemically substandard US healthcare and how COVID-19 exposed the tragic consequences of this inequity.

Ramirez’s episode, released Oct. 3, 2022, features her life’s work to break the cycles of inequities that worsen health for Latinos.

“Cycles are tough to break. Amelie Ramirez is the driving force behind an innovative health program that’s delivering real information & changing perspectives within the healthcare industry,” according to the Smithsonian Channel, which featured the episode on Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok, and Facebook.

Oprah lauded Ramirez for “sparking the change that we all wish to see in this world.”

“The work that you’re doing to make real change and help correct disparities in our healthcare system is invaluable,” Oprah said in a message for Dr. Ramirez. “I admire your mission and your purpose to do better … I hope you feel empowered now to continue on your path to helping communities take the right step, the right next step, to begin to make a difference.”

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