Working Together for a Golden Aging America: Looking Forward to the White House Conference on Aging

    As a founding member of the Diverse Elders Coalition, the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) was honored this year to be invited to be part of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.  The White House Conference on Aging takes place every ten years and is held to examine the status of older adults in the U.S. and whether they are able to access the services they need to live well through their golden years.  It is a critically important event for the nation’s elders because it sets the precedent for policy in the aging field for the next decade.

    This year, the White House Conference on Aging is particularly important for a number of.... Read More

                 

    Taking a Stand on Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

    This post originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

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    The effects of HIV on the Caribbean Diaspora and Caribbean-American communities in the U.S. are devastating. Just like other diverse communities, health disparities— including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and HIV/AIDS— as well as access to health care are prevalent in this population. Given that the U.S. Caribbean-American population is also underrepresented in national data and statistics as many are grouped under the African-American demographic, it is important to commemorate yearly events such as the National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NCAHAAD) to promote health education, engagement, and HIV testing among diverse communities.

    Every year on June 8, Caribbean-American leaders across the country sponsor.... Read More

                 

    The Time for the FAMILY Act is Now

    This post originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

    Every day, 11% of our workforce shows to up work hoping to not get sick. 

    These workers probably also hope their children, parents, and dependents don’t get sick as well. That is the daily reality of American workers who do not have access to paid sick or family leave.

    For many parents, having a job and having a family are mutually exclusive. If they need to take care of a family member or themselves, they could lose wages, face disciplinary action, or even worse, get fired. All Americans, including diverse Americans, want to have strong families— be there for their children and parents when they need.... Read More