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Health And Human Services

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.  

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Greater Queens (NY) Chapter Facet implemented an audio screening program at our partner school, P.S./I.S. 116Q. Under the leadership of Link Sisters, one a physician and the other an audiologist, the Chapter seized the opportunity to secure a donation of audio screening equipment. Before COVID–19and immediately after, when NYC Schools re-opened, over 750 students were screened. As a result, students who were diagnosed with hearing loss or impaired hearing have received medical services and resources. A graduating 8th grade student diagnosed in the 5th grade with significant hearing loss received the medical care and resources needed. In 2023, he graduated at the top of his class and was accepted at one of NYC's specialized high schools for students who excel artistically and academically.

Through our partnership with Colgate-Palmolive's “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures,” the Facet has made asignificant impact on the dental health of our community. We have provided dental screenings for morethan 1,000 children under 12 from P.S./I.S. 116Q and PS 330Q students. These screenings were not justabout identifying issues but also about promoting healthy oral and dental practices. In addition, we havedistributed toothbrushes, toothpaste, and brochures, further encouraging these practices. Our effortshave not been limited to our local community. Dental hygiene supplies have also been provided to children in Haiti and Dakar, Senegal, extending the reach of our impact beyond our borders.

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Our commitment to good nutritional, physical, and mental health for our members is not just about participation. We have actively engaged in the Heart Healthy Walk-A-Thon, the American Cancer Society– Breast Cancer Walk, and the Dress For Success Walk-A-Thon. These events have not only raised awareness but also funds. We are proud to share that we have successfully participated in each program's fundraiser, raising over $5,000 annually. This financial support from our community members is a testament to their belief in our cause and their active involvement in our mission.

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In 2022, the Chapter Greater Queens (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, implemented “Greater HEAL-ing: Addressing Disparities & Advancing Healthy Living.” A national program, our goals and objectives were to help reduce breast and colorectal cancer death rates among underserved people living in Queens. Our program aims to raise community awareness, help facilitate preventive testing andscreening, and deliver community education on the risk factors associated with breast and colorectal cancers to our communities. Our program includes providing information and guidance about access to the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program and Obamacare, information, resources upon receipt of self and/or cancer diagnosis, and much-needed support resources.

Through our mental health initiative, we have partnered with mental health professionals, providing information about depression, anxiety, and social issues that impact the physical and mental health of children and families in Queens. As we came out of COVID, we conducted a “Health Talk Assembly” with the students at P.S./I.S. 116Q, helping them address their anxiety during the shutdown, reentry to in- person learning, and ongoing peer-to-peer interaction. We have conducted webinars for the adult community and have distributed “The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health” by Rheeda Walker, Ph.D.

For the past 28 years, the Greater Queens (NY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has blazed a trail of excellence in service throughout the Queens community and beyond. Our membership of forty-nine professional and accomplished women gives of themselves tirelessly “day in and day out,” implementing transformational and sustained programs of The Links, Incorporated.

National Initiatives

Health Equity Ambassador Program

Since 2015, The Links, Incorporated and the American Cancer Society have worked together to address cancer disparities and drive health equity in all communities touched by cancer. Through the Health Equity Ambassador program, we seek to eradicate inequities and reduce cancer screening disparities through community outreach and education. 

HeartLinks Signature Program

HeartLinks encourages Links members and the communities we serve to take an aggressive stance against heart disease, the number one killer of African-American women. HeartLinks accomplishes its goal by equipping our members with numerous ways to implement heart healthy programs and activities in their communities including: Walk for a Healthy Living Program, Childhood Obesity Prevention Program, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program, and Red Dress events.

Linkages to Life

Organ, Tissue and Bone Marrow Donation Awareness Signature Program Linkages to Life was established in response to the health disparities in organ, eye, and tissue (including bone marrow) transplantation. Our goal is to decrease disparities in donor registration and transplantation in the African-American community.

National HIV/AIDS Initiative

The National HIV/AIDS Initiative ensures that Links members and the communities we serve understand the incidence and prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the African-American community, how these infections are transmitted, and how the disease can be prevented. 

National Mental Health Initiative

The goal of the National Mental Health Initiative is to educate Links members about depression, anxiety, and social issues that impact our physical and mental health so that our members can take this knowledge into our communities. 

National Oral Health Initiative

The Links, Incorporated aims to increase awareness of ongoing disparities and inequities in oral health among adults and children through our National Oral Health Initiative. In partnership with Colgate, we implement their Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program to teach youth about proper oral care. 

GREATER QUEENS LINK PROGRAMS

Participates and fundraises for the American Cancer Society-Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk.  Annually since 2015, our members and friends supported the Flushing Meadows Queens Park site.


Heart disease is the number one killer in African-American woman.  Our chapter support each other in healthy lifestyles through healthy diet seminars, group walks and one-on-one peer support.  We increase our community awareness through the Walk for Healthy Living at Roy Wilkins Park of Queens .


In partnership with New York Blood Center and CUNY-York College we participate in their blood drives.  These blood drives are instrumental for organ donor registration and transplantation.


Our health fairs, particularly Senior Week at CUNY-York College, have been a monumental tool in enriching the Queens community for education in all aspects of health, including but not limited to HIV/AIDS, diabetes, hypertension, oral health and mental illness.  Certified specialists in all health areas have assisted hundreds of individuals and families over a decade of years. 


As the initial facet for the BioBus, we continue to support Services to the Youth with this incredible mobile laboratory.  Also, an amazing Hearing Van has been a great addition to increase our community’s auditory health and well being. 


Since 2011 our chapter has annually participated with Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Program through the Colgate Dental Van. With this mobile dental clinic, we have screened over 9,000 children at elementary schools and daycare centers.  The educational outreach component included over 15,000 children in Queens, NY and the island of Jamaica and Haiti. 

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