Athena Ramos, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow | Community Health Program Manager | College of Public Health | University of Nebraska Medical Center | Center for Reducing Health Disparities



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.


Master’s degree in business administration
Master’s degree in urban studies focused on community development
Bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Research Interests

Occupational safety, health and wellness among immigrant and migrant farmworkers
Immigrant integration
Community development
Health disparities
Healthy public spaces, recreation areas and parks
Community engagement


Community Engagement
Community Development
Public Health


NIOSH, U54 OH010162-06 (immigrant farmworker health and safety)
NE DHHS-Region VI Behavioral Health Administration, MOTAC (tobacco prevention and control)
University of Nebraska, Rural Futures Institute Teaching & Engagement grant (immigrant integration in rural communities)


Ramos, A.K. (2016). Welcoming immigrants: An opportunity to strengthen rural communities. Journal of Extension, 54(3).

Ramos, A.K., Carlo, G., Grant, K.M., Trinidad, N., & Correa, A. (2016). Stress, depression, and occupational injury among migrant farmworkers in Nebraska. Safety, 2(4), 23. DOI:10.3390/safety2040023

Ramos, A.K., Fuentes, A., and Trinidad, N. (2016). Perception of occupational risks, personal protective equipment (PPE) use, and prevention opportunities among Latino immigrant hog CAFO workers in Missouri. Safety, 2(4), 25. DOI:10.3390/safety2040025


UNMC Gold “U” (2014)
Midlands Business Journal: 40 Under 40 Award (2009)
Ten Outstanding Young Omahans (TOYO) (2006)