In The News
Chapter Honored by The Board of Supervisors
On September 17, 2013, District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen honored our chapter: “In honor and appreciation of your outstanding service in support of youth empowerment, the arts, and the health and wellness of its residents. Your dedication and commitment to the San Francisco community is recognized and commended.” Links Allison and Angelique also received commendation for their work as co-chairs of the HHS Facet. Several members were on hand to share in this honor. We look forward to a successful, continuing partnership with Supervisor Cohen.
Capacity Crowd Attends Affordable Care Act Education Day (Obamacare) in Bayview Hunters Point
They came by car, bus, bike, wheelchair and on foot to learn more about the Affordable Care Act at an event entitled, Are You Ready for Obamacare? Scores of people who have no healthcare insurance or are severely underinsured, seeking an opportunity to have coverage arrived to a free education day for community residents on August 24, which included a panel of ACA experts on this important change in healthcare. We partnered primarily with Malia Cohen, D10 Supervisor, California Black Health Network, California Pan Ethic Health Network, and AARP, and Healthy San Francisco, among other community organizations.
This event provided a springboard and ‘call to action’ for deepening the communities understanding of the benefits and fast approaching implementation of the ACA on October 1, e.g. Medi-cal Expansion and the Marketplace for more affordable health care plans, changes in Medicare that impact our seniors, and SHOP, health plan options for Small Business.
The speakers were: Darcel Lee, California Black Health Network; Tahira Cunningham, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network; Emily Riggs, Healthy San Francisco; Sherrie Gordon, AARP; Merrill Buice, San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium; Darryl Burton, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid; and Alice Benjamin, AARP. They engaged in discussions with attendees, which created a dynamic forum for open and honest exchange.
Voices From the Community
SF Links on KPOO radio Live and in listening color!
Thanks #KPOORADIO for inviting #SFLinksInc to spread the word #Obamacare #ActionAugust
Film Screening and Panel Discussion Unveils “truths” About Healthcare Issues
The San Francisco Chapter of The Links, Incorporated in support of our Health and Human Services programming presented “The Waiting Room” , a documentary filmed in the emergency room at Highland Hospital, to the BVHP Community with a screening at the Bayview Opera House on Saturday, June 1. After the screening there was a panel discussion and Q&A with the director and several “Health Partners” from the community, facilitated by Belva Davis, Bay Area Emmy Award winning journalist.
As our health delivery systems are inundated and compromised, this event focused on health advocacy relative to healthcare reform (Affordable Care Act) and the immediate access needs of Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP) residents. We highlighted ways in which community residents are supported through primary care (local clinics, satellites, etc.), preventive healthy eating and active living community benefit programs and health literacy to raise awareness on these matters amongst residents in most need.
Undoubtedly, this was a debut not unlike others over our sixty-three year history of service in San Francisco, yet timely to the importance of the highly impactful issues affecting our service community. The dialogue amongst film screening attendees was rich and we delivered a message of self-advocacy and activism; a theme well represented through our preventive health and wellness campaign SFLinksConnect.
The Edible Garden – A Seminar on Urban Gardens, Links to Health-Nutrition, and Food Advocacy
The Southeast Food Access (SEFA) Working Group evolved out of the April 2006 Shape Up San Francisco Summit where community food justice organizations and city agencies met in a work group and identified the need for regular communication among all entities working on food issues in the Bayview/Hunters Point.
San Francisco’s Bayview/Hunter’s Point Community is challenged to meet its health goals by both cost and access to fresh fruits and produce. Urban Edible Gardens can help create a local food shed, providing healthy, fresh produce and ameliorating the transportation and middle-man costs associated with good food and good health.
Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church in partnership with the San Francisco Chapter of The Links, Incorporated created just such a garden to make produce available to its most vulnerable populations: young families and the elderly. The Edible Garden is designed to involve the population of the Church in planting and growing fresh produce which will be harvested and delivered to these groups.
On Opening Day, May 21, 2011 a Seminar on Urban Gardens, Health-Nutrition Linkage, and Food Advocacy is complemented by Chef Tastings of food prepared with fresh produce.
Fast Forward: The Edible Garden in Spring 2013
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