Building a Culture of Health for Latinos: Priorities, Challenges and Success Stories
Nearly 60 million Latinos live in the U.S., with growing populations in every region of the country. Latinos face significant barriers to accessing the opportunities they need to be healthy. The good news is that community-based organizations (CBOs) are working to improve the health of the Latino communities they serve by strategically addressing the social determinants of health.
UnidosUS is a national organization with nearly 300 affiliates serving the Latino community in almost every state and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. They are working to build a culture of health by better understanding the health improvement needs of their affiliates, supporting them to maximize the impact of their program work across multiple social determinants, and finding ways to build stronger partnerships between their affiliates and traditional stakeholders in public health and health care.
On December 10, 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) teamed up with UnidosUS to learn about pressing health challenges the Latino community is facing and how local affiliates are addressing the multiple factors that contribute to health. UnidosUS also shared two success stories from their experiences: the first about a program and national network for promatoras (or community health workers), and the second about a local health center advocating for the diverse needs of the Latino community in our nation’s capital. We also highlighted how you can better partner with your local UnidosUS affiliates to address local challenges and advance equity in your community.
Since 1968 UnidosUS, formerly known as National Council of la Raza (NCLR) has remained a trusted, nonpartisan voice for Latinos around the country. UnidosUS serves the Hispanic community through research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts, as well as program work in communities nationwide. They partner with a national network of nearly 300 Affiliates to serve millions of Latinos in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy, health, and housing.