Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) takes place every year from September 15 to October 15. During this month, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) joins the national celebration of the achievements and contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. In 2018, OMH will focus its efforts on raising awareness about the importance of Hispanic participation in research studies as a way to improve the health of Hispanic and Latino populations.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) U.S. National Library of Medicine, Hispanics and Latinos are underrepresented in federally funded clinical/cohort research studies. Participation in such research studies can help reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minority communities, by identifying new ways to better treat diseases.
During Hispanic Heritage Month, OMH will work with other HHS offices including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other partners to promote messages on the importance of Hispanic/Latino community participation in research studies to achieve better health.
Population of focus: Hispanic people
Links to resource:
- Visit the Hispanic Heritage Month webpage from the Office of Minority Health for downloadable materials, events and health resources
- View the Hispanic/Latino Americans Health Profile
- Learn about tobacco use health disparities among Hispanic Americans