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National Latina Health Organization Records, 1986-2003
11 boxes (10.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 686

Abstract:
Latinas; Youth advocate; Women's health advocacy organization. The National Latina Health Organization Records include health education and workshop curricula, office files, surveys, conference materials, and newsletters. The NLHO's programming for Latina health issues and their teen programs are well documented. There are also some records of the Board of Directors and a few financial records.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • Researchers must sign an Access Agreement Form before using this collection, agreeing to protect the confidentiality of living persons.
  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials in this collection produced by the NLHO is owned by the SSC. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection. Copyright to materials authored by persons other than the NLHO may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

Inspired by the health activism of African American women, especially the 1983 Spelman conference, Luz Alvarez Martinez co-founded the National Latina Health Organization (NLHO) in 1986, the first national organization by and for Latinas working on health issues and using the Self-Help framework pioneered by the National Black Women's Health Project. Based in San Francisco, the organization was especially committed to providing young Latinas safe spaces in which to discuss health concerns and also ran workshops for teenagers on building self-esteem. In 1997 the NLHO became a charter member of a new organization, the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective. In 2005, Martinez retired from the National Latina Health Organization and the organization shut down soon thereafter.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The National Latina Health Organization Records include health education and workshop curricula, office files, surveys, conference materials, and newsletters. The NLHO's programming for Latina health issues and their teen programs are well documented. There are also some records of the Board of Directors and a few financial records.

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Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • Researchers must sign an Access Agreement Form before using this collection, agreeing to protect the confidentiality of living persons.
  • This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials in this collection produced by the NLHO is owned by the SSC. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection. Copyright to materials authored by persons other than the NLHO may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

National Latina Health Organization Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The National Latina Health Organization Records were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Luz Alvarez Martinez in 2011.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Kathleen Banks Nutter, December 2011


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
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Language
English Spanish


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Subjects
  • AIDS (Disease) -- Study and teaching
  • AIDS (Disease) in women -- Prevention
  • Health care reform -- History -- Sources
  • Health education of women
  • Hispanic American women -- Health and hygiene
  • Hispanic American women -- Sexual behavior
  • Latina women -- Health and hygiene -- United States
  • Martinez, Luz Alvarez
  • National Latina Health Organization
  • Reproductive health -- United States
  • SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective
  • Teenage girls -- Health and hygiene -- United States
  • Teenage girls -- Services for -- United States
  • Teenage pregnancy -- United States -- History
  • Women's health services -- United States --History -- Sources
  • Youth -- Services for -- United States -- History

Contributors
  • Martinez, Luz Alvarez


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