2000 - 2022
Through our initiatives we provided over $14 million in funding to over 51 organizations in 23 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and two international partners. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Beyond Diversity— Time for New Models of Health”. We responded to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with community-led and tailored responses that delivered over 300,000 vaccinations. Together with 2021 efforts, the Alliance delivered almost 1 million vaccinations reducing the access gap in Hispanic communities and showed the power of community-led efforts and caring, individual responses by community health workers (promotores) to effectively respond to public health emergencies and ensure access for all. In 2022, the Alliance also expanded activities, building on its COVID-19 model to expand access to routine adult vaccinations, including flu vaccination; a model that will serve communities as COVID-19 vaccination moves into a routine vaccination model.
Advancing the science, the Alliance began a new cycle of its Todos Juntos: All of Us Research Program began a new cycle that has now reached over 30 million persons, including 4 million in 2002 to support NIH in building a robust national database that will be the most diverse in U.S. history. To advance utilization of this important resource to understand Hispanic health and well-being, the Alliance launched its Research Ambassadors Program that now represents a collaboration of 16 universities and over 200 researchers at all levels from student to tenured professors to advance use of the All of Us database and conduct new groundbreaking research. Let’s Prevent Diabetes/Prevengamos la diabetes enrolled 981 participants in this full year diabetes prevention Lifestyle Change Program (LCP). The Nuestras Voces (Our Voices) Network on Cancer and Tobacco Control released new infographs highlighting the rise of vaping among Hispanic youth and the link with depression, conducted a training and released tools for policymakers on using point of sale regulations to prevent youth access to tobacco products, conducted a multi-session training for policymakers on increasing HPV vaccination, and conducted trainings for community health workers on breast cancer and ovarian cancer. The Healthy Americas Foundation (HAF) sponsored a consortium of 11 university-based teams conducting new research on cervical cancer and underserved Hispanic women that is a first-in-field effort to utilize the All of Us Research Workbench to examine this issue. HAF supported a new training and developed a guide, in partnership with the American Public Human Services Association, for Hispanic-serving community-based organizations on advancing and integrating health and human services and efforts that support families across generations.
The Alliance and HAF partnership with Sesame Street supported and distributed new bilingual multi-platform (printed, online, game, video) resources on healthy eating and provided trainings for community health workers on utilizing the resources. With over 325 local partners, the Alliance and HAF partnership was proud to launch the 16th year of the ¡Vive tu vida!Get Up! Get Moving!® event series in 11 cities with health and wellness activities attended by 18,900 people; 6,027 free health screenings delivered; 56,100 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables given out; 7,480 free COVID-19 tests provided; and, 14,200 books given to children. Our Su Familia Health Helpline continues to expand and now has referral resources to 14,660 community clinics serving uninsured persons in need of mental health, primary care, and social services. As part of Mi Hermana- Community Health Champions developed a series of seven webinars and the respective manuals and resources to promote health and well-being in women.
The pandemic challenges continued so we created hybrid approaches throughout all our programs to provide the high-touch experience that is essential to building and maintaining trust. Through our initiatives, we provided over $13 million in funding to over 80 organizations in 26 states, DC, and Puerto Rico. We led activities to counter the myths about vaccines and facilitate getting vaccinations by working with community-based organizations to hire and train 482 certified vaccine navigators (CVNs) and vaccinated over 640,000 people in Hispanic communities. Our social media press kit campaigns included 27 English and 27 Spanish social media COVID-19 and flu vaccination and prevention campaigns. Todos Juntos: All of Us Research Program began a new cycle that has now reached 29.9 million persons and collaborated with NIH to implement the COVID-19 Participant Experience (COPE) survey with over 100,000 All of Us participants producing some of the earliest and most comprehensive data to understand the COVID-19 epidemic in the U.S. across diverse communities.
The Let’s Prevent Diabetes/Prevengamos la diabetes (LPD) continued on a virtual platform and enrolled 944 participants in this full-year diabetes prevention Lifestyle Change Program (LCP). In collaboration with the New Mexico Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program, and the New Mexico Association of Community Health Workers/Nuestra Salud, we released Prevención y control del tabaquismo (prevention and control of tobacco use) as a resource for community health workers. The Healthy Americas Foundation (HAF) conducted a national survey and published “HPV and Pap Testing among White, Black, and Hispanic Women: Results from a Survey Study,” in Discover Social Science and Health, published online on November 29, 2021. We provided testimony for the Congressional hearing on "The Future of Biomedicine: Translating Biomedical Research into Personalized Health Care." The Alliance and HAF partnership with Sesame Street added ten new Comfy, Cozy Spaces in community organizations and co-produced and distributed three Sesame Street videos (sing-a-long, storytime, and movement). We published “E-cigarette use among Hispanics: Reducing risk or recruiting new tobacco users?” in Addictive Behaviors 125 (2022) 107149. Our Su Familia Health Helpline continues to expand and now has referral resources to 14,601 community clinics serving uninsured persons in need of mental health, primary care, and social services. HAF launched the Hispanic Family Equity Fund.
