Who We Are:
Much as Dr. Martin Luther King did during his lifetime, the Hispanic Federation works at all levels to empower low income children, youth and families to live healthier and more fulfilled lives.
• We have supported families and organizations by providing more than $30 million in grants and services to 100 Latino community-based health and human services agencies
• As an advocate, we support Hispanic civil rights by promoting healthcare reform, improved educational opportunities, the DREAM Act and a jobs-focused economic agenda
• HF closes the racial and ethnic equality healthcare gaps within Latino communities by promoting healthy lifestyles, screening for illnesses, registering people into free or low-cost health care and strengthening Community Health Centers
The Hispanic Federation’s leadership has been recognized by many, including the Kellogg Foundation’s “National Leadership in Action” award for innovative philanthropic work, by the Hispanic Business magazine as one of the “Top 25 Hispanic Nonprofit Organizations,” the John E. Dewey Education Award for “excellence in education advocacy,” and by the United Way of New York City, which stated that the Federation “now serves as a model for other communities in their efforts to build the capacity of their community-based organizations.”
What we do:
Latino families are disproportionately affected by diabetes, asthma, hypertension, HIV/AIDS, depression and obesity, and are underserved when it comes to health insurance. The Hispanic Federation counters these trends through:
• Educating Latinos on how to live healthier lives
• Creating “national action days” to highlight prevention and treatment • Increasing funding to health agencies
• Using advocacy platforms to address health disparities
Our five key initiatives:
• Facilitated Enrollment helps Latinos enroll into free or low-cost health plans such as Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid through collaborations with Community Health Centers.
• The Health Disparities Network brings together the leading New York State ethnic medical, psychiatric and nursing societies to develop proposals on access and delivery of medical and mental health services to communities of color.
• “¡Vive tu vida! Get up! Get Moving!” addresses rising diabetes and obesity rates by educating Latinos on health and active lifestyles and screening individuals on diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, depression.
• National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) and Latino HIV Testing Month (LHTM) encourages organizations in more than 250 cities across the U.S.to sponsor HIV prevention events in an effort to reduce new infections and provide care for Latinos living with the virus.
• Our women’s reproductive health project focuses on advancing the reproductive, sexual health and human rights of Latinas within New York State and nationally.
During the past 20 years HF has successfully addressed the inequities facing Latino communities and the nonprofits that serve them. It has awarded more than $30 million in grants and expanded from 15 New York City nonprofits to a federation of almost 100 Latino institutions in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania that serve 2 million low and moderate income Latinos.
Through its Washington, D.C. office, HF advocates for Latino causes with national organizations such as the League of United Latin American Citizens, Labor Council on Latin American Advancement, Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda.
The Hispanic Federation has many “firsts,” including conducting the first scientific poll focused solely on Hispanics by Hispanics in New York City; launching its First Annual Gala, the largest Latino fundraiser in the Northeast; starting up the first Latino $1 million dollar grant making program, providing over $1 million in support to families affected by 9/11, organizing the first National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) currently observed in 135 cities nationwide, opening its Washington DC office, launching the first Art Service Organization serving Washington Heights, acquiring its own “green” office condominium headquarters within a multi-tenant nonprofit center, and opening Las Americas, the only Latino non-profit conference center in the Northeast.
Looking to the future, with the U.S. Hispanic population growth showing no signs of abating, HF is undergoing a one-year Strategic Planning Initiative to explore organizational pathways which can propel its development for the next five to ten years.