New York, NY. October 14, 2015— Latinos/Hispanics continue to be the fastest growing minority population in the United States and are seriously impacted by HIV & AIDS.
Today, the Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA) released The State of HIV & AIDS among Hispanics/Latinos in the United States and Puerto Rico. LCOA’s Research and Evaluation Department, led by David Garcia EdD, MPH, Principal Investigator, along with his team, developed this important brief, underscoring the most recent epidemiological data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The brief also highlights the unique challenges in addressing the impact of HIV & AIDS among Latinos/Hispanics, including the role of institutional stigma and barriers to engaging community members. The brief provides academic institutions, media, local, state and federal government representatives and agencies, private foundations, the healthcare industry, and civic and community leaders with a fresh perspective on the urgency of developing diverse and strategic investments and efforts to engage Latinos/Hispanics.
“We hope to contribute to a better understanding of the complex challenges we face as community members, and the urgent need to develop comprehensive and culturally-responsive strategies to address HIV, access to quality healthcare, and other health conditions disproportionately impacting our community,” stated Guillermo Chacón, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS and founder of the Hispanic Health Network.
“We want our research initiatives to motivate meaningful dialogues, reflections, and actions so that all institutions recognize and better understand the unique realities and urgent needs of Latinos/Hispanics when we talk about HIV and other health conditions,” commented Dr. David Garcia, Director of Capacity Building, Research, and Evaluation of the Latino Commission on AIDS.
“This brief intensifies LCOA’s health advocacy, leadership development, and community mobilization efforts to educate and empower our community members and partners across the nation and Puerto Rico to improve health outcomes,” stated Gabriela Betancourt, MA, MPH, Deputy Director of Research and Evaluation of the Latino Commission on AIDS.
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ABOUT THE LATINO COMMISSION ON AIDS
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: www.latinoaids.org or www.nlaad.org.