HARTFORD’S HISPANIC HEALTH COUNCIL GIVES CONGRESS AN EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH CARE
September 01 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sep 1, 2009
HARTFORD'S HISPANIC HEALTH COUNCIL GIVES CONGRESS AN EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH CARE REFORM, SAYS NCLR
Hartford, CT—As the health care reform debate is waged on Capitol Hill, community-based organizations have been working across the country to provide families with vital health care services. For more than a decade, NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, has advocated for all Americans to have access to the health care that they need to stay healthy. Hartford’s Hispanic Health Council (HHC) has answered the call to provide Connecticut’s Latino and other underserved families with culturally and linguistically competent health care services. NCLR and HHC will hold a press conference on Thursday, September 3 at 11:00 a.m. EDT at HHC headquarters to urge policymakers to support reform policies that would allow all American families and workers to benefit from high-quality, affordable health care.
While Latinos represent 11% of Connecticut’s total population, Hispanics account for 40% of the state’s uninsured, and they suffer disproportionately from dangerous illnesses. Latinas in Connecticut are more likely to have late or no prenatal care than any other racial or ethnic group, increasing the risk of low birth rates and infant mortality. As an NCLR Affiliate, HHC has served as a prototype for health care that works to ensure families’ well-being by responding to the health and social needs of Latinos and other communities. NCLR will release the second installment of its series, Profiles of Latino Health: Community Responses to Latino Health Needs, that features the Hispanic Health Council’s work in improving Hispanics’ maternal and child health in Connecticut. A tour of the facilities will follow the event.
WHO: Hispanic Health Council Jeannette B. DeJesús, President and CEO, Hispanic Health Council Representative from Office of Senator Chris Dodd (D–CT) Community Health Worker, Hispanic Health Council Kara D. Ryan, Research Analyst, Health Policy Project, NCLR
WHEN: Thursday, September 3, 11:00 a.m. EDT
WHERE: Hispanic Health Council
175 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06106
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To learn more about HHC, visit http://www.hispanichealth.com.
Issues: Health and Nutrition