HIspanic-Latino Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15, 2012
The Florida Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and the Florida Hispanic Professional Associates, Inc. are joining forces again to provide a wealth of knowledge, arts and foods to celebrate the rich and diverse culture of Hispanic-Latinos throughout Florida.
This year’s theme, “Achieving Health Equity for Hispanic-Latinos-Keeping the Promise: Unity, Strength, Leadership”is a tribute to the visionaries of this powerful group citizens that has resulted in transformative programs that develop and empower young Hispanic-Latinos into the next generation of Hispanic-Latino leaders.
Hispanic Latino Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th through October 15th annually; The Office of Minority Health and the Hispanic Health Advisory Council have planned a series of events to celebrate the heritage, culture, spirit, and extraordinary contributions of Hispanic-Latinos Americans.
In September 1968, Lyndon B. Johnson was authorized by Congress to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, the observance was expanded to a month long celebration beginning on September 15th. This is the anniversary celebration of the independence of five Latin American countries - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16th and September 18th, respectively.
Schedule of Events direct link (pdf, 132kb)
According to the 2010 U.S. Census population estimates, there are roughly 50.5 million Hispanics living in the United States, representing approximately 16.3% of the U.S. total population, making people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic or race minority.
The 2010 U.S. Census population estimates there are 4, 223,806 Hispanic-Latinos living in Florida, representing approximately 22.5 % of Florida’s total population. The leading causes of death in the Hispanic-Latino population are heart disease, cancer, and accidents (unintentional injuries).