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Fighting Heart Disease

The Western Area received proclamations from the city of Houston for initiatives by the Health and Human Services Facet in the fight against heart disease. A special event in recognition of HeartLinks and Check Change Control was held at the Houston Health Museum. (See Photo Gallery)

Health and Human Services


The ​Health and Human Services (HHS) facet ​is a response to the chronic health disparities that persist in our communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African-Americans. Th​e HHS facet brings greater focus, resources, and coordination to The Links, Incorporated’s health initiative.​ The goal of HHS 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.

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October

Breast Cancer Awareness

The National Breast Health Initiative educates The Links membership and the communities we serve about the importance of knowing one’s family history and the risk factors for breast cancer. Our goal encompasses advocacy and personal health record retention to ensure proper healthcare maintenance. We strive to provide mentoring, encouragement, and a safe haven for all to share personal journeys.

CLICK HERE for the American Cancer Society Toolkit

Donor Sabbath Campaign

CLICK HERE for the LifeGift Website

CLICK HERE for the Donate Life Texas E-Cards

CLICK HERE for the Links Linkages To Life Resource Guide

November

Childhood Obesity

ChildhoodObesityDear Western Area Links,
Now more than ever, let’s focus on getting our children and grandchildren healthy. If it has been a while since the last check-up by a pediatrician, make an appointment now.

Encourage friends & family to get their children and grandchildren checked too since we cannot get them healthy if we don’t know where they are now. Get their height and weight checked, get fasting lab work to make sure that they don’t already have high cho­lesterol, etc. Most importantly, make it a priority to get your children and grandchildren active so
they don’t spend their holiday breaks or regular days sedentary with TV and video games only.

We want to assist you in getting your family healthy so attached is a childhood obesity toolkit from ChooseMyPlate.gov. This toolkit partners with former First Lady Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity initiative “Let’s Move” to get you started, and get your family healthier than ever before.

Click Here To Download The Choose My Plate Toolkit

Linked in Service and Love,

Kelly Coleman, MD
Western Area HHS Steering committee member
Wanda Mott
Western Area Chair, Health & Human Services
Roxann Thomas Chargois
Western Area Director

Janice

How to Help Children and Adolescents Cope With Stressful Situations and Traumatic Events

By Dr. Janice Beal
WA Mental Health Initiative Chair
A child’s and adolescent ability to cope with disaster, emergencies or traumatic events is often tied to the way parents cope. They can detect adults’ fears and sadness. Parents and adults can make these situations less traumatic for children by taking steps to manage their own feelings and plans for coping. Parents are almost always the best source of support for children. One way to establish a sense of control and to build confidence is to discuss the event and let them know that you will do your best to keep them safe.

It is important that you decrease the child and adolescent’s ability to watch the traumatic event. The media will continuously play and replay what has happened. The more a person watches it will create anger, fear, anxiety, and sometimes depression.  Ask you teenager not to replay the incidents on social media. Don’t act as if nothing has occurred, talk to your child. Below are a few talking points.

Meeting the Child’s Emotional Needs

  1. Adults should encourage children and adolescents to share their thoughts and feelings about the incident.
  2. Clarify misunderstandings about risk and danger by listening to children’s concerns and answering questions.
  3. Maintain a sense of calm by validating children’s concerns and perceptions and with discussion of concrete plans for safety. Listen to what the child is saying. If a young child is asking questions about the event, answer them simply without the elaboration needed for an older child or adult.
  4. Some children are comforted by knowing more or less information than others; decide what level of information your particular child needs.
  5. If a child has difficulty expressing feelings, encourage the child to draw a picture or tell a story about the fear.

Try to understand what is causing anxieties and fears. Be aware that following a traumatic event, children are most afraid that:

  • The event will happen again.
  • Someone close to them will be killed or injured.
  • They will be left alone or separated from the family.

Seek professional help if you feel your child is having difficulty adjusting or you notice a change in their behavior.

 

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