For Takia Daniels, helping people improve their health is a calling.
“I find joy in helping people help themselves,” she says. “I provide the education and resources, but they must put in the work. Seeing the satisfaction they get from their success is a feeling that can’t be described.”
Daniels’s work as a community health worker at Tidelands Health has taken her all over Georgetown, Williamsburg and Horry counties. She and her fellow community health workers at Tidelands Health meet people where they are — in churches, at community meetings, during events — to provide knowledge and resources to help prevent diabetes, improve their parenting skills and live better lives through better health.
“All of our community health workers, including Takia, know this community, understand the challenges and obstacles people face and how to overcome them,” says Kelly Kaminski, senior director of community health resources at Tidelands Health. “
“We are the boots on the ground seeing what the needs are,” Daniels says.