Featured Cultural Observance: National Hispanic Heritage Month  

September 15 to October 15 – National Hispanic Heritage Month: This month celebrates the contributions that Latino and Hispanic Americans have made to the United States. It is a time to reflect on the importance of Hispanic culture. It’s also a time to celebrate and grow together while supporting our Hispanic friends and colleagues. Hispanic Heritage Week began in 1968 in the United States, when President Lyndon Johnson signed Hispanic Heritage Week into law. Then, in 1988, the celebration expanded into a month when President Ronald Reagan signed National Hispanic Heritage Month into law.

The date September 15th holds significance and was chosen to begin Hispanic Heritage Month, as it marks the anniversary of the Cry of Dolores (September 1810), signaling the start of the Mexican War of Independence. This war resulted in independence for the New Spain Colony (now Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua). Mexico, Chile, and most Central American countries commemorate their independence from Spain on September 15th, September 16th, and September 18th, respectively. Since 1989, all presidents have given a Presidential Proclamation to mark Hispanic Heritage Month.  

Other Important Observances

  • National Recovery Month: This awareness month seeks to educate Americans on treatment and health services for individuals with substance use disorder.   

Featured System Resource Groups:


UNIDOS is the Latino/Hispanic System Resource Group. Teammates and allies, with a connection, an affinity or an interest in making a positive difference in the work lives of Latino teammates and the community we serve.  

Our Mission: Enhance the level of awareness within Atrium Health concerning teammates and patient of Latino/Hispanic background. To provide development and networking opportunities for members of our resource group. Enhance the perception of the quality and quantity of services available to the community by sharing useful information regarding our services and exchanging ideas with the Latin Community. 

Our Objectives: 

  • Support recruitment and retention efforts of teammates and potential candidates with affinity and/or affiliation with the group 
    Provide input to the system as the voice of the Latino population in our community  
  • Support the professional development and networking opportunities of members of the group across the organization and the community we serve  
  • For more information and to become part of this System Resource Group join their Yammer group or send an email.

Our Leadership  

Co-Leaders: Beatriz Rodriguez and Magbis Nunez Love  

Development: Lilliam Nunez-Rodriguez –Chair; Magbis Love, Paloma Logan 

Service: Tagny Diaz Solis –Chair; Joshua Vazquez, Rosa Gonzales, Maria Acero 

Communications & Marketing: Elizabeth Ordonez -Chair; Maria Shannon and Bea Rodriguez 

Hispanic/Lantinx Affinity Group

The Hispanic/Latinx Affinity Group’s purpose is to increase awareness about issues and ideas that are specific to the Hispanic/Latinx community at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. Anyone who wants to learn more about the dynamic cultures that represent a variety of Hispanic and Latin American countries, cultures and traditions is welcome to engage in this affinity group. 

Our purpose will be achieved focusing on the following goals 

  • Strengthen communication and enhance networking opportunities among Hispanic/Latinx Staff and Faculty across departments 
  • Develop strategies to increase recruitment, retention, and progression of Hispanic/Latinx staff and faculty at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist 
  • Become advocates for our community and partner with Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist administration on issues regarding Hispanic/Latinx health care 

Our Leadership 

  • Executive sponsor: Dr. Andrea Fernandez 
  • Group Chairs: Mariana Pardy & Elimarie Caballero 
  • Communication Chair: Aura Rosado 
  • External Committee: Grisel Trejo & Oscar Martinez 
  • Internal Committee: Keren Ferris 
  • Previous leaders: Giselle Melendez & Carla Strom 

For more information, please contact us at  

Upcoming Events

 Check back for enterprise events taking place in September! 

Featured Advocate Health Teammate Calendar:

Preventive Care

Preventive screenings can help you know your numbers and make changes to your habits to improve your health. Connect with your primary care physician (PCP) annually to manage your overall health. Learn more about preventive care on the Teammate Calendar.







Important Dates

September 11 – Coptic New Year: A feast day (also called Nayrouz) that commemorates martyrs and confessors in Coptic Orthodox Christianity.    September 15 to September 17 – Rosh Hashanah: This holiday is the Jewish New Year when Jews reflect on their faith   September 20 – HeForShe: This movement was started by the UN with the goal of promoting gender equality   

September 21 to September 29 – Mabon: Pagan and Wiccan religions use this day to mark the autumnal equinox.   

September 21 – International Day of Peace   

September 24 to September 25 – Yom Kippur: This is the holiest day of the year in the Jewish faith. The central themes of Yom Kippur are atonement and repentance.   

September 29 to October 14 – Pitru Paksha: A period when members of the Hindu faith pay homage to their ancestors.  

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Last Updated on 05/20/2024