HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
The Links, Incorporated established the Health and Human Services facet in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in black communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African Americans and other people of African ancestry. The goal of HHS is to promote and facilitate programs that support the maintenance of good health and the elimination of chronic health disparities in communities of color through education, health advocacy, and optimal utilization of health resources. Community education about health risks is crucial and The Links, Incorporated plays a significant role in providing it.
The areas of emphasis in health of The Links, Incorporated are: Cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, and organ, tissue, and blood donations, with The Signature Programs and The National Childhood Obesity Initiative as program areas. HeartLinks to Heart Health, Linkages to Life, and Walk for Healthy Living are the Signature Programs.
The focus of the Health and Human Services Facet is Linkages to Life, which is designed to educate membership and the African-American community about the importance of and need for organ, tissue, and bone marrow donation.
Our short term goal is to increase chapter members’ knowledge of Health and Human Services. Long term goals are to increase awareness of and participation in donor programs in African American communities; and to focus attention on the personal health and welfare of chapter members.