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.

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 causes and symptoms related to elder abuse. Furthermore, to enhance the quality of their lives at a time when they might be emotionally, physically and financially vulnerable.

HHS’ secondary objective was to reach the more than 10,000 member population of seniors in West, East and Central Harlem communities. 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; 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.