Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of the U.S. Latinx and Hispanic communities. The event, which spans from September 15 to October 15, commemorates how those communities have influenced and contributed to American society along the way in U.S. History.
The term Hispanic or Latino or the more recent term Latinx, refers to a person’s culture or origin regardless of race. On the 2020 Census form, people were counted as Hispanic or Latino or Spanish if they could identify as having Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano (Born in the U.S. but Mexican background), Puerto Rican, Cuban, or “another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.”
This year, our partners at Casa ALBA Melanie and Xpresat Radio joined forces to commemorate this significant month for our Hispanic community in Brown County with an event focusing on health. This year's celebration was the start of what will be an annual event called "Primero Tu Salud" or "Your Health First." The goal is to create the connection between the Hispanic community and the rest of the population that makes up Brown County. The event is open to everyone in the community with the purpose of creating a space where everyone feels welcomed regardless of race or background.
The event featured local organizations and businesses in Brown County that offered their services and created a connection with the Hispanic community. This year’s list of participants included Wello, Schreiber Foods, FoodWIse from UW Extension, Wisconsin Insurance, Family Services, YWCA, Green Bay Metro Fire Department, JBS, Literacy Green Bay, Oral Health Partnership, Wisconsin Insurance, MiWisconsinNews, and Voces de La Frontera. Casa ALBA and Xpresat Radio would like to see this list grow yearly. We hope you were able to attend this year, but if you were unable, we hope to see you there next year. Let’s celebrate this significant event together as a community, because well-being starts with we.