The U.S. observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, sometimes referred to as LatinX Heritage Month, kicks off on September 15 and ends October 15. Several important, historical events land within this period, including Independence Day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, on September 15, Mexico’s following on September 16, and Chile’s on September 18. Dia de la Raza (Day of the Race) also known as Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day fall within this month on October 12. According to Census.Gov, there were 60.6 million Hispanic-identifying people residing in the U.S. in July 2019, and Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the roles and contributions of these groups to the building of America as we know it today. In celebration, this week’s BHIC posts will focus on the health and well-being of the spectrum of these identities.
Mental Health –
On top of the various barriers to mental healthcare in the U.S., LatinX and Hispanic people face a major, additional wall of finding access to culturally humble and sensitive healthcare providers. A lack of culturally humble providers is just one barrier – stigma, lack of health insurance, and fear of personal safety are other issues that prevent them from seeking care at all or receiving proper care. Healthcare providers who are from these communities and/or specially educated and trained in providing culturally humble care know how to comprehensively care for their patients and pick up on nonverbal and contextual signals that may indicate or provide additional information to the person’s state of health. If they have them, LatinX and Hispanic people turn to their family and friend circles for support during these times. Find research and health information resources to promote the resiliency of these communities despite these increased barriers they face.
Identity and Cultural Dimensions: LatinX/Hispanic – National Alliance on Mental Illness
LatinX/Hispanic Communities and Mental Health – Mental Health America
Liberate Meditation app
Additional References & Resources
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month – CDC.gov
Food Desert – MedlinePlus.gov
Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 – October 15 – Office of Minority Health
Hispanic American Health – MedlinePlus.gov –
Latino Health Disparities – League of United Latin American Citizens
Resources for Creating Healthy, Sustainable, and Equitable Communities – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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