In a year of extraordinary challenges, we moved to virtual platforms to continue providing critical services to communities. We were the source for reliable information for communities and were able to donate 61,600 N-95 masks to local health and human service agencies. We provided bilingual informational videos and materials on COVID-19 updating them based on the latest science. We developed a COVID-19 Bingo game to engage families that was adopted by the National Library of Medicine. Todos Juntos: All of Us Research Program has now reached over 4 million persons and has leveraged its community networks to support local efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The Nuestras Voces (Our Voices) Network provided technical assistance to seven state cancer programs and coalitions; Conducted webinar trainings on interventions and best practices for tobacco/cancer control for Hispanics, and with the Ventanillas de Salud (Health Section of the Mexican Consulate) and the US - Mexico Border Health Commission, convened and hosted the webinar “Hablemos sobre los cánceres ginecológicos (Let’s talk about gynecological cancers).”The Let’s Prevent Diabetes / Prevengamos la diabetes (LPD) moved to a virtual platform and enrolled 917 community participants with prediabetes or at risk for diabetes in community Lifestyle Change Program (LCP) cohorts, HAF launched Nuestro Futuro (Our Voices): Preventing LatinX Youth Tobacco Addiction, Nuestras Comunidades (Our Communities): Advancing Place-Based Opportunity Ecosystems; and, Mi Hermana-‑Latina Health Champions. This was the second year of the Alliance and HAF partnership with Sesame Street. We provided over 150,000 free Sesame Street bilingual toolkits for families and providers; included educational materials for kids learning at home as part of home grocery deliveries; and, provided online lessons, sing alongs, and story times from your favorite Sesame Street characters to support kids and families. For more information on HAF please visit healthyamericasfund.org.
First year of Nuestros Niños a partnership with Sesame Street to provide 14 communities with provider webinars on early childhood; Comfy, Cozy Spaces; and bilingual printed, mobile, and online resources for children and parents. This was the 13th successful year for ¡Vive tu vida! — Get Up! Get Moving! To date, 241,364 people have attended the 121 events, with 86% attending as a family. We have provided over 104,630 health screenings. The events were made possible by the over 1,000 volunteers and 400 community partners that participate annually. Todos Juntos: All of Us Research Program reached nearly 3 million persons.The Nuestras Voces (Our Voices) Network worked to eliminate tobacco and cancer disparities among Hispanics through meaningful collaboration and networking, the provision of training and technical assistance, and dissemination of the latest information on tobacco and cancer control. The Let’s Prevent Diabetes / Prevengamos la diabetes (LPD) Program participants with prediabetes and those at risk for diabetes continue to complete the year-long Prevent T2 Curriculum to meet a 5-7% weight loss goal as well as decrease their risk for and incidence of type 2 diabetes. We worked with partners to create and launch a new loan low interest rate (3.25%) fund to meet the needs of community-based organizations so they could expand or enhance services.
Upon request, as is consistent with our mission and work, provided technical assistance to Congressional offices with respect to Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act (H.R. 3942); founding of the Congressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic; Fighting Homelessness Through Services and Housing Act (S.923); and, Personal Care Products Safety Act (S.726). We also provided comments on key 2019 Regulatory Activities. Some examples are (1) Breast Implants—Certain Labeling Recommendations to Improve Patient Communication (Docket No. FDA-2019-D-4467), submitted October 31, 2019 supporting actions to establish a black box warning and recommendations for implementation; (2) Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities (Docket No. HHS-OCR-2019-0007), submitted August 13, 2019 opposed to changes in sex discrimination definition, nondiscrimination provisions in health insurance, and access protections for limited English proficient (LEP) persons and those with disabilities; and, (3) Enhancing the Diversity of Clinical Trial Populations (Docket No. FDA-2019-D-1264), submitted August 6, 2019 outlining recommendations for inclusive clinical trial practices, design, and conduct to advance good science.
