Principal, Co-Founder

Anamarie Ferreira de Melo, formally Garces, is a principal and co-founder of Urban Health Solutions and CEO of its non-profit arm, Urban Health Partnerships. 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.