Founded in Los Angeles as the Coalition of Spanish Speaking Mental Health Organizations (COSSMHO).
Establishes national office in Washington, D.C.
Changes name to The National Coalition of Hispanic Mental Health and Human Services Organizations (COSSMHO).
Convenes first National Hispanic Conference on Health and Human Services.
Forms National Hispanic Committee to advise President's Commission on Mental Health.
Convenes National Hispanic Conference on Families, establishing families as a priority area that continues today.
Joint programs with Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Career development and leadership training activities for nearly 7,000 Hispanic youth in 15 cities.
Begins ongoing involvement in Healthy People Health Objectives for the Nation.
Coordinates the U.S.-Mexico Border Symposium on Mental Health, Alcohol, and Drug Abuse.
First national Hispanic voice on HIV/AIDS and launches program efforts.
Strengthening Families®, a training program that becomes national standard in field. Establishes Proyecto Esperanza (Project Hope), an initiative to prevent child abuse.
Delivering Preventive Health Care to Hispanics (First Edition), resulting in Proyecto Informar Training and Technical Assistance Network (PITTAN®), a network that has trained thousands of health care providers on cultural proficiency.
Forms Hispanic Health Research Consortium to coordinate university research. Changes name to National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organizations (COSSMHO).
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.
Launches environmental protection efforts in Hispanic communities. Begins work on Healthy People 2000.
Begins Hispanic Health Leadership Program, a joint effort with Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Publishes HIV/AIDS: The Impact on Hispanics data and policy brief. Starts first national HIV/AIDS Helpline.
Establishes CHATAN (Community HIV and AIDS Technical Assistance Network). Alliance supported research fills most of first mainstream health journal devoted to Hispanic health (American Journal of Public Health, 12/90). Publishes …And Access for All, the first national survey of Medicaid and services to Hispanic communities. Becomes a key architect of landmark The Disadvantaged Minority Health Improvement Act of 1990.
Hispanic Health Link, First IT online computer system for Hispanic community groups. Launches Proyecto HEAL (Health, Empowerment, and Access for Life). Purchases permanent national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Establishes National Hispanic Traffic Safety campaign.
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.
Initiates “Vacunas desde la cuna” immunization network. Establishes the bilingual National Indoor Air Quality Helpline (1-800-SALUD-12). Distributes over 4,500 child safety car seats. “Unidos por la salud” research and education collaborative with National Cancer Institute and five comprehensive cancer centers.
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. Establishes Preventing Breast and Cervical Cancers Among Hispanic Women program.
Launches “Nuestras Voces” National Hispanic Leadership Network for Tobacco Control supporting youth advocacy and leadership. Establishes National Hispanic Women's Health Initiative education and leadership effort.
Begins work on Healthy People 2010. Releases “Salud para todas”: Breast and Cervical Cancer Resource Kit in collaboration with the American Cancer Society.
HarperCollins publishes ¡SALUD! A Latina's Guide to Total Health –– Body, Mind, and Spirit in separate Spanish (HarperLibros) and English (HarperPerennial) editions. Establishes HIV/AIDS quick response initiative that trains hundreds of Hispanic health providers on clinical issues and protease inhibitors.
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Project. ¡Que no le de vergüenza! Colorectal Cancer kit is one of the most used prevention videos used nationwide by healthcare providers to promote prevention, early detection, screening and treatment of colorectal cancer.
Wins Cine Golden Eagle Award for Demuestra tu cariño: ¡vacuna a tu bebé! immunization video. Releases State of Hispanic Girls 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.
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. Works on Hispanic Girls and Osteoporosis and develops A Theatre Approach to Educating Girls About Healthy Bones guide.
Publishes A Primer for Cultural Proficiency 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 level of community readiness.
SALUD –– A Latina's Guide to Total Health in Spanish and English (2nd Edition). Successfully defends federal LEP policy achieving Office of Management and Budget (OMB) finding of “significant benefits” to policy and Department of Justice commitment to implementation of policy. Releases Vacunas para la familia Immunization Kit, as set of publications on infant, adolescent, and adult immunization. Publishes bilingual Theater Approach to Educating Hispanic Girls About Healthy Bones. 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.
Launches bilingual Su Familia: The National Hispanic Family Health Helpline (1-866-SU-FAMILIA) with over 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. SALUD –– A Latina's Guide to Total Health is named to list of “Best Consumer Health Books 2002” by the Library Journal. Founding board member, establishes the Patient Safety Institute (PSI) a consumer-oriented utility for providing real-time health record data electronically at the point of clinical contact.
Founding steering committee of Access to Benefits Coalition (ABC). 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 over 200,000 low-income Hispanic beneficiaries in assistance representing over $240 million in prescription benefits over two years. Releases landmark report Genes, Culture, and Health and with the American Hospital Association releases the third edition of the Alliance's cultural proficiency manual and workbook, Delivering Health Care to Hispanics.
Proyecto Informar™ FDA Hispanic Outreach Initiative is a unique umbrella agreement with the Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) to lead FDA development of Hispanic community outreach materials and initiatives. As part of the National Hispanic Eye Education Project works to improve education about diseases of the eye. Initiates research on Alzheimer's services in key states. Continues work on Cultural Proficiency with the Proyecto Informar™ Capacity Building Initiative.
Continues landmark work on the environment with The Health and Environment Action Network (HEAN) a unique nationally and locally driven effort with the goal of securing the right to clean air and water to 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 ¡Vive tu Vida! Get Up Get Moving!™ in ten US cities as an annual family health celebration to promote a healthier lifestyle emphasizing the importance of being active, supporting families, and building community. Develops landmark 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 Health Care to Hispanics and Companion Workbook.
Largest STEM Scholarship program in the life for Hispanics Merck Ciencia (Science) Scholars Program a $4 million effort to improve access to higher education and degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Hablemos del cancer, Let's Talk About Cancer Community Engagement Program. 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 US Senate as a board member of the Mickey Leland National Urban Toxics Research Center (NUATRC).
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. Receives award from Kresge Foundation for 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!
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.
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. Joins First Lady Michelle Obama in support of “Let’s Move” Campaign to fight childhood obesity and US Soccer Foundation to announce partnership with the US Soccer Foundation bringing together the Foundation’s Passback Tour soccer clinics with ¡Vive tu Vida!
Get Up Get Moving!™ healthy lifestyle event series to 25 Hispanic communities.