CMS OMH Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

During September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month and the unique health care disparities that impact this population.

As the largest minority population in the U.S., Hispanics comprise more than 18% of the total population in the U.S. In addition to being the largest minority population, Hispanics also have the highest uninsured rate of any racial or ethnic group in the U.S., with almost 19% of this population not covered by health insurance (compared to almost 6% of the non-Hispanic White population). Health disparities also differ among the various subgroups that comprise this population: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans are twice as likely to die from diabetes as Whites and smoking is higher among Puerto Rican males (26%) and Cuban males (22%) than overall rates among all Hispanic Americans (14%).

As we continue to combat COVID-19, CMS OMH is also taking time to emphasize the importance of vaccination for the Hispanic community. Despite increases in the share of COVID-19 vaccinations that are going to Hispanics, the percentage of Whites that have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose is still 1.1 times higher than Hispanics.

Throughout this month we will be highlighting these disparities and helping our partners with information and resources to help Hispanic communities improve their overall health. Below are resources that you can share during National Hispanic Heritage Month and beyond.