Ann Arbor, a nonprofit, is hosting a series of events on “The State of Black Health.”

An Ann Arbor nonprofit for African American women is hosting a free three-part virtual series promoting the physical and mental health of the Washtenaw County’s Black community.

The series, titled “The State of Black Health” is from the health and personal services facet of the Ann Arbor (MI) chapter from The Links, Incorporated. In the past, the Health and Human Services Group has held workshops and panels addressing women’s health issues, including breast cancer and heart health. This year, the group wanted to study how COVID-19 affects the well-being of the black community.

“The goal is really to just get more information out, especially at this point when there are a lot of medications and appointments available on the internet [telemedicine]”Says Wendy Woods, president of the Ann Arbor Chapter.” It is important to be able to ask questions and be better informed when making decisions about your health.

At each session, social workers, doctors, educators and others are introduced in panel discussions and questions and answers with participants. The first part of the series focused on the general health of blacks and the second on the emotional well-being of blacks. The third part, which will take place in a few weeks’ time, will focus on biological and social differences in reproductive health.

“COVID-19 is intertwined with other issues that are occurring in many of our black communities,” says Woods. “Some communities focus on access to clean water and lead in the pipes. We don’t have to look any further than Flint, me., and right here in Washtenaw County with what happened to this [Gelman dioxane plume]. You also have other health problems that complicate things and economic problems that become part of it because many of us now have to work from home. Many wage earners are unable to actually work and unemployment rates are rising. The panel really focused a lot on the intersectionality of many of these topics. “

The Links, Incorporated local chapter has worked with local churches to raise awareness of the health issues and COVID-19 vaccinations in Washtenaw County. It also helps the local community with other issues currently exacerbated by the pandemic, such as: B. Literacy problems in students who have difficulty studying in a virtual environment.

“We’re trying to use all the different tools that are out there to really empower the community and give them as much information as possible so they can make good decisions in the face of this pandemic,” says Woods. “It’s something that everyone really needs to be involved in.”

More information is available on the organization website and Facebook site.

Maria Patton is a lifelong Ypsilanti resident. She is currently studying at the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in communications and media. You can find more of their work in The Michigan Dailywhere she is a columnist for the Michigan in color Section. She can be reached at [email protected].

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