To bring all Latino/as together that work on addressing social determinants of health to drive community change for health equity in Latino/a communities.
To ensure Latinos have accurate, readily available, and transparent health information and equitable access to health resources, and services to address social determinants of health. In addition, we want to make sure our story is heard and that we have the tools to overcome digital exclusion, a new social determinant of health, to remain aware and engaged. Our virtual town halls are where we celebrate our victories and envision ways to address the root causes of health inequities that led to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in our Latinx communities.
Latino/as are the largest minority group in the USA. They contribute to the economy, cultural diversity, and health of the nation. Assessing their health status and health needs is key to inform health policy formulation and program implementation. Understanding the health of Latino/a communities in the United States is a complex task. Doing this well requires moving beyond broad generalizations and recognizing that the Latinx community is not monolithic but, in fact, extremely diverse. Comprising over 62 million people with a wide range of social, colonial, and political histories with lived experiences in the United States. Although we defy any attempt at easy categorization, we are able to unite when needed.
LCAC19 is a national community-led collaborative movement to build health equity in Latino/a communities. We join together with other organizations, task forces, and alliances to build community capacity, and amplify local voices to a national level. LCAC19 is led by a passionate team of physicians, social workers, politicians, promotores, nurses, mental health therapists, and leaders of community-based organizations.
In response to the disproportionate impact the pandemic had on Latino/a communities, we formed the Latino Coalition Against COVID-19.a national community-led, non-partisan, collaborative movement to build health equity in Latinx communities. We unite to transform our communities’ social and economic conditions by connecting with other organizations, task forces, and alliances to build community capacity, combat misinformation, and amplify local voices to a national level. By forming meaningful partnerships facilitated by active collaboration and shared decision-making, our collective efforts can change public policy, reallocate funding to those who need it most, and improve the health and well-being of Latinx communities across the country.
No single individual, organization, community, or sector has sole ownership, accountability, or capacity to sustain the health and well-being of an entire population. Cross-departmental coordination of innovative federal programs to address social determinants of health is a step on the path to health equity. We invite everyone from concerned individuals and their families to leaders of organizations to help change the narrative and reconfigure the American landscape into one that is anti-racist and values social justice and health equity for all.