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.
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FY23 Minority Health Month Grant Applications are open!
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FY23 MIH Demonstration Grant Applications are closed
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The OCMH had a wonderful FY22 Minority Health Month Kickoff and 35th Anniversary Celebration!
To view the 2022 Minority Health Month Kickoff: Click HERE
view the 2022 Minority Heath Month Panel Discussion: Click HERE
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The Ohio Checkbook
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Ohio Health Equity Work Group
The Commission on Minority Health is a part of the Ohio Health Equity Work Group which was coordinated by the Ohio Department of Health to focus on COVID response and recovery from a health equity lens. This resulted in multiple recommendations to address racial and ethnic populations along with the creation of the comprehensive report – Ohio’s COVID-19 Populations Needs Assessment – Minimizing the Disparate Impact of the Pandemic and Building Foundations for Health Equity.
The report identifies the unique needs of Ohio’s diverse populations at-risk for disparities in accessing COVID-19 protective strategies and the foundations for long-term wellness.
The report provided recommendations about:
HOW to equitably design, resource, and implement CDC protections to prevent disease spread and lay foundations for long-term wellness.
WHAT public interventions need to take place in order to reduce the disparate impact and promote long-term population wellness.