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Presentation to the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) from CVTF co-chair, Link Virginia “Dee” Banks, provides information and an overview of the disparities faced by communities of African descent specific to testing, treatment, and the trajectory of the disease.As members of The Links, Incorporated, we are the keepers of our brethren, and what affects one ultimately affects all of us. We must model the behavior that will protect us and curtail the spread of this virus in our already ravaged communities. Social distancing works but if only if you practice it; face coverings are effective but only if you use them. Please continue to stay the course.
The Video Features:
Virginia D. Banks, MD, MBA, FIDSA—Youngstown, Ohio Fellow and 2019 Watanakunakorn Clinician Award Winner—Infectious Diseases Society of America Infectious Diseases Physician, Northeast Ohio Infectious Disease Associates
Damani A. Piggott, MD, PhD—Baltimore, Maryland Member—Infectious Diseases Society of America Assistant Dean for Graduate Biomedical Education and Graduate Student Diversity, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Chris Busky, CAE (Moderator) Chief Executive Officer, Infectious Diseases Society of America
On Saturday, February 8, 2020, our Health and Human Services integrated its focus in alignment with the Services To Youth facet. The joint effort sought to host the program keeping our mentees in the loop by including the LinksUp! For Success mentoring program. Our program and speakers presented a forum about two issues that pressure our youth today. The forum, “Keeping It Real: A Forum on Vaping and Teenage Suicide” was held at the Robinson Park Rec Center, Pasadena CA.
Two dynamic community leaders were the key speakers. These ladies presented extensive knowledge on these subjects: Pasadena Police Corporal Domino Scott Jackson and Nicole Bernard, Community Services Representative, Department of Health, City of Pasadena. Young people, aged 12 and up, their parents, caregivers and community leaders attended the Saturday morning presentation.
Links’ Members in attendance, from Left: Victoria Johnson, Yolanda Oliver, Janet Pope-Givens, HHS Facet Chairperson Diane Scott, STY Facet Chairperson Hilarie Dyson-Green, Yvonne Hill, Charmayne Mills-Ealy, Barbara Washington, Cheryl Myers, Barbara Bigby, Barbara Coleman, Pam Cosse, and Cynthia Roye.
Earlier in January this year, Pasadena Altadena Links spent a Saturday observing the “National Human Trafficking Day”. On January 11, 2020, our National Trends and Services(NTS) facet presented a forum about Human Sex Trafficking. The forum, “Our Daughters Are Not For Sale” was held at the Robinson Park Rec Center, Pasadena CA. The key speakers (on far left): Angelica Gomez and Dr. Stephany Powell (Western Area Chair for Human Trafficking). Young ladies, aged 12 and up, their parents, caregivers and community leaders attended.
Links in attendance (From left): Yvonne Hill, Chapter President Charmayne Mills-Ealy, Barbara Coleman, Dorothy Jean Hays, NTS Facet Chair Barbara Bigby; (Back row): Cheryl Myers, Ashana Thorman, Hilarie Dyson-Green, Jocelyn Bradley.
Colgate Bright Futures, Bright Smiles – Dental Health Initiative, March 2018
The Health and Human Services (HHS) facet is a response to the chronic health disparities that persist in our communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African-Americans. The HHS facet brings greater focus, resources, and coordination to The Links, Incorporated’s health initiative. 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.
Breast Cancer Awareness
The National Breast Health Initiative educates The Links membership and the communities we serve about the importance of knowing one’s family history and the risk factors for breast cancer. Our goal encompasses advocacy and personal health record retention to ensure proper healthcare maintenance. We strive to provide mentoring, encouragement, and a safe haven for all to share personal journeys.