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1973 -1999

1999  Wins Cine Golden Eagle Award for "Demuestra tu cariño: ¡vacuna a tu bebé!" immunization video. Releases "State of Hispanic Girls" report showing that immigrant Hispanic girls do better than their U.S.-born peers. Establishes Vacunas para la familia: Immunization for All Ages initiative. Launches the Moving Forward: CHIP for Hispanic Children network.


1998  Launches The National Hispanic Colorectal Cancer Outreach and Education Project (NHCCOEP).  Releases "La tardeada Migrant Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness" education video and kit. 


1997  Publishes ¡SALUD! A Latina's Guide to Total Health — Body, Mind, and Spirit book in Spanish (HarperLibros) and English (HarperPerennial) editions. Expands work on youth theatre with programs on HIV prevention with youth.


1996  Begins work on Healthy People 2010 policy brief. Releases Salud para todas, a breast and cervical cancer resource kit in collaboration with the American Cancer Society. Expands its Radon Helpline and establishes Aire Limpio Para Su Familia (ALFA) indoor air quality helpline. Establishes HIV/AIDS Quick Response initiative that trains hundreds of Hispanic health providers on clinical issues and protease inhibitors.


1995  Launches Nuestras voces, a national Hispanic leadership network for tobacco control supporting youth advocacy and leadership. Launches Unidos por la salud, a research and education collaborative with the National Cancer Institute and five comprehensive cancer centers. Establishes National Hispanic Women’s Health Initiative education and leadership effort. Proyecto Informar Training and Technical Assistance Network conducts its first set of national trainings.


1994  Establishes bilingual National Hispanic Prenatal Helpline (1-800-504-7081). Publishes Para vivir bien resource kit in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration to promote healthy food choices. 


1993  Establishes National Hispanic Traffic Safety campaign. Initiates Vacunas desde la cuna immunization network. Establishes the bilingual Immunization Helpline and the National Indoor Air Quality Helpline (1-800-SALUD-12). Distributes over 4,500 child safety car seats. 


1992  Launches Proyecto HEAL (Health, Empowerment, and Access for Life). Launches Growing Up Hispanic® network of policy centers. Convenes first 21st Century Community Agenda leadership meetings on health reform. Publishes first edition of Hispanic Health Needs Assessment: A Community Guide for Documenting Health Status and Establishing Priorities. 


1991  Publishes HIV/AIDS: The Impact on Hispanics policy brief. Publishes "Hispanic Sexual Behavior Implications for Research and HIV/AIDS Prevention." Creates Hispanic Health Link, first IT online computer system for Hispanic community groups. Purchases permanent national headquarters in Washington, D.C. 


1990  Establishes Community HIV and AIDS Technical Assistance Network (CHATAN). Alliance-supported research fills bulk of first mainstream  health journal devoted to Hispanic health, the American Journal of Public Health Supplement (Dec.). Publishes "…And Access for All" the first national survey of Medicaid and services to Hispanic communities. Becomes a key architect of the Disadvantaged Minority Health  Improvement Act of 1990.

1989  Begins Hispanic Health Leadership Program, a joint effort with Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Starts first national HIV/AIDS  Helpline and produces Hispanic Women and AIDS curriculum taking a leadership role in prevention work on women and AIDS. 


1988  Launches environmental protection efforts in Hispanic communities. Begins work on Healthy People 2000 policy briefs. Takes the lead  with CDC on HIV work with out-of-school youth in 8 local communities in U.S. and Puerto Rico. Produces "Each One, Teach One AIDS" prevention video.


1987  Creates Diabetes Risk Reduction Project. First Teatro (theatre) projects with youth. First HIV/AIDS funding from the Centers for Disease Control. Launches Be Smart, Don’t Start national campaign to prevent alcohol use. Successfully advocates for inclusion of Hispanic identifier on national model death certificate.


1986  Funds Hispanic Health Research Consortium to coordinate university research. Changes name to National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organizations (COSSMHO).


1985  Begins work on cultural proficiency and produces Delivering Preventive Health Care to Hispanics, First Edition training manual, resulting in Proyecto Informar Training and Technical Assistance Network (PITTAN®), a network that has trained thousands on cultural proficiency. 


1984  Develops Strengthening Families®, a training program that becomes a national standard in the field. Establishes Proyecto Esperanza (Project Hope), an initiative to prevent child abuse.


1983  Holds the first national Hispanic meeting on HIV/AIDS.


1982  Coordinates the U.S.-Mexico Border Symposium on Mental Health, Alcohol, and Drug Abuse.


1981  Begins ongoing involvement in Healthy People Health Objectives for the Nation initiative.


1980  Conducts career development and leadership training activities for nearly 7,000 Hispanic youth in 15 cities.

1979  Launches joint program with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on health fraud.


1978  Convenes National Hispanic Conference on Families, establishing families as a priority area that continues today.


1977  Forms National Hispanic Committee to advise President's Commission on Mental Health.


1976  Convenes first National Hispanic Conference on Health and Human Services.


1975  Changes name to The National Coalition of Hispanic Mental Health and Human Services Organizations (COSSMHO).


1974  Establishes national office in Washington, D.C.


1973  Founded in Los Angeles as the Coalition of Spanish Speaking Mental Health Organizations (COSSMHO).

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