Developmental Screening & Referral Program: DSR Program


DSR Program:

The Somali Health Board’s efforts to address health disparities in the Somali community begins in early childhood. With the understanding that our community faces many challenges in accessing healthcare and that these challenges are compounded by others including language barriers and lack of culturally sensitive services. SHB began this project to address a specific challenge: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and delayed developmental screenings. Through the developmental screening and referral program SHB aims to address misconceptions about ASD and developmental delay in the community, provide education to families and providers, create a support group for Somali parents with children who are on the spectrum, and refer families to care providers. This work was co-designed and informed by our community at every step.

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