Health and Human Services
The Links’ newest facet, Health and Human Services, was established in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in our communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African Americans. This new facet brings greater focus, resources, and coordination to The Links, Incorporated’s health initiatives already in existence. Prior to the establishment of Health and Human Services, the health initiatives were addressed within National Trends and 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. The Baton Rouge Chapter of The Links, Inc. is playing a significant role in by providing information and services to school children and their families, to university students and the others in the greater Baton Rouge Community.
On Thursday, October 10, 2013, The Baton Rouge Chapter’s Health and Human Services Facet presented a Town Hall Meeting: “Combatting Childhood Obesity.” The community event, held at the Exxon Mobil YMCA, included a panel composed of physicians, a school nutritionist, a legislator and a research scientist. Participants …parents, educators, nursing students, community activists, legislators… engaged in discussion, identified problem areas and made recommendations for solutions.
The Baton Rouge Chapter’s Health and Human Services Facet, in partnership with the Southern University School of Nursing, sponsored a Bone Marrow Drive on the Southern University Campus on Monday, March 24, 2014. Representatives of Be the Match Foundation worked with chapter members guiding university students in completing donor registry forms. The chapter’s participation was in response to the National Health and Human Services request that all chapters partner with HBCUs focusing on organ, tissue, and bone marrow donation…the goal of our Linkages to Life Program.
The Baton Rouge Chapter’s Health and Human Services Facet collaborated with the Services to Youth Facet presenting Healthy BR Nutrition Program on March 26, 2014. The Rosebuds were presented with materials and activities to promote healthy eating and activity. The Health and Human Services committee continues to engage The Rosebuds through this activity.