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:
- Read Building an Organizational Response to Health Disparities: Five Pioneers from the Field (PDF) to learn how five organizations have made a business case for addressing disparities in health care quality and access. Organizations such as hospitals, health plans, health systems, and others may see their own motivations and challenges reflected in these examples. These case studies increase the evidence base for health organizations in support of building a business case to reduce health disparities.
- Read CMS OMH’s, Understanding the Health Needs of Diverse Groups of Hispanic Medicare Beneficiaries (PDF), which examines the future medical needs and challenges of a fast growing and increasingly heterogenous Hispanic population.
- Read CMS OMH’s, Comparing Puerto Rican’s Health Status, Access to Care, and Satisfaction with Care to Their Mainland Counterparts Prior to Hurricane Maria (PDF), which examines Health Care conditions on the U.S Island territory before the storm.
- Read the Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities in Health Care in Medicare Advantage (PDF) stratified report, which looks at racial and ethnic differences in health care experiences and clinical care for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries.
- Read CMS OMH’s Building an Organizational Response to Disparities to find evidence-based interventions that can contribute to reducing health disparities. Key resources include A Practical Guide to Implementing the National CLAS Standards (PDF), the Guide to Developing a Language Access Plan, and the Compendium of Resources for Standardized Demographic and Language Data Collection.
- Read CMS OMH’s Race, Ethnicity, and Language Preference in the Health Insurance Marketplaces 2017 Open Enrollment Period data highlight, which examines Marketplace enrollment by racial and ethnic subgroup as well as language preference.
- Download and share the Health Insurance Marketplace’s Value of Health Insurance fact sheet in English or Spanish, to promote the importance of health insurance.
- Download and share From Coverage to Care resources, including A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You in Spanish in English, and A Roadmap to Behavioral Health in Spanish (PDF) and English to help individuals make the most of their health coverage.
- Share Connected Care resources, such as the “Connecting the Dots” patient animated videos in Spanish and English to help individuals living with multiple chronic conditions learn more about the benefits of chronic care management services.