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National Hispanic Heritage Month

Join the CMS Office of Minority Health (OMH) as it honors National Hispanic Heritage Month by helping Hispanics take steps toward better health through its health equity initiatives, resources, and research.      

The CMS Office of Minority Health welcomes your participation in promoting observances throughout the year to raise awareness about health issues affecting people across our nation. Share our resources on prevention, health equity, and research about health disparities.

Did You Know?

  • Hispanics or Latinos are the largest ethnic minority population in the U.S.
  • About 1 in 5 people living in the U.S. are Hispanic (58 million). 
  • As of 2015, Overall, 19.5 percent of the Hispanic population was not covered by health insurance, as compared to 6.3 percent of the non-Hispanic white population (Source).
  • Hispanics are more likely to face challenges that affect health and health care access, including speaking a language other than English, having less than a high school education, and living within food insecure household (Source).
  • Hispanics are more likely than non-Hispanic Whites to be uninsured (Source).
  • The two leading causes of death in Hispanics are cancer and heart disease.
  • Hispanic people are about 50% more likely to die from diabetes than whites.

Celebrated annually from September 15 to October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month honors the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. While Hispanics living in the United States have a rich culture and history, this population is disproportionately affected by chronic health conditions and has a higher risk of being uninsured compared to non-Hispanic Whites. Hispanic Heritage Month creates an ideal time to educate the public about resources and initiatives that can be used to improve access to health care services and health equity within the Hispanic community.

Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month is part of our strategy to foster innovation by giving tools and resources to empower beneficiaries.

Below are resources you can use this month and beyond:


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