PASOs Connections for Child Development
PASOs Community Health Workers (CHWs) screen children's development primarily at the family's home and other sites including clinics and libraries. Children that exhibit developmental needs are referred to appropriate resources, therapies, and specialty care. CHWs also further connect families to resources that address child development, hunger, medical needs, and other social determinants of health.
PASOs Health Connections
PASOs Community Health Workers (CHWs) work closely with all members within Latino households (men, women, and children) in a variety of settings such as clinics and community-based locations to connect them with health and community services. CHWs also help individuals to address social or environmental factors which could include connection to primary care, reproductive health needs, nutritional and social supports (Medicaid, SNAP, WIC, etc)
In addition to individual resource navigation, PASOs works to improve access to culturally appropriate resources by partnering with local agencies and coalitions. PASOs CHWs engage in outreach and leadership training to increase local capacity to address the community's needs and build on their strengths.
Why is it important?
- Latino children represent 13.5% of Horry County's child population ages 0-5
- Detecting a developmental delay early greatly increases the chance of effective intervention
- CHWs can improve the quality of care given to Latino patients/clients of a health system, clinic, or community organization.
- Clinical care only constitutes 20-25% of a person’s overall health. The remainder is related to social and environmental factors. This program aims to alleviate these other pressures.