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Elianne Ramos
Elianne is the Principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic Communications and Founder of the Border Kids Relief Project. Known online as @ERGeekGoddess, she is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur and Latino community advocate, building large-scale engagement through social media and public relations and encouraging inspiration through writing. Her specialty is the production of high quality online/offline advocacy campaigns that seamlessly connect political leaders, community advocates and next-generation influencers in the U.S and Latin America. She is considered one of the most influential Latinas in social media.

Her portfolio includes collaborations with the White House, the U.S. Department of State, the National Park Foundation, The Smithsonian Museum, and major Latino and civic-centered organizations in the U.S. She’s also the Social/Cross-Cultural Communications Advisor for the Faces of Diversity Initiative in Medellín, Colombia and is an Advisory Board member for several international organizations, including the World Brand Congress and The Political Institute for Women. In addition, she leads creative workshops and lectures at conferences and universities throughout the US and abroad.

In her 18 years of experience, Elianne’s professional roles have included Creative Direction, Copywriting, Public Speaking, Public Relations and TV Commercial Production, and the development of broadcast, multimedia and social media campaigns for clients such as Procter & Gamble, Panasonic, SlimFast, Chivas Regal, HSBC Bank and AARP, among other top brands. She was also the VP, Creative Director and Co-Founder of i3 Creative Group, managing TV commercial production teams working concurrently in the US, Mexico, Uruguay and Argentina.

Awards and recognition she has received include the 2013 Brava Award from Smart CEO Magazine, the 2012 Game Changer Award from Politic365, and the 2012 Best Microblogger Award from LATISM. She’s also been nominated to the 2013 Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise, the 2012 Yahoo Women Who Shine in the Public Service category, and the 2011 US Latino Leader of Year Award by Miller Coors. Her writing has appeared in numerous books, including the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Her commentary, profiles and interviews have been featured on USA Today, ABC/Univision, CNN, Fusion, NBC Latino, Fox Business News, The Huffington Post, Voice of America, Latina Magazine and many others.

Elianne has a BA degree in Communications, Film and Video with a concentration in Advertising and Public Relations from the City University of New York and a Certification as a Teacher of English as a second Language from Regents College in London, UK.

Find some of her past and current projects at, read her blog at; connect with her on LinkedIn or Facebook, check out her channel on YouTube or follow her on Twitter @ergeekgoddess.

Entries by Elianne Ramos

Why It Is Imperative to Address Latino Health Disparities

(3) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 3:25 PM

What is health inequity? What are the social determinants that generate it? What is being done to address it? On my latest online show, it became clear that it is impossible to talk about issues of health equity without discussing social justice. In fact, socioeconomic and cultural conditions --including physical environment, housing, transportation, education and working conditions -- are oftentimes the culprit when it comes to negative health outcomes for many ethnic communities, including Latinos.

"All of us in our communities know what it's like to have a someone who is very chronically ill, what it's like to lose a family member because of these disparities," said Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio, Director of Health Equity for Families USA. "It's not just numbers. It's actually lives and entire communities that are being undermined," she added.

These negative outcomes have serious implications for the nation's wellbeing. Reducing them requires taking a deeper look, since many factors "have policy implications on health that we don't normally think of," says Donna Barry, Director of the Women and Health Program at the Center for American Progress. Among the policy areas affected by these factors (and that CAP is working on), she cited:

  • Early childhood education programs, home visitation, and equal access to quality daycare
  • Public education, including quality, financing, curricula, and standards
  • Higher education, including access, student loan financing, and debt repayment
  • Workplace issues such as increasing the minimum wage, reducing pay gap, and paid leave
  • Housing and neighborhood issues, including their impact on asthma rates and other childhood health issues; exposure to violence; "walkable" cities and the ability to exercise
  • Improving the Affordable Care Act to ensure access and quality of coverage for everyone; expansion of Medicaid
In speaking about the Affordable Care Act, Jose Plaza, Director of Latino Engagement for Enroll America, explained that the impact of the law on these disparities goes beyond insurance coverage. "These issues are historic. They're pervasive in our communities. The ACA finally [covers] a gap for families that couldn't afford health coverage before, that couldn't have access to quality healthcare as well as culturally-competent care."

