Who We Reach
Hispanic Access Foundation serves Hispanic communities across the United States, independent of where they live. Our hotline services, traditional media, and electronic media are available to everyone—including native Spanish speakers, English-only speakers, recent arrivals to the U.S. or Hispanic families who have been here for generations. The people who benefit from our services include a broad spectrum of ages, countries of origin, and issues of concern. We serve all Hispanics independent of their language preference, immigration status, or socioeconomic level.
Our mission is to link people to the information and services that they need, ensuring respect and confidentiality at every step in the process. Different campaigns tend to generate responses from different demographic groups, and different areas of the country.
As the Hispanic population in the U.S. increases in size, it is also becoming more dispersed geographically. Historically, the Hispanic population has been heavily concentrated in certain areas of the West and Southwest, and some large metropolitan areas (e.g., Miami, New York City). As a result of changing immigration patterns, however, the highest growth in the Hispanic population has been in states and communities that have historically had relatively few Hispanics. These include many states in the Southeast, central plains, upper Midwest, mountain regions, and Pacific Northwest. Moreover, while most Hispanics have historically lived in large metropolitan areas, some of the largest growth has occurred in smaller urban and rural areas.
We concentrate many of our community-based outreach efforts in major Hispanic markets in addition to the “new-growth” Hispanic communities, where there are large numbers of recent immigrants who tend to be marginalized from the greater community. In these communities language and cultural differences are often significant barriers to receiving health and human services, and people need help in navigating the complex systems that are different from those in their countries of origin. The Spanish-language dominant population also experiences significant disparities with regard to health, education, economic standing and civic participation when compared with the general U.S. population.
According to a recent study, the unprecedented growth of Latino populations in the rural Midwest is having significant impact on health care systems, and creating new challenges in terms of education about U.S. health care and how to access public programs. Generally rural Latino populations have high rates of uninsurance, and face language and cultural barriers as they attempt to access health care and other services. HAF seeks to address these issues by 1) Helping service providers in these areas to better understand and effectively address the needs of the Hispanic community; 2) providing referrals to Hispanics to direct them to the appropriate providers, and helping them to understand and navigate the complex health and social service systems in the U.S.; 3) Strengthen the capacity of local faith-based groups to communicate critical information to their constituents, and 4) facilitating/coordinating grassroots outreach education initiatives with and through Hispanic-serving churches to help provide personalized guidance for individuals.
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