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January 28, 2015
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State of Latinos in the Deep South: Challenges & Opportunities
State of Latinos in the Deep South: Challenges & Opportunities

New York, NY. January 27, 2015. Latinos/Hispanics continue to be one of the fastest growing population in Southern states, and the entire nation. The Southern region faces unique challenges and opportunities for Latinos in all areas that impact the overall state of Latino day-to-day life and health conditions.

Today, the Latinos in the Deep South Program of the Latino Commission on AIDS released a groundbreaking publication, The State of Latinos in the Deep South: Being Visible by Piercing the Stigma Veil. The Latino Commission’s Research and Evaluation Department, led by Miriam Y. Vega, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, along with her team, dedicated over two years on this community participatory research effort to make visible the powerful presence of Latinos in the South of the United States.

Latinos have been shaping a robust presence in every aspect of the southern region. They have been facing unique challenges as the United States recovers from the recent economic recession, day-to-day barriers in accessing healthcare, stigmatization and unique immigration challenges. This report documents how Latinos in the Deep South are firmly rooted, have grown and contributed to local communities, and have been adversely impacted by national and local policies. The publication highlights how healthcare is at times inaccessible and unavailable to Latinos. Additionally, it highlights the challenges of engaging Latinos in the Deep South, and how institutional stigma deeply marks Latinos.

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The State of Latinos in the Deep South: Being Visible by Piercing the Stigma Veil

The main goal of this publication is to highlight to academic institutions, local and state government representatives, media, Federal agencies, private foundations, the health industry, and civic and community leaders a fresh perspective on the urgency in finding strategic methods to engage this extremely important segment of the southern population. Latinos are part of all of our communities across the nation, and as such we need to connect in a meaningful way in order to better understand their needs and aspiration; as well as recognize their contributions.

“We hope to shape a better understanding of Latinos in the Deep South and the urgent need to develop comprehensive and diverse strategies to deal with the many health challenges they face, including HIV, access to health care and other chronic health conditions impacting this giant community,” stated Guillermo Chacon, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS and founder of the Hispanic Health Network.

“We want our research to open the floor for meaningful conversation and actions so that all institutions will recognize the urgent needs Latinos in the south face and the tremendous contributions they are making at all levels in shaping the economic and social dynamics in this region” commented, Miriam Vega, Ph.D., Vice President & Director of Research and Evaluation of the Latino Commission on AIDS. “This important report will enhance the Latinos in the Deep South Program at the Latino Commission on AIDS and will intensify our health advocacy, leadership development and community mobilization to empower our communities and partners.” stated Erik Valera, Program Director of Latino in the Deep South at the Latino Commission on AIDS.

Primary funding for this program is by the Ford Foundation. To access the full report visit:

The Latino Commission on AIDS (Commission) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1990 dedicated to meet the health challenges and addressing the impact of HIV/AIDS. The Commission is the leading organization coordinating National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day (May 15), National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (October 15), Latinos and the Deep South, and other prevention, research, capacity building, and advocacy programs across the United States and its territories. The Latino Commission is the founder of the Hispanic Health Network, dedicated to eliminate health disparities in our communities. For more information visit: or

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