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June, 2007

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September 15-October 15, 2004, National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month


SEPTEMBER 15 - OCTOBER 15, 2004  IS NATIONAL HISPANIC/LATINO HERITAGE MONTH ~ Hispanic Americans: Making a Difference in Our Communities and our Nation

Hispanics or Latinos are persons of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South- or Central-American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.  The federal government considers race and Hispanic origin to be two separate and distinct concepts; Hispanic/Latino Americans may be any race. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Hispanics/Latinos of all races represent 12.5 percent of the U.S. population, about 35 million individuals. The Census Bureau projects that by the year 2035 there will be 75 million Hispanic/Latino individuals, comprising 20 percent of the population. Though Hispanic/Latino communities can be found throughout Florida, the Northeast, and other parts of the country, the greatest concentrations of Hispanics/Latinos are in the southwestern states from Texas to California.  The states with the greatest concentration of Hispanics/Latinos are New Mexico, California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Florida.

Observing Hispanic/Latino heritage was first approved as a week observance by a Joint Resolution of the United States Congress on September 17, 1968. Twenty years later, on August 17, 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the celebrations to a month, September 15 to October 15. The time period was selected to coincide with the independence celebrations of Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Chile and Nicaragua.

This year, CDC's Association of Latino Employees at CDC & ATSDR (ALECA) celebrates Hispanic/Latino heritage month with …

Hispanic Americans:
Making a Difference in Our Communities and our Nation

In Celebration of the Hispanic Heritage Month the Association of Latino Employees at CDC & ATSDR (ALECA) is coordinating the following activities:

Social Justice, Health Inequities and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Populations

The Office of the Chief Operating Officer (COO) presents a two part presentation on issues related to health and Limited English Proficient populations.

Part One: Dr. Yolanda Partida, Director, "We Speak Together" - "Hablamos Juntos"

Part Two: Mr. Tobias Marshall, Lead Investigator for LEP programs in Region IV, DHHS Atlanta Office of Civil Rights

Other Federal  Hispanic/Latino heritage month Observances
White House Proclamation
U.S. Census Bureau
Census Facts For Hispanic Heritage Month
Facts on the Hispanic or Latino Population
Hispanic Population in the United States, 2002 March CPS
United States Hispanic Population Slide Show
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Equal Opportunity & Civil Rights
Observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month
NASA Hispanic Employment Program (HEP)
Hispanic Related Links
CDC's Office of Minority Health (OMH) Hispanic/Latino Related Pages
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Hispanic or Latino Populations    (en Español)
Hispanic Health Program Fact Sheets   (en Español)
Hispanic/Latino News
Populations Definitions   (en Español)



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