Anamarie Ferreira de Melo


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Anamarie Ferreira de Melo, formally Garces, is the co-founder of Urban Health and CEO of the non-profit arm, UHP. She holds a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology and a certificate in international health. Ms. Ferreira de Melo has worked in public health for more than 15 years and has served her community in a senior leadership position for the past decade while actively securing more than 35 million dollars in funding for South Florida public health initiatives. Her primary focus is in identifying and addressing root causes of health and social disparities. She achieves this aim through establishing a shared vision with community stakeholders, then assisting with the development and implementation of policy, system, and built and social environmental changes. Prior to establishing Urban Health, Anamarie focused on international public health monitoring and evaluation, Miami pedestrian and bicycle safety projects and research, and unconventional public engagement. Anamarie is currently a Board of Director of the Live Healthy Little Havana Initiative, Founding Member of the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative, Founding Member of the Broward Healthy Community Zones, Founding Member of the Broward Transforming our Community Health (TOUCH) Initiative, WalkSafe Taskforce Member, AmericaWalks Walking College Mentor, US-1 HIA Steering Committee Member, and President of the MidBeach Neighborhood Association.  Anamarie is also co-owner and founder of Urban Health Solutions the parent company of Urban Health Partnerships.


Isabel Rovira


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Isabel Rovira is a co-founder and the COO, acting as the Director of Operations and Finance for UHP. She holds a Master’s in Public Health with experience in the public health sector, non-profit sector, and has also worked with governmental agencies. Isabel has experience in managing programs, grant writing and administration, and operations and administration for several organizations. She manages the Age-Friendly Initiative (AFI) and is passionate about creating safe and healthy spaces or all residents. Isabel has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, and with other health related organizations in South Florida. Isabel has extensive experience in meeting planning and educational programming. Isabel is also a managing partner in UHP’s parent company, Urban Health Solutions.

Dr. Andrea Iglesias

Executive Director

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Dr. Andrea Iglesias joined Urban Health Partnerships as the Interim Executive Director in October 2016 and became Executive Director in July 2017. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and brings experience as a clinician, outreach and community engagement director, administrator, and teacher. She has held leadership positions at universities, in state and national associations, and as the principal of a diversity and inclusion consulting firm. Additionally she is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami. Through her background in clinical psychology, Andrea has had the privilege of witnessing thousands of individuals’ stories. Andrea has worked to translate the knowledge and voices from these lived experiences, research in clinical and community psychology, best practices, and collaboration with key partners in effective community engagement, physical and mental health prevention and service delivery, and culturally informed practices, policies, and programs to foster healthier and more inclusive universities, organizations and communities. Andrea has a special interest in increasing mental and emotional wellbeing and improving the quality of life of all communities.

Laurie Fucini-Joy

Director of Transportation Engineering & Planning

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Laurie Fucini-Joy holds a Civil Engineering degree from Florida State University, and has over 15 years of experience working on transportation related projects, a decade of which was with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). Prior to joining Urban Health, Laurie, worked for 8 years in Boston, MA. As a project manager, she was instrumental in providing guidance on the federal process from the planning through the construction stages on a variety of roadway and transit projects. Her work includes partnerships with State DOTs, Regional Transit Authorities, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, and Project Management Oversight Contractors. Her experience includes providing stakeholders with requirements on federal programs such as funding sources, grant development, discretionary program requirements, accessibility requirements, and construction inspection. In 2014, Laurie joined the Urban Health team and has been leading the implementation of policy, systems, and environmental changes related to Complete Streets. Her focus is to continue to engage community members and governmental staff on the need for modal diversity in communities and its impacts on health. Integrated in her work is her passion for safe and efficient transit that is accessible by all and she looks forward to being a part of transit expansion in South Florida.

Elsa Vazquez

Outreach and Training Coordinator

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Elsa Vazquez joined UHP as Outreach and Training Coordinator in April of 2018. Elsa Vazquez is passionate in providing coaching and development training. She has almost 20 years experience as an Associate Certified Coach, medical sales professional, as well as 4 years experience as a public official for the City of West Miami (2010-2014). Vazquez obtained certifications from the University of Miami Certified Professional Coach program, as well as The International Coaching Federation. Elsa looks forward to provide quality training and development within Urban Health Partnerships.

Alba Rubio

Administrative and Communications Specialist

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Alba Rubio joined UHP as the Administrative and Communications Specialist in March of 2018. She possesses over 7 years experience in providing administrative, marketing, creative, and programming support and solutions. Having gained her skills through non-profit as well as music advocacy work, she holds a strong passion for supporting logistic and creative ideas aimed at empowering underserved communities. Alba engages and updates the UHP communicative platforms and provides administrative support to UHP and its staff. Alba is a B.A. Candidate at Berklee College of Music for Professional Studies in Music Business.

Patricia Nicholas

Outreach Specialist

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Patricia Nicholas joined Urban Health Partnerships as the Community Engagement Supervisor & Cohort Lead for Healthy Community Zones in December 2015 and currently works as an Outreach Specialist. She holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice and brings experience in supervision, policy writing and law enforcement. In addition, since 2016, she has been working within the House of Representatives to pass a bill entitled “TJ Alert” that is a rapid response alert system to locate missing persons with mental illness. Within Urban Health Partnerships, Patricia has coordinated and facilitated training for our community liaisons, implemented components to the TOUCH Healthy Community Zine Initiative and has been responsible for deepening relationships with community members, project leaders and residents.

Mary Soares

Project Coordinator

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Mary Soares joined Urban Health Partnerships as a Project Coordinator in February 2015. She has been integral in providing data analysis, outreach support, interviewing stakeholders, developing publications and community documents. Mary recently was awarded the University of Miami Institute for the Americas Field Research Grant to conduct Zika related research in Brazil. Mary has a B.S. in Biology, minor in Chemistry and a Master’s in Public Health.

Giancarlo Atassi

Project Assistant

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Giancarlo Atassi joined Urban Health Partnerships as an intern in 2016 and after the completion of his capstone project he became a Project Assistant. He is a Master’s in Public Health candidate at The George Washington University with a concentration in Global Health, and will be matriculating at medical school at Northwestern in the fall. He graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Religious Studies, and his extracurricular experiences during and after college have included work with several nonprofits in areas as diverse as domestic minor sex trafficking, jazz appreciation, refugee rights, and maternal/child health in Bangladesh. He is planning on marrying his public health degree with his medical practice, with an interest in the built environment, health policy, and their relationships to community health. Giancarlo will continue working on UHP projects while completing his medical degree.

Barbara Bologni


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Barbara Bologni joined UHP as an intern in January 2018. Originally from Venezuela, Miss Bologni is pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Public Health along with a Masters degree in Public Health at the University of Miami. She has worked for nonprofit organizations such as the Red Cross and the Ronald McDonald’s House and worked with breast cancer cells in a Biomedical lab. She is planning on pursuing a Medical degree after finishing her Masters degree.