Thank You To Our Partners | University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health

With Gratitude

During this month of Thanksgiving, we take some extra time to share our gratitude for all of our partners — individuals and communities of place and practice. Thank you for all you do to bring forward the research and hands-on work for thriving rural communities of the future.


The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska understands that to truly make a statewide, regional, national and international impact for current and future residents of rural communities, we must partner with the boldest, action-oriented thought leaders and achievers around the world.


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Today, we especially thank the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health.


Research & Teaching Projects



RFI Faculty Fellow, Athena Ramos

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.

Hear what her response to “Why Rural? Why Now?” in our 2018 campaign video!


Thank you, UNMC College of Public Health, for your energy, fortitude and passion for developing leaders of action and capacity-building work to our rural communities and those across the country and the world.