Hispanic Heritage Month 2012

An opportunity to learn, celebrate and inspire!   Una oportunidad para aprender, celebrar y inspirar!

In Region II, Hispanic Heritage Month 2012 offered opportunities to learn, to celebrate and to get inspired.

The New York Regional Office of the Administration for Children and Families, a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sponsored "Understanding Latino Culture," a two-day training for its staff and several other federal agencies, including the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

ACF’s Regional Administrator Joyce A. Thomas approached Elba Montalvo, founder and president of the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, to expand HHS' understanding about the diversity and vibrancy of the Hispanic community.

During the August and October sessions led by Montalvo, participants explored the need for services to Spanish-speaking families. In addition, a more in depth discussion of indicators of culturally competent programs for Latino families, including the many challenges faced by immigrant families, was on the agenda.

ACF staff hosted a tasty addition to the training – a pot-luck luncheon featuring culinary delights from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Hispanic Heritage Month activities culminated on Oct. 9 with a vibrant celebration of Latino culture featuring music, dance and fine art.

George A. Zeppenfeldt-Cestero, president of the National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Health and the Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives, addressed the assembled guests. 

Along with other members of a federal interagency committee, ACF staff members were an integral part of the team that planned the event.

This year’s activities were an informative and vivid celebration of the theme for Hispanic Heritage Month 2012:  Diversity United, Building America’s Future Today!