SaludToday

Blog and social media campaign to improve Latino health.

Redes En Acción

National network to reduce Latino Cancer.

Exito! Research Training

Training and internships to increase Latino doctors and cancer researchers.

Salud America!

National network to support advocacy to reduce Latino child obesity.

Staff

 

Rosalie Aguilar
Project Coordinator
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
aguilarr2@uthscsa.edu

Aguilar is project coordinator Salud America! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children, which aims to empower its network of 50,000 parents, school personnel, community leaders, and decision-makers to start and support healthy changes for Latino children across the nation.

Jessica Alcaraz
Adminstrative Assistant
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
alcarazj@uthscsa.edu

Alcaraz assists in daily administrative needs at the IHPR. She was previously an accounting coordinator with the Office for Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs at the Health Science Center, and has worked in many other administrative and clerical roles.

Rachal Cardenas
Accountant
IHPR at UT Health San Antoniocardenasr@uthscsa.edu

Cardenas is an accountant at the IHPR promotora. She contributes to the organization's budgeting, helps create, submit, and revise prior approvals and purchase orders, and more.

 

Rick Carrillo
Video Producer/Director
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
CarrilloJE@uthscsa.edu

Carrillo produces and directs video and multimedia content across the IHPR, including Salud America! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children. He also has robust skills in photography, project management, and all aspects of video production.

 

Lisa Ellis-Veraza
Research Area Specialist
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
EllisL3@uthscsa.edu

Ellis-Veraza, who joined the IHPR in 2015, is a research area specialist for the IHPR. She curates Latino childhood obesity content, including news, research, success stories, and helpful resources, for the IHPR's Salud America! program.

 

Daisy Escamilla, MS
Research Area Specialist
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
EscamillaD3@uthscsa.edu

Escamilla is a public health researcher at the IHPR who assists with the Health4Kids intervention trial under the direction of Dr. Deborah Parra-Medina.

 

Christina Cruz
Administrative Assistant
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
CruzCD@uthscsa.edu

Cruz provides receptionist services at the IHPR's front desk in addition to several other administrative duties, including grant and event/travel planning functions.

 

Cliff Despres, BJ
Communications Director
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
despres@uthscsa.edu

Despres, who has more than a decade of experience in journalism, coordinates the IHPR’s multimedia communications—managing, planning and organizing online publications and interaction among researchers, mass media and the public.

 

Laura Esparza, MS
Project Coordinator
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
esparzal@uthscsa.edu

Esparza, who joined the IHPR in October 2009, has designed, implemented and evaluated community interventions focused on reducing sedentary behavior and increasing physical activity. She is involved in several IHPR projects, including the Health4Kids intervention trial.

 

Armida Flores, CHW
Health Educator
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
Floresa8@uthscsa.edu

Flores serves as an IHPR community health worker (CHW), a role that includes work as a patient navigator and promotora on various outreach projects. She helps cancer survivors navigate the complex health care system, get emotional support, and access needed services.

 
David Garcia

David Garcia
Project Coordinator
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
GarciaSD@uthscsa.edu

Garcia works as an IHPR project coordinator for outreach and intervention studies that occur in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.

 

Sandra J. Griffith, BS
Project Coordinator
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
griffiths3@uthscsa.edu

Griffith provides oversight for grant management, reporting and submissions, as well as fiscal-year budget planning at the IHPR. Her work experience includes project management at USAA Federal Savings Bank and Baylor College of Medicine.

 

Heidi Isales
Executive Assistant
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
Isales@uthscsa.edu

Isales supports the IHPR in many administrative functions and is the executive assistant for Dr. Amelie Ramirez.

 

Amanda Merck, MPH
Research Area Specialist
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
Merck@uthscsa.edu

Merck, who joined the IHPR in 2015, is a research area specialist for the IHPR. She curates Latino childhood obesity content, including news, research, success stories, and helpful resources, for the IHPR's Salud America! program.

 

Eric Moreno
Research Area Specialist
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
MorenoE5@uthscsa.edu

Moreno, who joined the IHPR in 2015, is a research area specialist for the IHPR. He curates Latino childhood obesity content, including news, research, success stories, and helpful resources, for the IHPR's Salud America! program.

 

Edgar Munoz, MS
Statistician
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
munoze@uthscsa.edu

Munoz is a statistician who supports IHPR researchers by helping develop research protocols, conduct analyses, identify and use available methodologies and databases, and prepare reports. He has prior work experience as a statistician in Colombia.

 

Arely Perez, MS
Project Coordinator
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
PerezA20@uthscsa.edu

Perez is project coordinator for the IHPR's Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program, which offers an annual summer institute and annual internship opportunities to increase the number of Latinos who pursue doctoral degrees and cancer research.

 

Carlos Valenzuela
Social Media Coordinator
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
ValenzuelaCA@uthscsa.edu

Valenzuela is the coordinator for the IHPR's SaludToday social media campaign on Latino health. He manages and creates content for SaludToday's blog and Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube pages, as well as maintaining robust analytics.

 

Rebecca Vega, BA
Accountant
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
vegarg@uthscsa.edu

Vega serves as lead accountant at the IHPR, performing a variety of budgeting tasks, including reviews and reconciles monthly ledger accounts and subaccounts, as wel as assisting in reviewing and reporting grants at the IHPR.

 

Edna Villarrreal, MPH
Research Area Specialist
IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
VillarrealEK@uthscsa.edu

Villarreal works as an IHPR research assistant for outreach and intervention studies that occur in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.