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‘Hercules in the Bayview’ speaks truth in trauma – April 2017
Presented by Theater of War Productions – April 27th 2017 – Bayview Opera House
Hercules in the Bayview is an innovative social impact theater project that presents dramatic readings by acclaimed actors of scenes from Euripides’ The Madness of Hercules–an ancient play about an unspeakable act of violence–as a catalyst for powerful audience driven dialogue about the impact of violence upon individuals, families, and communities today. Each performance is followed by community panelist remarks and a facilitated town hall discussion.
Our chapter was one of several sponsors for the event and our Link Sisters were in attendance to support the community members attending.
After a staged reading the audience and a panel of community members talked about gun violence in the Bayview neighborhood and San Francisco.
The mother of Mario Woods (Gwen Woods) and the uncle of Oscar Grant (Cephus Johnson) spoke with raw emotion and commitment.
“Cornel West said it like this, ‘If you want to hear the truth, you must let the suffering speak,’” Johnson said. “By allowing us to have this mike and share our story is not only healing, but is an awakening to yourselves that this struggle is real. And that we all have an obligation to become part of this movement to bringing real systemic change.” Brandon Yu – SF Chronicle
Bayview Film Screening Raises Awareness on ACEs – April 2017
“Understanding the science of ACEs and toxic stress gives us a powerful tool for not only addressing health disparities, but for improving the lives of all Americans. When we wake up to the fact my patient in Bayview shares a common biology with every child in America who is experiencing adversity, then perhaps we can find the will and the resources to help all children thrive.” – Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
The San Francisco Chapter of The Links Incorporated in partnership with The Center for Youth Wellness presented a Bayview community mixer/resource fair and FREE screening of KPJR Film’s Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope at the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
Resilience is the latest film from documentary director-producer James Redford and producer-writer-director Karen Pritzker. It features the work of Dr. Nadine Burke Harris – Founder & CEO of The Center for Youth Wellness and Founding Physician of the Bayview Child Health Center. The film explores the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and lifelong health.
Following the screening we held a panel discussion moderated by our SF Links member, Belva Davis, award-winning Bay Area television journalist.
- Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Founder & CEO, Center for Youth Wellness
- James Redford, Director and Producer of Resilience
- Patricia Lee, Managing Attorney, San Francisco Office of the Public Defender
- Joi Jackson-Morgan, Executive Director, 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic
- Tiffani Johnson, Co-Director, H2O Productions and Academic Adviser, Leadership High School
- Lauran Cherry, Educational Leadership Coach, Alameda County Department of Education
Our ultimate vision for the audience was that they would walk away with a deeper understanding of how ACEs impact them and their family members, and that they know how to access resources that can support them in the healing process.
We are pleased to acknowledge Kaiser Permanente for supporting our community.
“A must-see film that celebrates the power of medicine and chronicles the ongoing fight to save our community.” – Valata Jenkins-Monroe, President, San Francisco Chapter of The Links, Inc.
MLK Day 2017 Celebration – A Day of Service – January 2017
SF Links celebrate MLKDay2017 in service to our community. We provided information on the African Heritage Diet, linking our ancestry and traditional culinary culture to healthy eating and outcomes. As well this evidenced based tool gives historical perspective on food pathways of the African Diaspora and practical tips on everyday tasks like grocery shopping. We assisted uninsured and underinsured attendees by directing them to our community partner @NCBWSF where benefits and coverage options through Covered California were reviewed and of course made possible because of the Affordable Care Act.
Hands, Hearts, and Rhythms for Healing – Music Therapy – Fall 2016
Kaiser Permanente and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Toxic Stress and its effect on one’s general health across their lifespan.
Located in the Bayview Hunters Point community, the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) is improving the health of children and adolescents exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) by changing the way in which primary care physicians—and society in general—recognizes, treats, and responds to children who experience toxic stress. ACEs are traumatic events including abuse, neglect, and family disruption, which can result in a biological response called toxic stress.
Toxic stress is extreme, frequent, or extended activation of the body’s stress response without the buffering presence of protective relationships. Left unaddressed, toxic stress affects the fundamental biological functioning of the body and, in many children, the healthy development of their brain architecture. Exposure to ACEs is associated with dramatically increased risk of negative health and developmental outcomes, including asthma, diabetes, learning difficulties, and poor mental health, as well as long-term problems such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
CYW is fundamentally committed to prevent, screen, and heal the effects of early adversity and toxic stress. CYW seeks to prevent toxic stress by raising national awareness among those who have the power to make a difference—from parents to pediatricians to policy makers.
