Taking a Look Back at National Minority Health Month

MinorityHealthMonth_postcard_2013Today is the last day of National Minority Health Month. We have participated in a number of activities this month to promote this important month. As advocates for minority communities, we work every day at the policy level to protect health equity for underserved populations. And, through our Institute for Hispanic Health, we administer programs designed to equip these communities with the tools they need to live happy and health lives.

If you missed any of the fabulous blogs we wrote in observance National Minority Health Month, just click on the various links below. Also visit the health pages of the NCLR website.

Happy Día de los Niños!
Protect Health Equity Programs in the Budget
Act Now to Advance Health Equity
Mujer Sana, Familia Fuerte: How Promotores Help NCLR Fight Cervical Cancer
An Open Enrollment Period for All Americans
Smart Shoppers Make Health Shoppers

Lastly, we leave you with this delightful video from one of our promotoras.

Protect Health Equity Programs in the Budget!

We’re joining a host of organizations and the Office of Minority Health in a call to action as part of National Minority Health Month. This is an important opportunity to reflect on the health disparities in our communities and how to advance health equity despite the challenges that lie ahead. The federal budget fight poses a major threat to our health equity work.  Today you can join our Twitter Storm (you can follow and join via the widget below) and Blog Carnival from 12:00-5:00 pm ET using #4OurHealth.

Tweet or blog about a health care program in your community that’s been affected by the federal budget battle. Ask your networks, friends, and families to demand that our leaders work #4OurHealth!


Happy Día de los Niños!

Dia de Los Ninos 2013

Today is Día de los Niños, a traditional Hispanic celebration of children and the role of young people in our communities that is now enjoyed in the United States.  At NCLR, we’d like to wish all children a happy Día de los Niños and highlight the exemplary work of Para Los Niños (PLN), a member of the NCLR Affiliate Network.

PLN is a nonprofit community organization that has helped thousands of children and families in Southern California succeed in school and in life.  The dedicated staff at PLN do this by helping children overcome the various barriers—such as stressful family environments, unstable housing, and hunger—that can impede their education and long-term success.  Their services include early childhood education, elementary and middle schools, family support and mental health services, and youth workforce development services.

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The New York Times’ Unfortunate Misunderstanding of the USDA Claims Program

Photo: Bread for the World

Photo: Bread for the World

You may have read in the New York Times last Friday about the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) claims program for Hispanic farmers and ranchers.  For an organization like NCLR, which has worked hard to promote some level of compensation for Hispanics who have suffered discriminatory practices by the U.S. government, it was a deeply disappointing article, full of innuendo and short on facts.  Below we address the most egregious assertions.

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Act Now to Advance Health Equity

We’re joining @HHSGov @NLIRH for a chat about the Affordable Care Act as we wrap up National Minority Health Month. We know you have questions and we want to answer them! So, follow the conversation below and join in using #ActNow.

The chat gets started at 1 ET, but you can send your comments and questions in now.