Todos Juntos: All of Us Research Program. In the first year, the Alliance exceeded its goal of reaching 811,000 persons with information by 270% reaching 2.2 million persons. National Network to Reduce Tobacco-Related and Cancer Health Disparities had many accomplishments including implementation of evidence-based programs in all 11 CDC Chronic Disease and Health Promotion regions; 325 cross-sector partners participating in Network efforts; national webinars with over 500 agencies trained; key national partnerships; Su Familia integration with state and national smoking quitlines; social media efforts reaching over 1.2 million with over 100 partners; and national bilingual smoking cessation campaign partnership with CDC reaching over 10 million.Healthy Americas Initiative: The program completed fielding of the Healthy Americas Survey (a nationally representative poll with data for Hispanics, non-Hispanic whites, and non-Hispanic blacks) on questions regarding health status and opinions on individual and community health. Let’s Prevent Diabetes / Prevengamos la diabetes (LPD) Program addresses prediabetes and the disproportionate burden of diabetes among Hispanic adults, Medicare participants, and the general public in seven distinct communities across the United States that are currently without a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program (LCP). We provided CDC’s program and in the first year of operation, a total of224 participants were enrolled with183 retained who had an average weight loss of 5.0 pounds over four months. Sites will now apply for a designation in to be reimbursed by Medicare for delivering the T2 curriculum. ¡Vive tu vida!Get Up! Get Moving. To date, 229,864 people have attended 107 events since 2007, with 86% attending as a family, and 102,830 health screenings provided. The events are made possible by over 1,000 volunteers and 368 community partners that participate annually. Celebrated 45th anniversary with world class international benefit "Concert for the Americas" at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC.
Let’s Prevent Diabetes / Prevengamos la diabetes (LPD) Program launched to provide CDC’s “Prevent T2 Curriculum / Prevenga el T2 Currículo” (Prevent T2) to a minimum of 1,000 participants through community-based partners. Awarded NIH Todos Juntos: All of Us Research Program funds to educate, motivate, and facilitate enrollment of Hispanics in the All of Us Research Program. National Network to Reduce Tobacco-Related and Cancer Health Disparities was in its fifth and final year as the Nuestras Voces (Our Voices) Network worked to eliminate tobacco and cancer disparities among Hispanics through meaningful collaboration and networking, the provision of training and technical assistance, and dissemination of the latest information on tobacco and cancer control. Healthy Americas Initiative was launched to ensure a culture of health reaches all American communities, the project is developing efforts to understand health priorities in Hispanic communities and amplify lessons learned through webinars to support implementation of policy, system, and environmental change efforts. Released major report in December 2017 on Hispanic health
Awarded OMH grant to fund "Let's Talk About Lupus" project in 10 HHS regions. Celebrated 10th anniversary of Vive Tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!. Events for 2016 will take place in eleven communities. 169,437 people have attended the 88 events held since 2007, with 86% attending as a family, and 81,288 health screenings have been provided. The Buena Salud® Club has over 11,224 mobile subscribers and a total of 17,232 active members. Implement the National Caregiver Training Program a multi-year educational program to provide training on caregiving and developing coping skills to caregivers of disabled veterans on behalf of the Veterans Administration.
In collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, releases “Genes, Culture, and Health: Ensuring the Best Health Outcomes for All.” Releases survey results on Hispanic adults and their attitude towards diabetes. Supports NYS Attorney General on Reforms for Herbal Supplements. Supports CDC Educational Campaign to Prevent Smoking “Its about time.” Nuestros Niños: Medicaid and CHIP for Hispanic Children results in 33,195 completed CHIP and Medicaid applications. Diabetes se puede controlar: Community Health Champions produces significant improvement for intervention group as compared to control group. Became GSA contractor. First GUGM held in Puerto Rico. Supports Hispanic community leadership working on issues of emergency access to epinephrine to respond to anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) events. Awarded CMS cooperative agreement to fund navigators in Florida, Illinois, Georgia, and Texas.
Releases report About Our Health report on the first results from the landmark $50 2015 In collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, releases “Genes, Culture, and Health: Ensuring the Best Health Outcomes for All.” Releases survey results on Hispanic adults and their attitude towards diabetes. Supports NYS Attorney General on Reforms for Herbal Supplements. Supports CDC Educational Campaign to Prevent Smoking “Its about time.” Nuestros Niños: Medicaid and CHIP for Hispanic Children results in 33,195 completed CHIP and Medicaid applications. Diabetes se puede controlar: Community Health Champions produces significant improvement for intervention group as compared to control group. Became GSA contractor. First GUGM held in Puerto Rico. Supports Hispanic community leadership working on issues of emergency access to epinephrine to respond to anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) events. Awarded CMS cooperative agreement to fund navigators in Florida, Illinois, Georgia, and Texas.
