New York, NY September 9, 2020—The National Hispanic/Latinx Health Leadership Network is proud to share the first ever community driven federal health policy agenda. The health policy agenda was finalized through a community participatory process in 2020, after close to two years of arduous work from over 200 organizations and approximately 400 community leaders, advocates, researchers, elected and appointed officials and health officials from throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
The health policy agenda developed outlines for federal recommendations focused on eleven national issues impacting Hispanic/Latinx communities: Prevention, Research and Data, Access to Care, Migration/Immigration, Puerto Rico, Stigma, Substance Use, Mental Health, Plan to End HIV in America by 2030, the challenges in the South of the United States and Leadership. The agenda sets in motion the development of action steps to impact Hispanic/Latinx health at the federal level, the local level and mobilize communities. Thus, breaking the invisibility of the health challenges faced by our diverse communities.
“The health policy agenda aims to break the invisibility, address social stigma and craft a vision on developing our health policy agenda and the necessary action steps to outline a path towards improving the wellness of our diverse communities.”— stated Guillermo Chacon, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS and founder of the Hispanic Health Network. “The Federal health policy agenda serves as a living document that will motivate our communities to establish local agenda setting initiatives based on their needs.”