By routinely screening all patients, we can detect ACEs early and begin to intervene to treat the effects of toxic stress and change the trajectory of each child’s health. At the same time, caregivers also receive the education, support, and treatment they need to address the long-term impacts of untreated ACEs on their own health and well-being.
San Francisco Chapter of The Links found a natural progression of proposing expressive arts as an adjunct to treatment and partnered with Center for Youth Wellness and collaborator #62Candles, to develop and deliver a music therapy pilot for Bayview families. Over the course of the sessions, families learned to collaborate in the creation of music. They participated in modules to enhance and strengthen family communication, mutual encouragement, and conflict resolution. Families were also able to work with other families to practice group dynamics. In 2017 we’ll explore next steps for expanding the program.
SFLinks – Get Out The Vote – October 2016
The San Francisco Chapter of Links, Inc., enjoyed our GOTV event at Imprint.City’s BayviewLIVE Festival on October 22, 2016. We registered lots of folks, talked with people who supported our GOTV efforts, and had new voter registrants and attendees take selfies with our voter message sign. It was a great day. #SFLINKS #GOTV – see more photos
SFLINKS@SFJAZZ – The Keys to Wellness Concert – November 2015
Our 2015 benefit concert presented by The San Francisco Chapter of The Links, Incorporated continues SF Links’ tradition of promoting Jazz as an American art form, a healing force and experience for wellness. This intergenerational event creates a unique opportunity for our families, friends and community, as jazz music in all its dimensions is a holistic way to communicate and relate with one another; speaking to our hearts and our souls.
”…Spalding’s presence is as exciting as her music. “You’re in for a ride,” she told the audience before the short show, which featured music written by the two others in her trio, Lionel Loueke and Jeff “Tain” Watts. It wasn’t showy, it wasn’t flashy, it wasn’t loud. It was embracing, and when the melodies turned corners, everyone on that ride swayed with the gentle force of the music.” – Leah Garchik – SF Chronicle
One of the highlights of this year’s event was the presentation of the “2015 SFLinksConnect Awards” to London Breed, President, SF Board of Supervisors; Malia Cohen, Member, SF Board of Supervisors, District 10; and Natalie Baszile, novelist and author of “Queen Sugar” which is being adapted for a new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) drama series. The San Francisco Links are proud to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of these three exemplary African-American women.
Proceeds from this concert will further SFLinksConnect, our programming outreach through our signature leadership and education program, Mentoring Across the Miles, Liberia and preventive health and wellness program, Building Healthy Communities Together, in partnership with community organizations serving San Franciscans and beyond.
“WHAT MAKES AMERICA?” The Power of Our Voices…
The San Francisco Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, in partnership with StoryCorps presented a FREE community event: “What Makes America?” The Power of Our Voices, Our Music, Our Presence, Our Stories.” We invited our sponsors, supporters, partners, families, and friends to join in the conversation and share in the celebration of StoryCorps recordings and The San Francisco Links work in the community.
San Franciscans gathered at the Koret Theatre to listen to excerpts from the many amazing recorded stories as told by San Francisco griots, capturing the rich history and legacy of Jazz in our community and the contributions of African Americans to this cultural art form. The recordings were captured during our SFLinks@SFJazz event (November 2013 – featured artist Jason Moran in concert with Randy Weston and Billy Harper) that promoted Jazz as a healing art form and experience for wellness, and increased awareness about our Health and Wellness work in the community, SFLinksConnect: Building Healthy Communities Together, specifically in Bayview-Hunters Point.
We also acknowledged the work that The San Francisco Links, Incorporated is doing in Liberia – SFLinksConnect: Mentoring Across the Miles|Liberia to support educational opportunities for girls in that country. Student mentors from Skyline College in San Bruno who are part of the Liberia cross-cultural program attended, and other young women who are achieving milestones to help break through the socioeconomic barriers that have historically blocked communities for girls. Educated communities lead to healthy communities.
Entertainment was provided by an amazing jazz group, ‘The Ways and Means Committee’ composed of local health care professionals. These physicians, dentists, pharmacists and medical technicians have a common love of jazz and believe that music can be a healing force…physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
SFLinks honored at 29th Annual MLK Jr Solidarity Mass
Many community celebrants joined St. Paul of the Shipwreck Community for their Gospel Mass of the 29th Annual MLK Jr. Solidarity Mass Celebration. Mr. Joseph E. Marshall, Executive Director of Alive & Free/Omega Boys Club in San Francisco and the San Francisco Chapter of Links, Incorporated received Shipwreck’s MLK Community Service GEM Award.