Celebrates the 40th Anniversary with Concert for the Americas and VIDA Awards event at the Kennedy Center. Starts the Let’s Talk About Anaphylaxis program to address the risk among Hispanic children for anaphylaxis and the Let’s Talk About Diabetes intervention model in San Diego, CA to prevent secondary disease among Hispanics diagnosed with diabetes type 2 or hypertension. Implements Nuestros Niños: Medicaid and CHIP for Hispanic Children to increase enrollment and retention of those eligible for Medicaid, CHIP, and insurance programs under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Begins Nuestras Voces: National Network to Reduce Tobacco-Related and Cancer Health Disparities to increase Hispanic community infrastructure and regional and national partnerships to decrease exposure to second hand smoke and tobacco use overall and increase cancer prevention strategies and management of disease for those with cancer. Convenes first Buena Salud® Americas meeting in Bogotá, Colombia in collaboration with PAHO bringing together community-based agencies and ministries of health throughout the Americas to profile and support community based efforts in chronic disease prevention, treatment, and management. Launches Healthy Americas Survey creating national poll on Hispanic community health status and opinions on health and human services issues of the day.
Establishes a partnership with the Mexican Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to inform Mexican nationals of the availability of the Seguro Popular through the Alliance’s Su Familia Helpline and GUGM events. This partnership also fosters collaboration between the Alliance and the 50 Ventanillas de Salud that operate in the Mexican Consulates to provide consumers with health information and referrals to healthcare services. The Alliance launches the Let’s Talk About Alzheimer’s initiative to reach Hispanic caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and to increase Hispanic awareness for early diagnosis using culturally and linguistically appropriate approaches to recognizing early signs of the disease. Joins the Know your Dose (KYD) campaign led by the Consumers Health Products Association (CHPA) to inform Hispanic patients and consumers about the safe use of medicines that contain acetaminophen. Introduces iPads for use at GUGM events to sign up Buena Salud® Club members onsite. Creates the Healthy Americas Institute in partnership with the University of Southern California to lead research and support innovative community based health and human services programs. The Buena Salud® Guide for a Healthy Heart selected by Library Journal as one of the best health books for 2011.
Releases The Buena Salud® Guide series of books published in English and Spanish to inform, support, and deliver the latest in health information and the kind of caring advice that readers can readily use in their daily life with real-life stories throughout (Diabetes, Heart Health, Depression). Starts The Buena Salud® Club to provide free reliable health information by text messages, emails, and postcards to members. With Easter Seals, begins the Department of Veteran Affairs’ National Caregiver Training Program (NCTP) initiative to provide educational services for caregivers of U.S. veterans in urban and rural Hispanic communities through classroom, self-study, and Web-based delivery. Launches the Nuestros Tesoros (Our Treasures) Leadership initiative between the Alliance and the Kresge Foundation, to support sustainability of critical human services organizations. Library Journal selects The Latina Guide to Health: Consejos and Caring Answers as one the best consumer health books for 2010.
Release of The Latina Guide to Health: Consejos and Caring Answers features cutting-edge information as well as consejos (conversational advice) throughout. “An excellent addition to Latino home libraries and public and consumer book libraries.” says Library Journal. First Lady and US Soccer Foundation announce partnership with the Alliance’s ¡Vive tu Vida! Get Up Get Moving! healthy lifestyle event series. Launches the Alliance’s revised website (hispanichealth.org). Alliance named one of the 50 Best NonProfits to Work For by the NonProfit Times for 2010.
Starts ¡Infórmate! Get Informed! HPV and Cervical Cancer program to promote prevention and awareness messages on the human papillomavirus and cervical cancer. Releases second edition of Caring for Your Heart and second edition of the bilingual prenatal guide "Prenatal Care: Helping You Have a Healthy Baby." Initiates Nuestros Tesoros (Our Treasures) to examine and frame development issues faced by Hispanic CBOs as part of economic crisis and identify opportunities for funding sustainability of CBOs. Launches consecutive programs ¡Manténgase Informado(a)! to support the diagnosis, treatment, and management of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and ¡Vive tu Vida! to understand and take action to treat and manage depression. Receives the “Best in America” certification from Independent Charities of America, a recognition given to fewer than 2,000 of the 1 million charities in America.
