National Hispanic Heritage Month 2013

HHS: 9/16/13

Beginning September 15, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, recognizing the Latino community’s contributions to the cultural richness and diversity of the United States. This year, the theme, “Hispanics: Serving and leading Our Nation with Pride and Honor,” highlights how Latinos have helped shape and strengthen all aspects of our society – from industry and research, to faith, education, arts and entertainment, and health.

Despite their great contributions to our country, Hispanic Americans are one of the largest uninsured populations in the nation.

Too many Latinos live sicker and die younger than they should. They are less likely to have access to quality health care and are less likely to get the preventive services they need to stay healthy. They disproportionately suffer from chronic and infectious diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, HIV/AIDS, and cervical cancer. Read more