Health

We build policies and programs to ensure everyone’s right to be healthy regardless of their immigration status, where they live, learn, play or pray.

Health for all

The coronavirus pandemic has shown  how important it is for all people to have easy access to affordable and quality health care.

Hispanic Americans, who are disproportionately essential workers, have been on the front lines of this pandemic since it began, helping to keep the country moving. To achieve the pandemic recovery we all want to see, we must ensure that everyone is included in it.

To help end this pandemic, we need to get all those who are eligible immunized. This begins with making sure all in our country, including Latinos, have trusted and verified information about the COVID-19 vaccines, and that there are no barriers for vaccines to reach all who want them. That is how we can bring hope for all in the country.

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Facts

30%

The percentage of Latinos who are fully vaccinated as of July 30, 2021.

4 million

The number of Latinos who gained health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

10.8 million

The number of Hispanics who still lack health coverage.

Over 50%

The percentage of all Latino workers who don’t have access to paid sick leave at their jobs.

Our community and COVID-19

The urgent need for an equitable recovery

Though vaccines are now available, racial and ethnic disparities in wealth, housing, and health resulting from the virus remain. The nation’s pandemic recovery presents an opportunity to emerge from this crisis equitably.

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Explore health coverage options

Open Enrollment runs from November 1 to January 15, 2022.

Health insurance gives us peace of mind knowing that we’re covered when the unexpected happens. Whether you’re enrolling in an ACA Marketplace plan or Medicaid, don’t lose out on your chance to find a quality, affordable health plan that meets your health care needs.

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Our children's health

Sebastian's story

Learn how an UnidosUS Affiliate and Red Nose Day are helping this youngster be Healthy and Ready for the Future.

Sebastian’s Story: How our Affiliate and Red Nose Day are helping him be Healthy and Ready for the Future

COVID-19 Vaccines: Challenges, Lessons Learned and Best Practices

On June 24, UnidosUS hosted, “COVID-19 Vaccines: Challenges, Lessons Learned and Best Practices,” an expert-led webinar that explored innovative approaches and strategies for engaging communities in the country’s vaccination effort. The webinar featured representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two UnidosUS Affiliates—Esperanza Health Centers and Conexión Américas, and CVS Health (a leading provider of COVID-19 vaccines).

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In Depth

We partner with our Affiliates, funders and associations to develop programs that help Latinos live healthy lives no matter where they live, their economic circumstances, or their cultural background.

Comprando Rico y Sano

Led by community health workers (promotores de salud), our Comprando Rico y Sano program brings information about healthy shopping habits and enrolls eligible Latinos into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

We partner with community organizations to promote healthy eating, connect people to local resources to reduce hunger, and boost awareness of programs on nutrition and disease prevention in the Latino community. We also focus on building health care and wellness policies and programs that take culture and community-specific needs into account.

UnidosUS/AHA Alliance

It is critical that the leadership of hospitals and health systems reflect the growing diversity of their patients, staff, and our country. We are partners with the American Hospital Association (AHA) to improve the health of communities across the nation and increase diversity among health care executives.

This alliance:

  • Connects UnidosUS leaders with governance opportunities at AHA hospitals and health systems.
  • Addresses the social determinants of health by fostering programs and services that improve opportunities for Latinos.
  • Examines solutions around youth violence prevention and post-trauma support.

Healthy and Ready for the Future

All children deserve to have the basic building blocks they need to lead healthy lives, including access to health care. With support from the Red Nose Day Fund at Comic Relief, Inc., we are helping fight child poverty by keeping children safe, healthy, and educated.

Since 2016, over 60,000 Hispanic children have received essential health care services and more than 2.5 million Latinos have received information about the importance of medical and dental preventive health care.

All of Us Research Program

We participate in the All of Us Research Program, whose goal is to help researchers understand more about why people get sick or stay healthy. By understanding people’s health, neighborhood, family, and lifestyle, researchers will have information to better understand health and disease. This information is essential to create a healthier future for generations to come.

Learn more about our work in health and nutrition

Featured Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on Latino children’s health and learning. This fact sheet examines the specific impact on Latino children’s well-being and ability to learn and […]

October 28, 2020

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UnidosUS’s program–led by community health workers (promotores de salud)–seeks to reduce hunger and instill healthy shopping and eating habits among Latinos through nutrition education and enrollment assistance in the Supplemental […]

February 21, 2020

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In response to the Senate Finance Committee’s Request for Information, UnidosUS provided recommendations on how to improve access to behavioral health services for Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and ACA Marketplace beneficiaries.

November 18, 2021

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