Our mission is to improve the quality of life of Latinos living in Montgomery County by contributing to the development and implementation of an integrated, coordinated, culturally and linguistically competent health wellness system that supports, values, and respects Latino families and communities.
LHI promotes a comprehensive and holistic approach to health and wellness by working with stakeholders throughout the County to:
- Enhance coordination of existing health programs and services targeting Latinos
- Develop models of programs and services for Latinos
- Provide technical assistance to programs and services serving Latinos
- Advocate for policies and practices that effectively reach Montgomery County’s Latino Communities
Since our founding in 2000, LHI has been addressing the health, language, economic and professional disparities impacting Latinos by developing innovative program interventions responding to their needs. Over the past 20 years, LHI has played a key role in developing solutions to problems that impact the health and wellness of Montgomery County residents.
Significant Moments in the History
- Latino Health Initiative (LHI) is officially launched
- 1st study on the health needs of Latinos in the county
- La Clínica, video on early colon cancer detection, is released
- Conference on Healthcare Policies and Practices
- Data Working Group is organized
- 1st Blueprint for Latino Health is published
- Latino Youth Wellness, Healthcare Navigation, and interpreter programs are launched
- Health Professionals Working Group is organized
- LHI leads Pedestrian Safety Campaign
- Health Promoter Program is adopted and expanded
- Report on study of need for licensure of foreign-trained nurses
- Community forum coordinated with members of the County Council
- Montgomery Best Honor Award program
- NACO Achievement Award for cancer prevention program
- First Ama tu Vida health fair
- Asthma Management and Smoking Cessation programs begin
- Article on physical activity of Latina girls is published
- Pilot program for nurses begins
- First cancer survey in Montgomery County
- Guide for service providers on "How to Deal with Latino Data"
- Second Blueprint for Latino Health is published
- NACO Award tor Pilot Program of Foreign-Trained Nurses
- Maryland's first workshop on Latino Health
- Publication of second community version of the Blueprint
- Lauching of the Welcome Back Center of Suburban Maryland
- Pluribus Unum Award for performance of Welcome Back Center
- Community meeting with Healthy Montgomery to gather information on the needs of Latinos
- "Encuentro de Lideres: Planeando el Futuro" workshop
- Internationally-Trained Behavioral Health Professionals Program is launched
- Technical assistance provided to MD Health Department on improving healthcare delivery to Latinos
- Support for establishment of Leadership Institute for Equity and Elimination of Disparities
- Workshop on Latino Health at the National Immigrant Integration Conference
- Community forums on how to sign up for "Obamacare"
- Participation in White House experts meeting on the integration of immigrants
- Family Reunification pilot program begins
- Development of support curriculum on Latino access to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
- Welcome Back Center co-sponsors forum at Capitol to gain legislative support to foreign-trained health professionals
- Publication of third edition of the Blueprint
- Publication of third community version of the Blueprint
- Strengthening infrastructure. Creation of four permanent positions.
The Latino Health Initiative is comprised of dedicated Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services staff, expert volunteer professionals that make up our Latino Health Steering Committee, and our passionate cohort of volunteer Community Health Workers. Together this dynamic group works throughout the county to improve the health and wellbeing of Latinos by enhancing coordination of health programs and services, developing innovative program models and services, and advocating for policies and practices that enhance the quality of life for all County residents.
Our Blueprint for Latino Health in Montgomery County, Maryland 2017 – 2026 identifies critical priorities, goals and recommendations for improving Latinos health and wellness outcomes in the county. The Blueprint – including our Community Version – is an essential resource for the development of policies, programs, and initiatives that address the health and medical care issues of Latinos in the county.
We invite you to review our accomplishments in greater detail in this Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report, and we hope you will be inspired to join our efforts to advance bold Countywide strategies that promote personal, structural, and systemic change in social justice and racial equity where all people are empowered to fulfill their human potential.