Established in 1973 by Dr. Marilyn Aguirre-Molina, Dr. Carlos Molina, and Dr. Ruth Zambrana, the Latino Caucus for Public Health continues to serve as an entry point and nexus for information sharing and mentorship in the field of public health. For four decades, the Latino Caucus has encouraged and has been a platform for the exchange of original and innovative research, interventions, and approaches to address key health issues in the United States and throughout the rest of the Americas. The Latino Caucus welcomes members that address the complex intersections of prevention and wellness, community resources, structural inequality, gender, geography and ethnicity and the impact of these intersections throughout the life course of the populations we serve.
Latino Caucus members have a strong commitment to understanding and eliminating health disparities, and have successfully championed avenues of social reforms to address these health issues in the Americas. Examples of the avenues where our membership trailblazers have had a large impact in the public health field are:
- Spearheading research to inform public policy decision-makers and providers to better offer healthcare services;
- Educating legislators on health disparity concerns leading to effective health legislative reforms at the local, state, federal, and global level;
- Collaborating on prevention and wellness projects through private and public partnerships for greater, positive impact on health; and,
- Serving on local, regional, national, and global boards to voice recommendations that can reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases prevalent in the Americas.
The Latino Caucus for Public Health has also worked closely with the American Public Health Association, through its sections and other caucuses, to explore varying health issues ranging from environmental hazards to the labor force and sweatshops that pose serious threats to maternal and child health, among others. Throughout the calendar year, the Latino Caucus participates in various joint efforts to ensure the representation of the organization’s objectives within the larger institution of the American Public Health Association, including conducting scientific sessions during the annual American Public Health Association meeting, engaging members and other stakeholders in policies and research that impact key health issues, and promoting programs.
The Latino Caucus is also committed to sharing and promoting opportunities with young Latino public health professionals and students. Members recognize our collective success can only be measured through our individual achievements as well as through the accomplishments of others. As such, mentorship and coaching of a new generation of public health professionals is an important component of its effort, including collaborating with accredited academic institutions to ensure student participation in the Latino Caucus.
We invite you to join the Latino Caucus for Public Health and become part of a continued history.