Health and Human Services

The goal 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.The Health and Human Services areas of concentration include:

The Health and Human Services areas of concentration include:

    1. Breast health
    2. Heart health
    3. Childhood obesity
    4. Mental health
    5. HIV/Aids and Hepatitis C
    6. Oral health
    7. Organ, tissue and bone marrow donation awareness.

This year the Health and Human Services facet is focusing on mental health. We are planning several events and programs in the upcoming months to raise awareness of mental health issues affecting the African-American community. We will be partnering with local mental health organizations and mental health professionals to bring information and attention to the important mental health issues affecting so many of our lives.

Noteworthy Accomplishments:

  • Donor Sabbath Program – This Linkages to Life national program brought awareness about tissue and organ donations to our local churches
  • Bone Marrow Donor Drives – Donor information and registration was provided at the annual Martin Luther King celebrations in Tacoma, Washington
  •  Choose My Plate – USDA Childhood nutrition education program was taught to the students at Prayer Tower Christian Academy. Backpack snacks were also provided to underprivileged students at Tyee Elementary School.
  •  Awarded a grant from the Links Foundation for the Heart Links programs which focuses on reducing the cardiovascular disease risk in African-American women
  •  Childhood oral health education programs were presented at Prayer Tower Christian Academy by local dentists
  •  Get Moving Program – Provided exercises and nutrition lessons for children at Prayer Tower Christian Academy. This program connected with Michelle Obama’s initiative to get children healthier and more active.
  • Allergy workshop was conducted in partnership with the AKA’s at Shiloh Baptist Church. Several health vendors provided information and the attendees received important information regarding the impact that allergies have in our daily lives
  • Monthly health information is provided to members at chapter meetings