Launches the largest science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) Scholarship program in the life sciences for Hispanics, a $4 million effort. Publishes Hypertension: Control Is in Your Hands, a bilingual curriculum for health care providers and educators and What you Should Know about Hypertension booklet and video for consumers. Starts the five-year initiative Hablemos del cancer/Let’s Talk About Cancer community engagement program in four Hispanic communities. With the American College of Cardiology (ACC), establishes the National Hispanic Cardiologists Leadership Network, the first health professional network of Hispanic cardiologists and those that serve Hispanic communities. Appointed by senate majority leader to the board of the Mickey Leland National Urban Toxics Research Center (NUATRC). Began the Chagas Disease Education Initiative program to inform consumers on Chagas.
Launches ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up Get Moving! in 10 cities as an annual family health celebration to promote a healthier lifestyle emphasizing the importance of being active, supporting families, and building community. Develops programs on hypertension and cardiovascular disease with Hypertension Control Is in Your Hands community engagement program and ¡Para un corazón saludable! For a Healthy Heart, as part of its healthy lifestyle initiatives. Releases fourth edition of Delivering Preventative Health Care to Hispanics manual and companion workbook. Implements La Promesa: Medicare Diabetes and Other Preventive Care Benefits initiative in 10 Hispanic communities and develops consumer and health educator video and materials to support community education efforts and utilization of benefits. Appointed to the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV).
Continues work on the environment with The Health and Environment Action Network (HEAN), a unique nationally and locally-driven effort to secure the right to clean air and water for all people. Increases helpline reach with Cuidando con cariño (Compassionate Care) Helpline and materials to address end of life issues. Publishes "Living with Diabetes Self-Management Curriculum."
Launches Proyecto informar FDA Hispanic Outreach Initiative. This is a unique partnership with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lead FDA development of Hispanic community outreach materials and initiatives. Partners with CHADD and develops "What You Should Know About ADHD: A Guide for Parents." Works to improve education about eye diseases as part of the NIH National Hispanic Eye Education Project. Initiates research on Alzheimer’s services in key states. Continues work on cultural proficiency with the Proyecto Informar Capacity Building Initiative.
Helps found the Access to Benefits Coalition (ABC) and serves on the steering committee. Launches La promesa campaign providing information and sign-up assistance for new Medicare benefits to Hispanic beneficiaries in 25 communities. Successfully advocates for Medicare’s automatic enrollment of more than 200,000 low-income Hispanic beneficiaries in assistance representing more than $240 million in prescription benefits over two years. Releases "Genes, Culture, and Health" and with the American Hospital Association releases the Alliance’s cultural proficiency manual and workbook’s third edition, Delivering Health Care to Hispanics
Launches bilingual Su Familia: The National Hispanic Family Health Helpline (1-866-SU-FAMILIA) with more than 5,000 callers a month. Successfully advocates for FDA policy of Hispanic data collection under clinical trials and revised Department of Health and Human Services policy, guaranteeing meaningful access for limited English-proficient (LEP) persons to health services from providers that receive federal funds. Releases report "Improving SCHIP Access for Hispanic Children" and produces Rehearsal for Life: Youth Theater for HIV/AIDS Prevention Education and Juntos contra la diabetes program and videos. Publishes "What Hispanic Youth Know About HIV Testing". SALUD— A Latina’s Guide to Total Health is named in the list of Best Consumer Health Books 2002 by the Library Journal. Founding board member of Patient Safety Institute (PSI), a consumer-oriented utility for providing real-time health record data electronically at the point of clinical contact.
Publishes second edition of SALUD — A Latina’s Guide to Total Health in Spanish and English. Successfully defends federal LEP policy achieving Office of Management and Budget (OMB) finding of “significant benefits” to policy and Department of Justice commitment to policy implementation. Releases Vacunas para la familia kit that includes publications on infant, adolescent, and adult immunization. Publishes bilingual Theater Approach to Educating Hispanic Girls About Healthy Bones manual. Produces "¡Que no le dé vergüenza!/Don’t Be Embarrassed!" colorectal cancer video, brochures, and education kit. Publishes, "Healthy People 2010: Hispanic Concerns Go Unanswered," policy brief. Creates Healthy Americas Foundation.
Publishes A Primer for Cultural Proficiency manual and accompanying workbook. Establishes Proyecto Ciencia® (Project Science). Partners with National Multiple Sclerosis Society to launch Latino Outreach Project. Launches new version of web site, hispanichealth.org. Establishes Nuestros Tesoros (Our Treasures) initiative to support Hispanic health philanthropy. Publishes "Are We Ready? Emergency Preparedness" report taking the lead after the September 11th attacks to assess the level of Hispanic community readiness.
Changes name to the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. Awards first Nuestros Niños Community Service Award. Publishes Cuidando su corazón and Caring for Your Heart health guides in collaboration with the American Heart Association.