Advocacy

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PASOs works with agencies, organizations and coalitions to make sure that they are serving Latino patients and clients effectively. As advocates for their communities, PASOs brings forward the perspective of Latino families and brings ideas for change to decision-makers. Through a process called “bridge building,” PASOs facilitates communication between the Latino communities of our state and resource providers so that services are delivered more effectively and in a culturally sensitive way.

2018 goals include:

  • Improving health and developmental outcomes for young Latino children in SC
  • Increasing the quality and access to prenatal and maternal health care
  • Promoting equitable, culturally competent and linguistically appropriate services in health care, social service, and government agencies through partnerships, information sharing, and trainings.
  • Supporting the growth of the Community Health Worker (CHW) profession in South Carolina
  • Obtaining approval from the South Carolina Community Health Worker Association for CHW certification
  • Supporting grassroots Latino community leaders to unite and have more involvement in decision-making throughout our state
  • Working to promote justice and equality for immigration populations, while supporting immigration reform.

Why is this important?

  • Non-English speakers, ethnic minorities, and low-income populations are proportionately affected by health inequities – differences in health outcomes among groups of people.
  • There are various barriers to accessing health care affecting the Latino community such as fear, discrimination, and level of English language proficiency.
  • PASOs addresses these issues through our culturally and linguistically appropriate evidence based programs.

What is the impact?

As of 2016:

  • 35 organizations worked with PASOs to make policy to improve care and services for Latino communities.
  • 4,400 individuals were connected to resources that help them thrive in South Carolina.

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