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National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15

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Celebrate! Get ideas for commemorating National Hispanic Heritage Month.

History - National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America… Health Data - According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanics represent approximately 16.7 percent of the U.S. population, which makes people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic minority… Health Care - The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, is making health insurance coverage more affordable and accessible. Since October 2013,  millions of Latinos have gained coverage…

Our Work

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Office of Minority Health programs and partnerships to improve the health of Hispanics and Latinos include:

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Ways to Commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month

  1. Educate yourself! Read up on Hispanic American history and the creation of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
  2. Raise awareness! Organize a community event to raise awareness about the health disparities that impact Hispanics, and connect members of your community to resources and services that will help them stay healthy.
  3. Get covered! Learn more about affordable health care options (in English and in Spanish) now available to you and your family and spread the word!
  4. Share your story! How are you celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month? What's happening in your organization or community? Share your story or tweet with us in English and in Spanish throughout the month.
  5. Chart your family health history. Knowing your family history is important to understanding your risk for disease and helping your clinicians provide the best care. The “My Family Health Portrait Tool” from the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office provides a private and easy-to-use web-based resource to organize family health history information.