PASOs Preconception Health Outreach and Education Strategy

Research indicated a great need for preconception health education in South Carolina.

  • Reproductive health disparities can be most effectively addressed before pregnancy occurs.
  • The newly immigrated Latino population has high fertility rates and low access to reproductive health information and services, resulting in significant disparities.

PASOs responded to the need by incorporating a preconception health outreach and education strategy into its program model, using best practices and community input.

Strategy Priorities

  • Folic Acid in preventing Neural Tube Defects (NTDs)
  • Reproductive anatomy
  • Methods of contraception
  • Family planning and pregnancy spacing
  • Access to health care services

Preconception Health Strategy Components
• Culturally Appropriate Messages
• Community Outreach
• Health Education Workshops
• Engaging Materials
• Community Health Workers (Promotores)
• Partnership with Greenwood Genetic Center for Folic Acid Promotion

For more information on PASOs Preconception Health Strategy, Julie Smithwick at


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