Health & Human Services
The mission of the Health and Human Services facet 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 can play a significant role in providing it. The area of emphasis are cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, and organ, tissue and blood donation. This includes our signature programs: HeartLinks, Linkages to Life, and Walk for Healthy Living, as well as the National Childhood Obesity Initiative, oral health, brain health initiatives, and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure national partnership. We are guided by chapter assessments of community need, Healthy People 2020 (a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiative), and the goals of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Relay For Life, May 2019; National Heart-Links Walk, September 28, 2019; Breast Cancer and Heart Healthy awareness, Mammogram Van, Suffolk, October 8, 2019; "The Gift of Life" Linkage to Life Presentation, First Baptist Church, November 17; Colgate Dental Van visit to Capron Elementary School, March 6, 2020 reached 1000th screening; Swim Like a Fish, Spring 2020 (postponed), One of our activity includes a Partnership with Suffolk YMCA and Food-bank of Southeastern and Eastern Shore, thus far we have help packed and distributed over 1500 boxes of assorted food to the Franklin and Suffolk communities