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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with us

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, 2022. The designation is a tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have enriched and influenced society.

In recognition of the contributions of Hispanic Americans in the Kansas City-area, Swope Health sponsors three free, online lunchtime events:

In support of Swope Health’s role as the voice of community health in Kansas City, Swope Health also addresses and advocates for solutions to the common health disparities facing Hispanic populations.

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health, Hispanic populations suffer from lower rates of health insurance coverage compared to their non-Hispanic counterparts, with nearly 30% of Hispanic adults aged 18 to 64 uninsured.

CMS also notes:

  • Like other minority groups, Hispanic populations are disproportionately affected by chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
  • Hispanic subpopulations also face their own distinct health disparities including higher rates of smoking among Puerto Rican and Cuban male populations, as well as higher rates of chronic liver disease and cirrhosis among Mexican populations.
  • Additionally, among Hispanic pregnant individuals, the maternal mortality rate increased significantly from 2019 to 2020, largely due to COVID-19-related health disparities.

CMS provides materials in Spanish, data, resources on language access, culturally and linguistically appropriate services and more in this resource list:






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