September 28, 2015

dancer in a colorful dress
Photo: Steve Thurow, U.S. Air Force

Calling all Amigos y Amigas to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Join in the month-long celebration of activities hosted by Multnomah County Health Department, Bienestar de la Familia and Multnomah County Employees of Color (EOC).

All events are free and open to the public.

Hispanic Heritage Month Flyer (8.84 MB)

Documentary Series: Latino Americans

Wednesdays, Sept 23, 30, and Oct 14, 12-1 pm
Gladys McCoy Building, 426 SW Stark St, 10 Floor, Room 10A

Activities kick off with the showing of this three-part film documentary.   


Thursday, October 8, 10:30am -12:30 pm
Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne St, Boardroom

Panel presentation by participants in the Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) program. There will also be folkloric dancing and light refreshments.  

After-Hours Fiesta

Thursday, October 8, 4:30-7:30 pm
Cha Cha Cha Taqueria, 305 NW 21st Ave

Come join the fiesta! A new feature this year, featuring light appetizers and music by DJ CJ.

My Latino American Story

Thursday, October 15, 12-1pm
Lincoln Building, 421 SW Oak St, Pine Room

Multnomah County employees share their Hispanic/Latino heritage stories.

Featured Keynote: Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio

Friday October 16, 8:30-10:30 am
Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne St, Boardroom

Sisni is the director of health equity at Families USA, where she focuses on expanding and strengthening the organization’s ability to enhance and elevate health care advocacy and activism in communities of color across the nation.

About Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Week began in 1968 and was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period (September 15 -October 15). It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. All declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively.

Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the long and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America.