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August 2010 YP Connections: YP Profile

Athena Ramos

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Name: Athena Ramos

Company: UNMC College of Public Health

Title: Program Coordinator



I am one of the most passionate people I know. I like to live intensely; therefore, I get involved in a number of community activities and
organizations. Currently, I serve as the President of the Board of Directors for the Heartland Latino Leadership Conference (HLLC).  The mission of the HLLC is to offer opportunities for Latinos to develop the skills, awareness, and networks to become empowered leaders and catalysts for positive change in their communities. We seek to be the premier leadership organization for Latinos to learn, develop, nurture, and maximize their leadership potential as individuals and professionals. Every year, we host an annual conference which attracts over 500 Latino and non-Latino professionals. This year the conference will be held on November 12, 2010 at the Embassy Suites in La Vista. I’d encourage all to come to the conference. Additionally, this year we are also adding a couple of events prior to the conference which included a Hispanic health learning event, “Say What? Communicating with Non-English Speaking Patients: It’s Critical” on June 15, 2010 at Nomad Lounge from 6-8pm in collaboration with UNMC, Deloitte, and the Nebraska Association of Translators and
Interpreters. We are also working together with MYLPA, the Metro Young Latino Professionals Association, to host a Young Professionals Networking event in September 2010.

I love to be involved in the arts, and I have a unique passion for the Latino community. I serve on the Board of Directors for Justice for Our Neighbors, a legal immigration education, service, and advocacy organization; Teatro Arete, a Spanish-language theater company; Nebraska Minority Public Health Association; and the Omaha City Parks & Recreation Board. My interests stretch across many different topics, and so I get involved with organizations where I truly believe that I can make a difference – where I can bring new ideas, energy, and diversity to the activities that organization does and seeks to do. Being active in the community for me is a way to live what I believe in. I think we have a duty and responsibility to leave this world a little better than when we found it. Volunteering is a way I can teach this value to my children through example. By being involved, I am also able to learn, develop, and cultivate new skills, ideas, and interests that I may not have had the opportunity to do otherwise. For me, many times being involved offers an outlet for my creativity, and I get much pleasure from being able to share this with organizations.

Previously, I have served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Omaha Young Professionals, the Neighborhood Center, the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC), and the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance.

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