Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year from September 15 to October 15. This year’s theme, “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation,” encourages us to ensure that all voices are represented and welcomed to help build stronger communities and a stronger nation. During Hispanic Heritage Month, OMH will partner with other federal offices and stakeholders to disseminate and amplify bilingual educational messages about disease prevention and health promotion.

Visit this webpage during Hispanic Heritage Month to find bilingual resources and materials on Hispanic/Latino health, downloadable graphics, and social media messaging. Visit OMH’s Hispanic/Latino Health Profile for detailed insights on health concerns impacting Hispanic/Latino communities in the U.S.

Create your own Hispanic Heritage Month photo frame using OMH’s template!

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About Hispanic Heritage Month

The observance we celebrate as Hispanic Heritage Month originally started in 1968, as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. In August 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the observance to cover 30 days starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

The U.S. Hispanic population, which accounts for over 62 million U.S. citizens, is diverse. Hispanic/Latino communities trace their heritage to Spanish-speaking countries in South and Central America, as well as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Spain.

The timing of Hispanic Heritage Month reflects the diversity within the U.S. Hispanic population. September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries, including:

  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua

Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Additionally, many Latin and Spanish-speaking countries commemorate their indigenous people by celebrating Día de la Raza on October 12, which also falls within these 30 days.