Greater Kansas City Hispanic Needs Assessment
Metropolitan Kansas City
Hispanic Needs Assessment
The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Needs Assessment Advisory Committee (GKC-HNA), commissioned by the Latino Civic Engagement Collaborative (LCEC), encompasses qualitative and quantitative investigations to analyze the conditions and needs of the Hispanic population currently living in the Kansas City regional area.
The GKC-HNA’s primary objective is to assess the economic, social, educational, health, and civic conditions and needs of the Hispanic population living in the metropolitan area.
About National Hispanic Heritage Month
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. It was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period from September 15 to October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988,
on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12,
falls within this 30- day period.