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June, 2007

Hispanic Health Program



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The health disparities related to Hispanic/Latino sub-populations is detrimental to the health of our nation.

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There is a critical need for a future health workforce that reflects the diversity of the population.

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Hispanic/Latino representation in health professions has been consistently inadequate.

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The lack of Hispanics/Latinos in health policy, research, leadership and provider roles is unacceptable.


CDC has established a Cooperative Agreement with the Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools, Inc. (HSHPS), to enhance the participation of Hispanics/Latinos in public health. HSHPS is a non-profit organization established in 1996 in response to Executive Order  "Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans (EEHA)." The HSHPS currently represents 22 medical schools with at least 9% Hispanic student enrollment and three schools of public health with at least 5% student enrollment.

Example of program in action:
  Through the CDC cooperative agreement, member medical schools on the U.S. Mexico border and in Mexico have been able to develop a joint research agenda for this area of the world.  Included in this agenda has been an on-going series of U.S.-Mexico Border Health Research seminars. In the summer of 2002, four students from HSHPS member institutions participated in a CDC/ATSDR internship to understand more about public health, CDC, and career opportunities in public health.


In the future, CDC would like to expand the internship to increase the number of students and the times of the year when they can study at CDC. The HSHPS research agenda will be broadened to increase the number of Hispanic/Latino researchers and the number of grants successfully awarded from CDC and other agencies to member institutions; a research clearinghouse will be investigated; and a publications unit will be initiated. An internal HSHPS Research Review Committee will be developed to help strengthen HSHPS's mission.

For more information, contact Ms. Blanca Torres at CDC's Office of Minority Health, Mailstop K67, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30333: (404) 498-2345:

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