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Vista Maria Donation Drive
Great Lakes Links has launched a donation drive to support Vista Maria’s work on behalf of young girls, especially survivors of human trafficking. This service project is led by our GREAT Girls, a mentorship program for girls in middle school and high school. Through this donation drive, we’re asking participants to purchase items on Vista Maria’s TARGET registry list, to be shipped directly to Vista Maria.
Supporting is easy:
Click “Search for an organization” and search “Vista Maria”
Choose the “Vista Maria” link (not “Vista Maria Dolly Drive”)
Select the item(s) you wish to purchase and check out, choosing “Ship to Vista Maria address”
List “LINKS – Your Name” in the “from” field
Whether you’re the parent of teens who spend lots of time online or you’re a community member who wants to learn about this critical topic, the Great Lakes (MI) Chapter of The LInks, Incorporated invites you to join us for this informative panel discussion.
Michigan ranks in the top ten states for human trafficking. Victims may be of any age, gender or race, and once they’re subjected to this life it’s very difficult to escape.
Hear from experts in this area, learning what you can do to help those you love avoid this life-altering experience.
Moderator: Andrea Isom, Journalist, WXYZ-Detroit (Channel 7)
Meredith Reese, Chief Integrated Behavioral Health Officer, Vista Maria
Dr. Patricia Wilkerson-Uddyback, Emergency Physician, Detroit Medical Center
When it comes to heart health and lifestyle, many African Americans have a shared history that may have had an impact for generations. As we navigate the health challenges our community is currently experiencing, what are the opportunities to develop a new normal that enhances the overall health of our community? What role can historically African American organizations play in educating our community about heart health and lifestyle habits that impact overall health?
In addition to health information from the American Heart Association, this free webinar will feature a panel discussion with members of the historically black fraternities and sororities, which have led community programs for more than 100 years. Join the discussion to better understand what individuals and other organizations can do to help educate members of the African American community regarding heart health.
Moderator: Marlin Williams, Chief Diversity Officer, StockX; Vice President, Great Lakes (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Presented by McLaren Health CareFind out more »
Lifestyle has a significant impact on health, with diet and nutrition playing a key role. In addition to physical activity, the ability to access and afford healthy food is critical to ongoing good health. In many urban environments, residents have reduced access to fresh food and produce, often due to limitations in income or transportation. These conditions may lead to food insecurity, experienced by more than one-third of Detroiters.
This free webinar explores the complex issue of food insecurity, including the challenges it presents and the opportunities to reduce its presence. From government-funded programs to urban farming, our panelists will discuss the future of food in Metro Detroit.
Moderator: Leslie Andrews, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Daisy Ventures, LLC; Recording Secretary, Great Lakes (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Malik Yakini, Executive Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
Phil Jones, Executive Director, City Food Community Concepts
Kathryn Underwood, Senior Planner, City of Detroit Planning Commission
Presented by McLaren Health Care
As our society continues to advance technologically, playing a game of tag outside may be less appealing to children who have access to digital devices and games. Add the fact that junk food and fast food is cheap and easily accessible, and it’s easy to understand how childhood obesity has become an epidemic in America. This may be further compounded in homes where children are picky eaters or accessing fresh food and produce is a challenge. As a result, today’s generation of children may have greater risk of long-term negative health consequences.
This free webinar will feature an interactive panel discussion that focuses on creating healthy eating habits and understanding the potential effects of childhood obesity. Attendees will learn about healthy foods and cooking methods that will also appeal to kids, helping them understand that good food can also be good for you.
Moderator: Dr. Tara Scott, Owner, Foot & Heel Pain Institute of Michigan; Member, Great Lakes (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Maxcel Hardy, Celebrity Chef, Owner of JEDs Detroit and COOP Detroit
Dr. Jamila Taylor, Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated
Dr. Preston Thomas, Primary Care Physician, McLaren Health Care
Presented by McLaren Health Care