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.
Health outcomes among Latinos are affected by factors such as lack of health insurance, language and cultural barriers, and lack of access to care. In October 2021, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) developed an issue brief that analyzes changes in health insurance coverage and examines disparities in health status and access to care between Latinos and non-Latino Whites using data from 2013-2020.
- Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care Among Latinos: Recent Trends and Key Challenges [PDF 186KB]
- National Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 – HHS Fact Sheet [PDF 99KB]