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 Eastern Area HHS facet will shed a light on Maternal Mortality. The United States has the highest rates of maternal mortality among industrial nations which disproportionately impacts women of African descent.  Through collaboration with the advocacy efforts of the National Trends and Services facet and partnerships with healthcare and national health care providers and advocates, the Eastern Area’s Project Links-MOMM (Links for Mothers over Morbidity & Mortality) educates women of African descent of their risks. The HHS facet focuses on several preventative measures to education and inform our communities on disease prevention and better health practices.


The goal of the National 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 National Mental Health Initiative collaborates with each Links programming facet to incorporate a wellness component into all Links programs.


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. The Links, Incorporated aims to increase awareness of ongoing disparities and inequities in oral health among adults and children through our National Oral Health Initiative. In partnership with Colgate, we implement their Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program to teach youth about proper oral care.


In the Eastern Area we focus on:

  • Helping families become knowledgeable on how periodontal disease and its connection to heart disease

  • Providing children free education and screenings (via the Colgate dental van)

  • Helping families become knowledgeable about how diet affects dental care


HeartLinks encourages Links members and the communities we serve to take an aggressive stance against heart disease, the number one killer of African-American women. HeartLinks accomplishes its goal by equipping our members with numerous ways to implement heart healthy programs and activities in their communities.


Walk For Healthy Living is designed to encourage Links members, their families, and the communities we serve to improve their health by walking more. Physical activity is an integral part of a long-term overall health strategy. We support this by sponsoring Links Walk-a-Thons throughout our communities during the last weekend in September, and by challenging community and Links members to take 10,000 steps each day. As we continue to promote exercise, our membership is committed to walking 75 million steps by The Links 75th anniversary in 2021.

Health & Human Services
Shavon Arline Bradley, Chair, Jill Bussey Harris, Co-Chair, Anjanette Ferris Senatus, Charisse Fizer,

Gladys Diji, Colleen Ewing, Ashika Brinkley, Dawna Fields

HHS - Mental Health
Cecily H. 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