Partner Spotlight: PASOs

PASOs and Reach Out and Read Carolinas joined forces in 2014 with a pilot project at the Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center at Palmetto Health in Columbia, funded by United Way of the Midlands. Through expansion of the partnership with help from The Boeing Company, the collaborative project is also now impacting families in Greenville, Charleston and Beaufort / Jasper, South Carolina. PASOs (which means “steps” in Spanish) is a community-based organization that supports South Carolina’s growing Latino population.

The Program:

  • A PASOs Community Health Worker (CHW) meets with families when they visit their Reach Out and Read provider to emphasize the importance of the book as a tool for family bonding, relationships and routines.
  • Parents are supported with strategies to read with their children through anticipatory guidance in the waiting rooms.

Serving as a cultural bridge between the clinic and the family, CHWs direct families to additional resources positively impacting their young children’s health and well-being. Families benefit from the strengthened parent-provider and parent.

“In one year’s time, PASOs Community Health Workers in collaboration with Reach Out and Read Carolinas helped 476 children and their parents successfully achieve goals such as getting books from the library, activating a library card, and reading together from bilingual books. In addition, out of the trust that developed with these families, the team helped families gain access to medical services, attend parenting classes and improve food security for their households, among other things.”  

Julie Smithwick, PASOs Executive Director

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