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Famous Hispanic Americans Who Made History

We Salute These Pioneers!

Cesar Chavez

Sonia Sotomayor

Roberto Clemente

Gabriela Mistral

Sylvia Mendez

Dolores Huerta

Carolina Herrera

Robert Salazar

Lin Manuel Miranda

Jennifer Lopez

Jovita Idar

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Richie Valens

Gwen Ifill

Emma Gonzalez

Guy Gabaldon

Linda Ronstadt

Ellen Ochoa

Josse Andres

Richard Cavazos

Sylvia Rivera

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Octaviano Larrazola

Rita Moreno

VR Space Shuttle

Ellen Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman in Space.  She logged nearly 1,000 hours in space over the course of four missions between 1999 and 2002.  She went on to become the first Hispanic head of the Johnson Space Center.   She has written a bilingual children's book 'We Are All Scientists'  and is an advocate for STEM education. 

Monthly Spotlight

Dr. Adelaida Rosario

Lieutenant - US Public Health Service

Dr. Adelaida Rosorio, PhD, a lieutenant in the US Public Health Service, grew up in Guam and Miami, learning the rich history and culture of her Chamorro and Cuban identities, and what inspired her to go into publc service with the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Dr. Rosario studies the connections between behaviors and social and cultural determinants and how these factors affect health dispaities for different minority communities.  She has worked with Hispanic and Pacific  Islander populations to study how these factors relate to early childhood development, mental health, risk behaviors, HIV/AIDS prevention, and substance abuse .  Dr Rosario has also explored the role of indigenous spiritual systmes and how they may complement traditional healthcare systems.    

Her research on recruitment and retention methods to reach underserved populations led to the development of a tracking protocol for recent undocumented Hispanic immigrants in a longitudinal study. Dr. Rosario is alos the co-chair of the Trans-NIH Special Populations Research Forum Special Interest Group, which brings together researchers from across NIH to study effective methods for increasing diversity in the biomedical workforce.  

Dr Rosario earned her Ph.D. in social welfare from Flrida International University in Miami, Florida in 2014, where she studied the psychosocial effects of an indigenous religion practiced by Latina women. th cancer. She earned her M.A. in Micronesian Studies from the University of Guam in Mangilao, where she examined how cultural preferences influenced gynecological healthcare. Dr . Rosario also holds a B.A. in psychology with a minor in religious studies from FIU.

We honor all veterans and those in the Armed Forces.  Did you know that soldiers of Spanish or Latin American descent have fought in every U.S. conflict since the Revolutionary War.  There have been over 60 Hispanic Medal of Honor winners.  Latinos are about 19% of the U.S. population and according to the Department of Defense statistics, make up 17% of active duty service members.  The Marine Corps has the highest percentage (23%) of Latino active duty members.  

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We love to eat!  Below, please find some of our favorite Latino owned food brands......Enjoy!!

Loisa

Named for the NYC Lower East Side barrio, one of the hearts of Puerto Rican Cuisine.  Spice blends made with quality ingredients. 

Muchacha Coffee

Muchacha translates into young woman, and this messaging is integrated into everything from the mission to the branding.  Dedicated to opening opportunities in the coffee industry for young women.  

Siete

Mexican American food company is a family effort.  Grain free tortillas, hot sauces, dairy free quest and more.  Yum!

Alumbra Cellars

Alumbra is big on sustainable farming practices and  is intentional about being good stewards of the environment.  Family farm converted to a vineyard. 

787 Coffee

Creative coffee offerings that reflect the region where the beans are sourced.  Order online.  Delicious cafe.

Brewjeria

Brewing company with over a decade of creating quality ales.  They work with non profit organizations dedicated to supporting organizations that address disparities in historically excluded communities.  

Hands Voting

Did you know.....

Hispanic consumers in the U.S. control a total of $1.5 trillion in buying power, up 212% this decade according to the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia.   There are 62.3 million Hispanics living in the USA, representing 19% of the U.S. population.  U.S. born and foreign-born Hispanics are not exactly the same although the same language is shared.  Like in any other culture that migrates to the United States and has children born in the USA, preferences evolve.According to the UCLA newsroom, Nationwide, Latinos cast 16.6 million votes in 2020, an increase of 30.9% over the 2016 presidential election. By comparison, turnout was 15.9% greater among voters of all races.

Hispanic Nobel Prize Laureates

In our busy life, we forget the many contributions Hispanics have made crossing all frontiers.

Nobel laureate in Chemistry

Professor Mario Molina

1995, Mexico

For his work in atmospheric chemistry.

Nobel laureate in Medicine

Dr. Severo Ochoa

1958, Spanish American

discovery of the mechanisms in the biological synthesis of ribonucleic acid. 

Cesar Milstein, 1984, Argentina

Nobel Peace Prize

Rigoberta Menchu, 1992

Guatemalen, Human Rights Activist

Oscar Arias Sanchez, 1987 

Costa Rican, President of Costa Rica

Garcia Robles, 1982

Mexican, Delegate -UN Assembly

Adopho Perez Esquivel, 1980

Argentina, Human Rights & Sculptor

Carlos de Saavadera Lamas, 1936

Argentina, Political Mediato

Juan Manuel Santos, 2016, Colombia

Nobel Laureate in Literature

Octavio Paz, 1990, Mexican

Camilo Jose Cela, 1989, Spain

Vicente Aleixandre, 1977, Spain

Pablo Neruda, 1971 Chilean

Miguel Angel Asturias, 1967, Guatemala

Juan Ramon Jimenez, 1956, Puerto Rican resident

Jacinto Benavente, 1922, Spanish

Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010, Peru/Spain

10 Hispanic Pioneers in Medicine, according to the AAMC

Carlos Juan Finlay, MD (1833-1915), Cuba. Solving the Yellow Fever Mystery

Jose Celso Barbosa, MD (1857-1921) Puerto Rico. Treated soldiers during Spanish American War.  Visionary.  1st Puerto Rican to graduate medical school on the mainland.  Articulated a need for employment based health insurance which was a radical idea at the time. 

Ildaura Murillo-Rohde, Phd RN (1920-2010) Panama. Nursing Pioneer

Helen Rodriguez Trias, MD NY/PR.  Fought sterilization abuse. 

Julio Frenk MD, (1953-) Germany/Mexico.  Worldwide Well-being.

Jane Delgado, PhD. (1953-) Empowering millions

Antonia Novello, MD (1944-) Puerto Rico, Fighting for the vulnerable

Nora Volkow, MD . Mexico. 1956-) Insights into addiction.

Serena Aunon-Chancellor, MD 91976-) 1st Hispanic physician to travel to space. 

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