The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) is the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and their caregivers. NHCOA has been a strong voice dedicated to promoting, educating, and advocating for research, policy, and practice in the areas of economic security, health, and housing for more than 30 years.
NHCOA’s Hispanic Aging Network (HAN) is a group of Latino and senior-serving community-based organizations and nonprofits across the nation. NHCOA works closely with HAN members to implement culturally, linguistically, and age-sensitive programs and conduct targeted research projects, as well as mobilize Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers around policy issues that affect their well-being.
NHCOA implements a diverse array of signature programs to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of Hispanic older adults, their families, and their caregivers across the country with a specialized focus on NHCOA’s main priorities, which include:
- Partnering and Communicating Together to Act Against AIDS (PACT): It is known that HIV/AIDS affects Hispanics and other diverse communities disproportionately, and Hispanic older adults and their caregivers are often overlooked or neglected in HIV awareness campaigns. NHCOA partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ASPIRA in their PACT initiative to focus on HIV/AIDS education and prevention efforts within the Hispanic community and directly target a seldom reached population—Latino seniors, families, and caregivers.
- Vacunémonos (Let’s Get Vaccinated): This is a culturally, linguistically, and age sensitive community-based intervention that aims to increase adult vaccination rates among Hispanics. The program is located in five states with large Hispanic and elderly populations who experience a high level of disparity in adult vaccinations.
- Salud y Bienestar (Health and Well-Being): NHCOA’s national flagship program educates and informs Hispanic older adults, their families, and their caregivers on how to prevent and/or manage diabetes and its complications.
- National Events: Starting in 2014, NHCOA has hosted a Capitol Hill briefing to launch the Status of Hispanic Older Adults, a data and testimonial-driven status report, in addition to an Advocacy Day during which members of the NHCOA Leaders Network conduct visits with members of Congress to advocate on behalf of the needs of Hispanic older adults across the country. These intergenerational leaders represent seniors, family members, caregivers, professionals, and community advocates from across the country.
- Regional Meetings: Every year, NHCOA travels to different regions of the country to take the pulse of the Hispanic older adult population. NHCOA presents the Status of Hispanic Older Adults, a data- and testimonial-driven status report with policy recommendations that captures the hardships and challenges arising from the lack of policies, programs, and strategies to address the aging and diversification of our U.S. population.