Message from the Chair / Founding Member
I am pleased and excited to serve as Chair of the National Hispanic Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative (NHLCC) for the next two years. Our Collaborative is a passionate, interdisciplinary group whose members are focused on promoting the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, in support of the Hispanic community, by reducing and eliminating health disparities that prevent people from living a full, optimal life.
Carlos Rodriguez, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC
Chair / Founding Member, National Hispanic Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative
The vision of the National Hispanic Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative is to promote the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, in support of the Hispanic community, by reducing and eliminating health disparities that prevent people from living a full, optimal life.
HSI Scholars Program
The Hispanic Serving Institutions Scholars Program invests in aspiring Hispanic researchers and health care professionals. Undergraduate students enrolled in biomedical and health sciences at HSIs participate in academic and career-enriching experiences for a full academic year. Scholars, with the support of the American Heart Association, and committed and impactful mentors, learn about health disparities in Hispanic communities, how cultural sensitivity can provide safe and reassuring clinical spaces, and how inclusivity is essential in science.
Heroes Saving Hearts Campaign
Despite improvement in CPR training, the survival rate for women experiencing cardiac arrest outside of a hospital has not improved significantly, especially for Hispanic women. The American Heart Association is determined to change that fact through a new initiative launching in August, the “Héroes Salvando Corazones/Heroes Saving Hearts” campaign. The campaign will inspire the Hispanic-Latino community to learn the two steps to Hands-Only CPR to help save lives.
Featured Journals and Research
- Status of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke in Hispanics/Latinos in the United States: A Science Advisory From the American Heart Association
- Call to Action: Structural Racism as a Fundamental Driver of Health Disparities: A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association
- Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2022 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association
- Social Determinants of Risk and Outcomes for Cardiovascular Disease: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association
Frequently Asked Questions
The National Hispanic-Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative’s purpose is to pursue and advance Hispanic-Latino cardiovascular health and Hispanic-Latino professional development for the American Heart Association volunteers and for its members. The existing Latinx Committee (Latinx Cardiology Committee) will sunset, and current members will be asked to consider appointment to the National Hispanic-Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative.
The National Hispanic-Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative will be integrated and embedded in the American Heart Association. The Group will provide an opportunity for more Hispanic-Latino professional representation, to empower the next generation of Hispanic-Latino health professionals, provide networking opportunities for its members, mentorship opportunities through AHA’s key health equity work, and become an advisory board for AHA Hispanic-Latino-focused awareness campaigns.
The overarching goal is for the Association to consult with the National Hispanic-Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative members to help complement AHA’s work in the Health Equity space.
The Group is mostly comprised of AHA volunteers who are health and medical professionals and self-identify as Hispanic or Latino, such as, cardiologists, surgeons, primary care physicians, researchers, academics, and leaders from prominent accredited societies. The Group is also composed of volunteers who are passionate about Hispanic-Latino health and AHA’s mission.
The Group will be organizationally positioned within the AHA Office of Health Equity and supported by the AHA Somos Corazón employee resource group (ERG).
At present, approximately 19% of the United States population self-identifies as Hispanic, and that percentage is projected to increase to 29% by the year 2050. As such, the health of the Hispanic population in the U.S. has received increased attention. Especially, as it relates to, the state of chronic diseases, and overall cardiovascular health among the Hispanic population. A scientific study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found that approximately 48% of Hispanic adult males, 20 years and older, had prediabetes. Approximately 15% of both Hispanic males and females had a physician diagnose them with diabetes. Based on the same study, approximately 50% of Hispanic adults, 20 years of age and older, had cardiovascular diseases.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges and the United States Office of Minority Health, there is a lack of diversity in health care practitioners today, research suggests that patients of color may experience uncomfortable interactions and communication barriers with their health care providers because of implicit and unconscious bias among physicians and other health care professionals. In fact, less than 7% of physicians are of Hispanic heritage, according to the same study. These barriers, in turn, can lower patients’ trust in the overall health care system and as a result, these patients may not complete prescribed treatments or follow-up on recommended care.
The American Heart Association believes there is an opportunity to engage the Hispanic-Latino segment of the cardiovascular community in research, education, clinical guidance, fellowship, and advocacy-related activities. One of those key pathways is to establish the National Hispanic-Latino Cardiovascular Collaborative.