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. Community education about health risks is crucial and the chapters of The Links, Inc. play a significant role in providing those resources. During the 2017-2018 Program year, The Columbia (SC) Chapter, continued their six-year engagement with the Family Forum. Links members facilitated the delivery of educational sessions for the community, which addressed topics such as navigating insurance enrollment, acute and chronic disease prevention, sexual trauma, harassment, and human trafficking to name a few.
The Columbia (SC) Chapter also supported childhood obesity prevention by providing equipment and infrastructure to promote physical activity in schools, promoted awareness of cardiovascular disease in women, and oral health initiatives in the community. The Columbia (SC) Chapter will continue these existing activities this upcoming program year with priority on Women’s health issues to include prevention of sexual abuse and sex trafficking and HIV and hepatitis C prevention in all at-risk populations.