Observances ~ September 15 - October 15
Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month
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Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month
In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1989 by Congress to a month long celebration (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15).
We celebrate the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
September 15th was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16th and 18th, respectively.
For More Information, see the US Census Bureau's
Facts for Features, Hispanic Heritage Month
CDC's Collaboration with Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS)
As we celebrate Hispanic/Latino Heritage month this year, CDC highlights a new collaboration with Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS).
As a result of many years of successful collaboration, CDC recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with HSHPS focused on promotion of a diverse public health workforce and improving Hispanic health. Coordinated by CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, the new MoU provides greater communication channels between CDC and HSHPS faculty, students, recent graduates, member institutions and affiliates.
The agreement facilitates collaboration with HSHPS across a number of areas, including dissemination of CDC scientific and programmatic information, training and funding opportunities, as well as publicly available internship and employment opportunities. The collaboration will also support the development of joint training programs focused on engaging public health professionals who are representative of or have experience serving the Hispanic community.
HSHPS and the CDC are committed to investing time and resources to diversifying the public health workforce in addition to improving Hispanic health nationwide. This alliance will expand horizons and offer opportunities to both groups while staying consistent with their respective missions. Through this partnership, it is expected that public health practitioners will get increased support for providing better services to the Hispanic community, and that CDC will have a greater connection to emerging Hispanic health leaders.
HSHPS, headquartered in Washington, DC, is a 501 (c) member-based non-profit organization established in 1996 and composed of schools of medicine, public health, nursing, pharmacy, and dentistry that strive to strengthen the Nation’s capacity to increase the Hispanic health workforce to serve and promote the health of Hispanics.
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CDC Health Disparities & Inequalities Report (CHDIR)
The CDC Health Disparities & Inequalities Report - United States, 2013 (CHDIR)
is important for encouraging action and facilitating accountability to reduce modifiable disparities by using interventions that are effective and scalable. The report also underscores the need for more consistent data on population characteristics that have often been lacking in health surveys such as disability status and sexual orientation.
For examples of some important health disparities affecting the Hispanic/Latino population reported in the CHDIR, see the
Hispanic or Latino Populations web page.
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For More Information
CDC's Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities (OMMHE)
CDC Feature: Hispanic/Latino Heritage
CDC Feature: Once Conversation at a Time
FastStats - Health of Hispanic or Latino Population
Health, United States, 2013 - Hispanic or Latino Population
Sociodemographic Maps - Hispanics
CDC, Health Literacy
Color Me Safe / A colorear seguro!
Coloring book for children ages four to seven in English & Spanish
Be Ready Infographics
Infographics on how to be ready for a range of different disasters, in English & Spanish
Caring for Children in a Disaster / Cómo cuidar a los niños en un desastre
Website in English & Spanish
Ready Wrigley / Listo Calixto
Books designed to help families prepare for emergencies, in English and Spanish.
Preventing Pregnancies in Younger Teens, Vital Signs
HIV Among Youth in the US Vital Signs
CDC Feature: National Latino AIDS Awareness Day ~ October 15th
Health Disparities in HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, & TB: Hispanics/Latinos
HIV Among Latinos
United States-Mexico Public Health
Anuncio de servicio público: La tuberculosis en nuestra comunidad
(Public Service Announcement (PSA): Tuberculosis in Our Community)
Radio, Spanish Podcast
Healthy People 2010 - Snapshot for the Hispanic Population
Health Disparities Experienced by Hispanics---US. MMWR 2004.
US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
Office of Minority Health (OMH)
Other Federal Government
White House Executive Order 13555 Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
US Census Bureau, Facts for Features: Hispanic Heritage Month 2014
US Census Bureau, The Hispanic Population: 2010
Hispanic Heritage Month
MedlinePlus: Hispanic-American Health
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day ~ October 15
Health.gov, Health Literacy
- White House Presidential Proclamations
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