Health and Human Services

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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. ​


The Eastern Area Health Priorities Include: 


  • Maternal Health: The United States has the highest rates of maternal mortality among industrial nations which disproportionately impacts women of African descent.  In partnership with partners like Merck for Mothers. The Links will continue to commit to educate women of African descent of their risks.


  • Mental Health:  The goal of the Mental Health Initiative is to educate Links members about depression, anxiety, and social issues that impact our physical and mental health so that our members can take this knowledge into our communities. The Eastern Area Mental Health Committee equips chapters with information to raise mental health awareness across the Eastern Area and will serve as a resource to chapters who wish to integrate mental health and wellness into their programming, through tip sheets and toolkits.  


  • Self Care:  The health and wellness of our membership continues to be a priority for the Eastern Area.  Through our support sessions entitled “First Fridays” hosted by the Health & Wellness and Mental Health committees, we provide social connection opportunities for members in the midst of this pandemic.  


Walk For Healthy Living is designed to encourage Links members, their families, and the communities we serve to improve their health by walking more. We support this by sponsoring Links Walk-a-Thons throughout our communities during the last weekend of every September, and by challenging community and Links members to take 10,000 steps each day. Our membership has surpassed our goal of 75 million steps in time for The Links 75th anniversary in 2021.

Health & Human Services
Shavon Arline-Bradley, Chair, Anjanette Ferris Senatus, Co-Chair, Maxine Jeffers, Donna Davis, Marcia Milton, 

Lisa Jounson-Robinson, Rosalind Cherry 


HHS - Mental Health
Cicely Horsham Brathwaite, Chair, Gretchen Vaughn, Nikki Farrior, Rhonda Turner, Leslie Hayes, Pia Alexander Harris

Wellness: Mind, Body & Spirit
Kimberley Copeland, Chair, Orsella Hughes, Co-Chair, Lois Poag-Ray, Lynn Johnson, Sandye Wilson,
Regina Clay, Audrey Williamson, Gail Johnson, Mimi Hendricks

Health & Human Services Program Partners

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