6% is not enough.
Did you know that only 6% of physicians are Latino or Latina in the United States, despite the country being made up of 19% Latino? California has an even higher Latino population reaching 39% with further increases projected to 50% by the year 2050. There are significant health care barriers, inequalities, and poorer outcomes in the Latino/Hispanic population. Having Latinos better represented in medicine is necessary for our communities and for the future of medicine in the United States.
Help us create awareness of this crisis and the need for more Latino and Latina Doctors by helping us celebrate National Latino Physician Day (NLPD) across the country on October 1st!
Send this 2023 NLPD letter to your institution!
& Fact Sheet
Santa Clara County, California (Dr. Lee Anna Botkin, Dr. Judith Sanchez, Dr. Rachel Ruiz, Leilani Jones)
San Jose (Dr. Antonia Zazueta Charles)
Bell Gardens 9/11/2023 at 6pm (Dr. Mariela Garcia)
Jurupa Valley (Dr. Veronica Contreras)
Maywood, California (Dr. Mariela Garcia)
Pasadena, California (Dr. Connie Casillas)
Orange County, California (Dr. Jose Mayorga)
Irvine, California (Dr. Lourdes González Bahamonde)
Rockford, Illinois (Dr. Emma Olivera)
Chicago, Illinois (Dr. Emma Olivera)
Peoria, Illinois (Karina Favela)
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HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Design and wear a T-shirt! Create awareness by creating a T-shirt for your organization and local community. More information to come on our website for available T-shirts.
Share information about NLPD! Share this document with your friends or colleagues that are Latino/a/x physicians or surgeons, allies, and share this with your hospital/group.
Ask your organization to endorse NLPD. Ask your hospital, physician group or organization to join us by officially recognizing NLPD on October 1st. Organizations can endorse NLPD through a press release, donation, Grand Rounds dedicated to NLPD, sponsoring NLPD swag (shirts, etc.), and various other ways to promote the day. Let us know if your organization has officially endorsed NLPD and we will celebrate them by adding them to the official list.
Post on social media! Create awareness about the day! Post a selfie or photo of you and your friends/family! Post a video about why this date is important to you! Tag others that you think would be interested, please include us and we will also promote. Us the hashtags: #nationallatinophysicianday #nationallatinaphysicianday
Celebrate on October 1st! Celebrate by creating a local event/gathering, involve your local media outlets, create a news release about your event, involve marketing, and post on social media.