Each year, September 15 to October 15th marks National Hispanic Heritage Month, time set aside to celebrate the histories, cultures, contributions and achievements within the Hispanic and Latinx communities. First introduced as National Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, Congress expanded it in 1989.

As part of this year’s celebration, PHMC is recognizing the Congreso Health Center staff.

Each year, the Feria del Barrio, one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino arts and crafts, recognizes one unsung hero in the community for their work but 2020 will see four individuals and one organization honored. At this year’s virtual Feria del Barrio event, Congreso Health Center received the organizational 2020 Unsung Hero Award in appreciation for its commitment to the health and wellness of the surrounding community amid the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Here is the clip from the employees of the Congreso Health Center.

Through PHMC’s partnership with Congreso de Latinos Unidos, the Congreso Health Center provides primary health care, health promotion and wellness services to approximately nearly 4,000 patients annually, of which 80 percent identify as Latinx and speak Spanish as their primary language. Thanks to a bilingual and bicultural team of nurse practitioners, case managers, nutrition educators and other experts this health center is able to meet the needs of such a diverse community.

Be sure to follow PHMC on social media as we'll be highlighting Latinx folks from all walks of life dedicated to one common cause: lifting up our community.