Principal, Co-Founder

Anamarie Ferreira de Melo, formally Garces, is the co-founder of Urban Health Solutions (UHS) and its non-profit, arm, Urban Health Partnerships (UHP). She served as founding CEO of UHP from 2011-2018. She holds a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology and a certificate in international health. She is also Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Anamarie has worked in the field for more than 15 years and has served her community in senior leadership positions while actively securing more than 40 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 co-development and implementation of policy, systems, and built and social environmental changes. Prior to establishing Urban Health, Anamarie focused on international public health monitoring and evaluation, HIV/AIDS outreach and research, pedestrian and bicycle safety projects and research, unconventional public engagement, and sports and emergency medicine. Anamarie is currently an active member of UHP’ Board of Directors, Live Healthy Little Havana Board of Directors, Founding Member of the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative, WalkSafe Ambassador, Miami DDA Homeless Taskforce Committee member, AmericaWalks Walking College Mentor, 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.