Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 to October 15

image of National Hispanic Heritage Month bannerDuring Hispanic Heritage Month (Mes de la Herencia Hispana), which takes place September 15 to October 15, we recognize the contributions and the important presence of Latinos in the United States.

Here are some resources to learn more: 

National Hispanic Heritage Month - Library of Congress

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.


The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM), announced the 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month theme: “Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation.” Hispanics serve as Civil Rights leaders, politicians, military, educators, first responders, science pioneers, public servants, and in many other areas. See the list of some exceptional Hispanic individuals who have contributed to the history of our nation.

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Learn about the history of National Hispanic Heritage Month and the educational initiative established in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community. Since then, the call to address these within the Hispanic community has been recognized by Presidents William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump through the renewal of the Initiative. This commitment demonstrates the strong support for the critical role Hispanics play in the overall prosperity of the nation and highlights the federal government’s commitment to expanding educational opportunities and improving educational outcomes for all students.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Focus on Latino Mental Health

Did you know that persons of Hispanic origin are the nation’s largest ethnic/racial minority? In fact, they are 56.6 million strong; almost 18% of the U.S. population, with the largest numbers residing in California.

Yet, despite the presence and strength in numbers, Hispanics are facing a crisis in knowledge of, access to and the use of mental healthcare. 

Learn more and find resources here. 

HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

During this month, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) joins the national celebration of the culture, achievements and contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. In 2019, OMH will focus on raising awareness on the importance of daily physical activity among the Hispanic/Latino community in an effort to improve health outcomes of this population.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hispanics in the United States are more likely to develop chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. Engaging in physical activity can help to prevent, reduce or delay the occurrence of these diseases.

Learn more and find resources here. 

Broken Borders: Responding to Trauma in Hispanic and Latino Immigrants and Refugees

A webcast event hosted by the South Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (a SAMHSA-funded initiative) at the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health. This webinar identifies factors contributing to adverse mental health outcomes among Hispanic and/or Latinx communities that have recently immigrated or sought asylum in the U.S., and offers providers meaningful intervention strategies for supporting individuals with these experiences.

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