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.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Every October, the Pontchartrain Chapter of The Links, Incorporated helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease. We also participate in the New Orleans Susan G. Coleman race for the cure every year. In the past, our Rising Stars Mentees have joined us. Prior to the race starting, we have a brief presentation about breast cancer.
Each year our chapter observes National Donor Sabbath. We participate in services and programs to educate the public about the need for the lifesaving and healing gifts passed to others through transplantation, while also encouraging people to register their decision to be organ, eye and tissue donors.
NATIONAL DONOR SABBATH
In the past, our Health & Human Services Facet has partnered with our Services to Youth Facet to treat our Rising Star Mentees and their parents to a fun-filled and information luncheon focused on Heart Health. Thanks to Diva Dawg Food Truck we had a healthy cooking demonstration, and because of Heart N Hands, Inc. we received live-saving information and had an aerobic class.