Our use of Community Health Workers allowed us to gather information from hard to reach segments of the population that may go unnoticed by standard information gathering methods, such as the U.S. Census.
Community involvement in identifying key issues also ensures that information collected is relevant to community needs and can support future programs which can benefit all residents.
Who We Served
The Starr County Health Network served all residents of Starr County. This population was truly unique. 98.5% of residents identified as Hispanic and 95.6% spoke a language other than English in the home. Only 45.3% had a high school education or higher, and 40.1% fell below the federal poverty line. The full county is designated as a Medically Underserved Area and a Health Professional Shortage Area, speaking to the lack of available healthcare services.
Where We Served
Promotores(as) and partner staff worked across Starr County, including Rio Grande City and Roma, as well as the populations living in nearby colonias.