Health & Human Services 

Our current Health & Human Services (HHS) signature program, SFLinksConnect: Building Healthy Communities was conceived by our chapter as a multi-year, multi-faceted, transformational program, to address health outcome disparities through outreach, information sharing and education; shifting from treating disease to preventing illness and promoting wellness. During this biennium, focus has been on Mental Health having become aware that so many of the health disparities in the community have a direct correlation to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Click here for ACEs resources.


In April 2019, the San Francisco Chapter of the Links, Incorporated partnered with the SF Citywide Revival Baptist Minister’s Conference to present “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & Science of Hope” at Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church. Dr Monique LeSarre, Executive Director from Rafiki Coalition for Health and Wellness guided our community into a safe space following the viewing of the film and personal reactions to which they related to the content and reflection of trauma and toxic stress. The movie features the work of Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, ACEs champion and California's 1st Surgeon General.

“A must-see film that celebrates the power of medicine and chronicles the ongoing fight to save our community.” – Valata Jenkins-Monroe, PhD, President, San Francisco Chapter of The Links, Inc.


The San Francisco Links partnered March 18-21 in our 15th year with June R Wallace and Donor Network West to provide health screenings at the SF Citywide Revival Baptist Ministry Conference.


Many thanks to National Coalition of 100 Black Women 2019 Honoree June R Wallace, Community Service, Donor Network West Community Development Liaison and essential partner for addressing the critical need for organ and tissue donations in the African American community and lifestyle changes to prevent organ failure. She has built relationships, partnerships, and collaborated to foster trust and ensure consistent presence in communities of color throughout the Bay Area and Central Valley. She attributes her community outreach success to the use of three strategies: understand the culture of your community, send the right messenger to deliver the message, and long-term commitment.


The San Francisco Links raised awareness for Women’s Heart Health at their February meeting. Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 50,000 African-American women annually, and only 52 percent of African-American women are aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Please schedule regular check ups with your physician, stay active and limit your salt and sodium intake.


Additional information on ACEs and the ACE study


Nadine Burke Harris MD - Ted Talk


San Francisco Links Incorporated
P.O. Box 591812
San Francisco, CA 94159-1812

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