Health and Human 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 and The Links, Incorporated can play a significant role in providing it.

The Health & Human Services Facet (HHS) under the chapter’s domestic violence umbrella program conducted a community-wide needs assessment to ascertain the issues, problems and needs of the service community, which includes East, West and Central Harlem. The assessment helped HHS, in conjunction with its community partners, design educational seminars to inform and empower seniors to recognize and cope with the complexities, causes and symptoms related to elder abuse and ways to empower them to enhance the quality of their lives at a time when they might be emotionally, physically and financially vulnerable.

HHS targeted elder African American, Caribbean, Latino women and men, ages fifty-five and older whose health and wellbeing might be compromised by domestic violence and its complexities as they find themselves aging with diminishing support and access to services. Our needs assessment was statistically supported by the fact that by 2015, forty percent of the population in metropolitan New York City will be over sixty-five years of age. HHS’ secondary objective was to reach the more than 10,000 member population of seniors in West, East and Central Harlem communities. This is a long-term, multi-year program project because people are living longer and more seniors are in need of information and continuing service delivery programs. To date, HHS have reached over 5,000 seniors who have participated in our Educational Workshops through our core Community Partners – AARP; Abyssinian Development Corporation Senior Service NNORC; Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter; CenterLight Healthcare; Esplanade Gardens-Steinway Children & Family Services NNORC; Health Advocates for Older People; New York State Assemblyman Robert Rodriquez; Abyssinian Baptist Church & Health Ministry; Brookdale Center for Aging & Healthy Living at Hunter College/CUNY; The Foot Center of New York; New York College of Podiatric Medicine and Touro College of Pharmacy. HHS looks forward to continuing and growing these important and effective partnerships to enable us to expand our service delivery programs.