September 15 – October 15 has been designated as National Hispanic Heritage Month. The month celebrates and recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to our society and culture, including public health.
Latinx public health colleagues have been at the forefront of protecting and preventing illness and disease in our communities since the 1800s. Notably, Juan Carlos Finlay, MD identified mosquitos as vector for yellow fever in 1881. Breakthroughs and advancements continue to forward the health and safety of our community. Hispanic members play pivotal roles in research, policy, and advocacy for health issues that impact Latinos throughout the Americas.