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COSSMHO Trains Community Leaders

Marsha F. Goldsmith
JAMA. 1991;265(2):181. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460020031007.
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IF THIS ISSUE of The Journal inspires an interest in becoming involved in health care for Hispanic Americans, one place to acquire information may be the national Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organizations (COSSMHO). The group's president is Jane L. Delgado, PhD.

According to Helen Muñoz, MSW, director of national programs, this private, nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, is the only national group that seeks to improve the health and psychosocial well-being of all Hispanics "across the board." It does so through national demonstration programs, policy and research, information dissemination, and participation on various boards and committees.

For example, COSSMHO is behind a number of projects aimed at combating the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) among Hispanics. They include AIDS Education for Out-of-School Hispanic Youths, AIDS Information for Hispanic Parents, Hispanic Women and AIDS, and the Southwest Border AIDS Coalition. The group has worked since its founding in


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