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 completed 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.


  • Ph.D. in International Family and Community Studies from Clemson University
  • 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
  • Latinos
  • 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)