Get Informed. Get Started. ACA @ MLK2014
Forward…building new relationships…SFLinks and MLK2014
SFLinksConnect: Building Healthy Communities Together continues our efforts to educate the Bay Area community on benefits (Get Informed.) and enrollment (Get Started.) for the Affordable Care Act with our participation in MLK 2014 Health and Wellness Festival at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, January 20, 2014, where we partnered again with California Black Health Network (CBHN) and Covered CA to deliver this important message on healthcare reform.
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”
We were pleased to explore new horizons in partnership with The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Foundation, dedicated to extending Dr. King’s vision by helping people to connect to community and to service through ongoing, targeted initiatives throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the Northern California region.
The day began as thousands joined together in a commemorative march from San Francisco’s Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens.
SFLinksConnect, is the San Francisco Links signature preventive health and wellness campaign building healthy communities in partnership with community organizations and service providers serving San Franciscans.
Save the Date: StoryCorps Community Listening Reception 2014
In celebration of SFLINKS@ SFJAZZ, The San Francisco Links with the help of StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to preserve the stories of their lives, bring together San Franciscans to record the influence and impact of Jazz in their lives. Together with StoryCorps, SF Links will celebrate these interviews and their archiving at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress with a Special Community Listening Reception in 2014.
SHARE THE MUSIC: SHARE THE GOOD HEALTH: SHARE THE STORY: Angelique Tompkins, Chair, Health and Human Services, SF Links talks about Jazz as inspiration and healing art form with Maestro Curtis – (Stro-Ra) known for his musical versatility and voracity, with the ability to play any instrument, but most notably his piano and guitar playing, singing, composition and arrangement. Joining the conversation is Larry Douglas (Larry Douglas Alltet) with a tone that the dean of American jazz critics, Leonard Feather, described as “velvety and silky,” Larry Douglas has ruled as one of San Francisco’s top trumpet/flugelhorn players for more than three decades.
SFLINKS@SFJAZZ: In Appreciation to Our Partners, Sponsors, and Donors
SFLINKS@SFJAZZ: The Keys to Wellness Benefit Concert was held November 24, 2013 at the luminous new SFJAZZ Center; where the artistry of jazz blends with healing rhythms to create an intergenerational experience that touches the heart, soul, and spirit. Health and Wellness is a trending conversation these days, and taking care of mind, body, and spirit is known to lead to heightened levels of joy and happiness. The San Francisco Chapter of the Links presented multi-award winning jazz aficionados, JASON MORAN in concert with Randy Weston and Billy Harper delivering a prescription of jazz infusion to boost our wellness quotient and nourish our souls!
In addition, we honored three distinguished community leaders. Honorees included June R. Wallace, who received the Western Area Meritorious Award; as well as Pat Coleman of the Arthur H. Coleman Community Health Foundation, and Dr. Gina Gregory Burns (Chief of Diversity, Kaiser Permanente) who each received SFLinks Connect Community Service Awards. Learn about their contributions in our event program.
Our partners, sponsors, and donors made the event possible and our featured artists made our event memorable. We extend our appreciation to all who were integral to the success of our signature event in support of our service programming.
KPOO – On The Spot with Harrison Chastang
KPOO On The Spot interview November 19, 2013 with San Francisco Links members Angelique Tompkins, Laura Morris, and Journalist Belva Davis about the SFLinks ‘Keys to Wellness Benefit Concert’ on November 24 featuring Jason Moran, Randy Weston and Billy Harper. The interview discussed the history and purpose of SFLinks, and the SFLinks’ efforts toward preventive health and wellness in San Francisco’s African American community, including education programs for the Affordable Care Act. Click here to listen.
KPOO – For The People with Safi wa Nairobi
Safi wa Nairobi interviews San Francisco Chapter of the Links, Inc. members Pamela Stevenson and Kay Carney Filmore on KPOO’s “For the People”. Pamela & Kay discuss the 63-year history of this organization including their recent efforts to build healthy communities in San Francisco. They also discuss the “Keys to Wellness” concert featuring Jason Moran, Randy Weston and Billy Harper. Click here to listen.
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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