To improve the health and social well-being of Latinos and other diverse communities.
To be recognized state and nationwide for its evidence-based approach to addressing the social determinants of health disparities that affect diverse communities, especially Latinos.
- Relationship of trust and respect with community
- Integration of four core strategies
- Culturally competent approach
- Empowerment, dignity, respect, confianza
- Development and use of best practice models
- Multi-disciplinary approaches
- Regular evaluation of all initiatives
- Strong partnerships
- Social justice perspective
- Standard of excellence
- Social Support
- Service to all underserved populations regardless of
culture, race, ethnicity, legal status, sexual orientation,
and other dimensions of diversity
WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO
HISPANIC HEALTH COUNCIL
Hispanic Health Council’s history begins before its founding in 1978 and after an unfortunate death of a Puerto Rican girl. In the winter of 1973, an eight-month old infant died in the back of a police car due to dehydration. Her mother (Spanish-speaking only) could not understand the medical instructions given to her during the several attempts seeking health care for her sick baby. This death compelled a small, energetic group of health researchers, healthcare providers and community activists to establish an organization focused on improving Latino health and access to health care, as a result the Puerto Rican Health Committee was formed, mandated to address the cultural and linguistic barriers between the community and the health care system.
Over the next 20 years, the work of HHC evolved, guided by research and issues of the times. The identification of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s, for example, led to research and services that made the council a leader in HIV and AIDS knowledge and a pioneer in the concept of needle exchange. During 1999, the HHC established the only Spanish-Language cancer support group in the region, a model that has evolved over the years.
The Hispanic Health Council merged in July 2013 with Mi Casa Family Services and Educational Center of Hartford and Hispanos Unidos of Meriden and New Haven, two community-based organizations serving Connecticut’s Latino population. With the merger, the HHC expands critical youth-targeted programming and HIV prevention and support services.
The Hispanic Health Council has significantly grown to become one of the largest Latino community-based organization, employing over 85 staff with offices in Hartford, Meriden and New Haven. For 35 years, HHC has earned the trust and confidence “confianza” of the community and has worked to empower the community and strengthen their voices to impact policy at various levels in a variety of ways.
OUR SCOPE OF WORK
- Nutrition Education
- Food Security
- Breastfeeding Education and Support
- Cancer Early Detection and Longevity Support
- Parenting Support
- Prenatal Case Management
- Youth Development
- Mental Health
- Substance Abuse Case Management
- Cross Cultural Competence Training