- Share OMH’s Hispanic/Latino Population Profile to spread awareness about the unique health concerns impacting Hispanic/Latino Americans.
- Visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s website to learn more about the heritage of this diverse community.
- Visit the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics website to learn how the federal government is advancing educational equity and economic opportunity for Hispanic/Latino students, families, and communities.
About National Hispanic Heritage Month
The observance we celebrate as Hispanic Heritage Month originally started in 1968, as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. In August 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the observance to cover 30 days starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.
The timing of Hispanic Heritage Month reflects the diversity within the U.S. Hispanic population. September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Additionally, many Latin and Spanish-speaking countries commemorate their indigenous people by celebrating Día de la Raza on October 12, which also falls within these 30 days.