This is a national campaign that aims to increase women’s awareness of heart disease and its dangers. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among African American and Hispanic women. Women of color also have high rates of the major risk factors for this disease including obesity, physical inactivity and high blood pressure. As a partner of The Heart Truth, we are working to spread the message of heart disease prevention to the communities we serve. The Heart Truth, the creators of the Red Dress and the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness, is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Black women with breast cancer have the highest death rate and the lowest survival rate of any racial or ethnic group. In January 2008, The Links, Incorporated announced an unprecedented collaboration to mobilize the black community to end breast cancer through Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Circle of Promise campaign. This partnership with The Links, Incorporated accelerates Komen’s ability to reach thousands of women in the U.S. and around the globe by working with the 275 Link chapters to provide awareness, education, social support, and hope to breast cancer survivors, their family members and communities.
To address the need for affordable housing, The Links, Incorporated established a partnership with Habitat for Humanity. The partnership set the groundwork for chapters to work collaboratively with local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, volunteer at Habitat sites, raise awareness about the need for affordable housing, and provide needed resources. The goal of the partnership is to engage chapters in programming that meets the priority needs of their community and is mutually beneficial to communities serviced by Habitat for Humanity and The Links, Incorporated. The Women Build program provides one of several opportunities for chapter collaboration.
The Links, Incorporated is proud to join forces with the American Heart Association’s Power to End Stroke movement to raise awareness of stroke risk factors and warning signs among the African American community. Power to End Stroke (PTES) is the American Heart Association’s exciting national campaign that raises awareness about cardiovascular disease and stroke while embracing and celebrating the culture, creativity and energy of African Americans. This strategic partnership will help both organizations achieve the shared mission of “building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.” The American Heart Association is a well respected, long established leader in fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke and has a record of success in funding research and conducting effective programs such as this.
Africare is committed to being the premier Africa-focused non-governmental organization (NGO) working in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive lives and communities, and to be a leading voice addressing African development and policy issues. In partnership, The Links, Incorporated and Africare address the dire need for adequate maternal/ child health care in Liberia. Through the construction of a Maternal Waiting Home and distribution of postnatal Mama Kits in rural Bong County, The Links, Incorporated and Africare strive to provide a clean and safe environment for expectant mothers, and alleviate the complications and health issues mothers and newborns face.
Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1. guiding evidence-based institutional improvement; 2. influencing public policy; 3. generating knowledge; and, 4.engaging the public. Five chapters of The Links, Incorporated will pilot a program within the Achieving the Dream Network of over 150 institutions to assist the colleges in meeting national goals for attainment of higher education credentials.
The Links, Incorporated is partnering with AARP to implement the “AARP Links Academy.” This innovative, comprehensive program provides tools and resources to support African-American women who are either preparing for life as they age or are currently dealing with the aging process. The program includes components for preventative measures during each specific life stage and provides health, wellness and financial support and services to the 50+ community. The program is being implemented in eight target markets: Chicago, IL, Dayton, OH, New York, NY, Houston, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA, Miami, FL, and San Antonio, TX.
The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation's youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. The Links, Incorporated and the Partnership for a Healthier America share common priorities and interests in reaching Americans with important messages related to childhood obesity. This strategic partnership will help both our organizations achieve the shared mission and commitment of building healthier lives
This is an unprecedented youth-outreach initiative that aims to mobilize the collective African American community to become mentors, volunteers and advocates for young people in association with national and community organizations. We can and must address the critical issues that prevent our youth from reaching full potential.
Through our national sponsorship with Ally Financial, The Links, Incorporated implements the Wallet Wise financial literacy program. The Wallet Wise program is aimed at helping people make better financial decisions by providing them with information about budgeting, credit reports, and credit scoring as well as providing other tools in an effort to assist them in making informed financial choices. Chapters conduct Wallet Wise workshops using the curriculum developed by Ally Financial. The curriculum includes classroom and online modules and is being implemented in thirty-four target markets. A youth component to compliment the Wallet Wise program is under development.