Making sure those gaps are properly addressed is an on-going process, requiring a conscious collaboration between the public, the industry and governmental agencies, as well as leveraging some of the ACA's key components. To this end, the Department of Health and Human Services has launched a strategic Disparities Action Plan to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. Tony Welch, Press Secretary for the Office of Minority Health, explained that the plan's goal is to make sure that they [HHS] "think of health equity first and foremost across all programs and policies."

At the same time, at the community level, organizations like Enroll America, Families USA, CAP, and many others across the country, focus their efforts on policy advocacy, education campaigns, capacity-building among communities and providers, and on-the-ground enrollment assistance.

As for us consumers, they insist that the most important thing is to become aware, engage with the organizations working on these issues, and share information with those who need it most. If you care about health equity and social justice, here are some great places to start:

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Interview With Cory Notestine, 2015 School Counselor of the Year

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 10:45 AM


Most discussions about Latino student's educational achievement often revolve around educators, policymakers or school administrators. While each of those roles are essential in turning the numbers around, focusing solely on them leaves out an important ally: School counselors. In the case...

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Experts Weigh In: Top Latino Issues of 2014 and What to Expect in 2015

(2) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 5:38 PM


The transitional lull between the end of the holiday festivities and the race back to work is usually an open invite to a little retrospection. 2014 was a decidedly tumultuous year for Latinos, filled with gripping stories, protests, and major letdowns -- among...

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4 Things You Need to Know Now to Stay Covered

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 12:38 AM

Last week, the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace contacted thousands of people whose health care applications are incomplete, require more documentation or simply have been found to have inconsistencies in the information submitted. Although most people who received these notices over the last few months have already been able to resolve...

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On Immigration Reform: 'Don't Waste Any Time in Mourning. Organize.'

(25) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 2:30 PM

"Don't waste any time in mourning. Organize."

Those timeless words were uttered exactly 98 years ago this week -- on November 19, 1915 -- by labor activist and songwriter Joe Hill, at a time when the movement he had fought so...

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Through Art, Diversity Finds a Familiar Face in Colombia

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 4:26 PM

FOD Kids Collage

At four years old, Juan David may still be little. His dreams, however, are anything but. "I want to be a painter. I want to paint the whole world," he declares, matter-of-factly. A lofty goal, no doubt. Just...

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Community Organizers, Dreamers and a Certain Historical Figure Sound Off On the Senate Immigration Bill

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 5:03 PM

Immigration Collage

For the past couple of days, the Senate Immigration bill, also known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act has been the talk of the town. Needless to say, citizens from both the virtual...

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National Family Literacy Month: Time to Bring Back Reading as a Family

(4) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 11:09 PM

'READ' photo (c) 2008, Karin Dalziel - license:

For many of us self-professed book geeks, nothing beats curling up with a book and...

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Latinos In The Age of influence

(15) Comments | Posted June 3, 2012 | 9:32 AM

"Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power."
~ Henry George


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Bringing About Innovation: Where To Start?

(10) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 8:48 AM

Just what would be a proper definition of innovation? I'm not talking about the gadget-driven frivolity that sometimes passes for true advancement in our day and time. I'm talking about the visionary frame of mind required to completely transform the way the world works. We've seen it happen before, for...

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Equal Pay Apps: Knowledge To Fight The Wage Gap At Your Fingertips

(4) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 11:09 AM

Since 1963, when the Equal Pay Act officially became law, the wage gap has been narrowed significantly, but women still earn about 80 cents on the dollar compared to men. That gap results in the loss of $380,000 over...

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Latino-Focused Online Activism: Does It Work?

(9) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 7:22 AM

Over the last couple of years since laws like SB 1070, HB 56, and HB 2281 have cropped up in all over the states, countless campaigns have tried to prompt Latinos into civic action, most notably the "Do I look illegal", "Alto Arizona" and recently, the...

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(11) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 5:39 PM

This is the latest post in our series, TwitterPowerhouses, which focuses on the contributions of people who've helped to expand, influence, and redefine how we view social networking.

We are all impressed by those who create value in the lives of others, work tirelessly to accomplish their dreams and embody...

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Giving Voice to the Voiceless

(3) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 11:30 PM

It was a long time coming: the leveling of the field. No longer is the world the way we knew it, where we'd sit passively to devour pre-packaged bits of print, radio, broadcast messages. Nowadays, technology is being bent, shaped, transformed into two-way information, messages and concepts for and by...

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