Project Conectar was established as a collaborative project ConnectFamilias and the University of South Florida, strives to help Spanish-speaking families in Little Havana to “Learn the Signs Act Early.”
What is Project Conectar?
Project Conectar, a collaborative project between ConnectFamilias and the University of South Florida, strives to help families in Little Havana to “Learn the Signs Act Early.”This means that Project Conectar helps families learn to recognize typical development in their child (for example, when the child begins to talk, walk, etc.) and when their child experiences delays. The goal is to help families get early assessment and services for their children who experience developmental delays.
How Does Project Conectar Help Families?
Project Conectar works with ConnectFamilias’ care coordination teams consisting of natural helpers/community health workers and care coordinators to get the word out to families. Project Conectar provides specialized training to care coordination teams to understand developmental disabilities, assess typical child development, understand early warning signs, conduct parent groups, and help Little Havana families connect to the services that they need.
Project Conectar, a USF project conducted in collaboration with ConnectFamilias from 2009 to 2011 was a Research Topic of Interest funded by a cooperative agreement between the Association of University Centers on Disability and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Funding of this project was part of their health campaign to “Learn the Signs. Act Early.”