Health & Human Services
Our Linkage to Life "Donor Sabbath" program provides an opportunity to discuss the critical need for organ and tissue donors by African Americans. To view "The Gift of Life" Linkage to Life Presentation click here. If you are interested in becoming a donor or would like more information on the program click here. Fifty (50) gift bags were prepared for Mt. Nebo's Baptist Church blood drive in Surry, Virginia, January 24, 2021; 23 person were educated on the need for organ donations and one (1) donor was signed.
Umbrella/Cancer Awareness: Melanoma Cancer Webinar, April 19, 2021; Breast Cancer Awareness: Mammogram Van, Suffolk, October 30, 2020; Walk To End Alzheimer's: October 3, 2020; Heart Healthy awareness: Walk For Healthy Living Annual Walk-A-Thon September 26, 2020;
Swim Like a Fish (Childhood Obesity Program): February 2, 2021 provided swimsuits and googles to 37 children divided between 2 classes twice a week for 4 weeks; September 18, and October 9, 2020, our Swim Like a Fish Program has provided swim lessons to over 144 children in Suffolk VA, "The Privilege of Play: From microaggressions to acts of overt racism, why swimming isn't inviting to minority groups." Click here to read the article.
Colgate Dental Van: S.P. Morton Elementary School in Franklin will participate in a virtual visit on March 8&9, 2021. There are over 500 students to be educated, Dental care kits for the students along with education brochures for parents will be sent to the school.
One of our activity during COVID-19 includes a Partnership with Suffolk YMCA and Food-bank of Southeastern and Eastern Shore, thus far we have help packed and distributed over 2,167 boxes of assorted food to the Franklin and Suffolk communities; Colgate Dental Van visit to Capron Elementary School, March 6, 2020 reached 1000th screening.
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.