Cada Paso del Camino
Community Health Workers connect colonias residents to cancer diagnostic services through a partner clinic.
According to the American Cancer Society, Hispanics are more likely to die from cancer than are non-Hispanic whites. The disparity is especially prevalent in some of our most underserved communities, where access to health care is limited and preventive screenings are rare.
The Cada Paso del Camino (“Each Step of the Way”) program utilizes Community Health Workers as a bridge from the Rio Grande Valley’s predominantly Latino and Hispanic neighborhoods – called colonias – to clinical services through our partner health center Nuestra Clinica Del Valle, which provides cancer screening, diagnostic, and treatment services to program participants. If an initial screening is abnormal, that individual is offered affordable diagnostic tests, and if needed, affordable treatment as well.
Our Community Health Workers provide outreach, one-on-one education, referrals, and follow-up appointments, in order build a stronger network of social services to program participants. The unique collaboration between MHP Salud and the health center Nuestra Clinica Del Valle is a landmark initiative to provide comprehensive preventive, diagnostic and treatment services to the underserved and often uninsured residents living in rural Texas colonias.
Cada Paso del Camino began in June 2015, and will conclude in May 2018. It is made possible by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
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