Hispanic Heritage Month
Every year, Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15. The theme for this year’s observance is Esperanza: A celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope .
Latinos are the largest racial and ethnic minority population in the U.S. During the month-long observance, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will celebrate the culture, achievements, and contributions of this community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Hispanics are more likely to develop chronic health conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. The threat of COVID-19 has increased health risks for people with these underlying conditions.
During Hispanic Heritage Month, OMH will partner with other federal offices and stakeholders to disseminate and amplify bilingual education messages about disease prevention and health promotion, and resources about the importance of learning how to manage stress, as well as how and where to access resources and help for mental health. OMH will also highlight programs and practices that focus on engaging Hispanic/Latino communities on various public health issues and will amplify the latest CDC COVID-19 guidance.
Check out the OMH Knowledge Center online catalog for publications and resources that analyze overall health disparities existing within the Hispanic/Latino community.