Target 2: Women’s Healthcare and Wellness
Janelle Scruggs and Rhonda Clinton, Co-Chairmen
Edith Mitchell and Brenda Shelton Dunston, Resources
Alpha Kappa Alpha will continue to raise community awareness of critical health issues impacting African-American women. The primary focuses will be breast cancer awareness and prevention, heart health, nutrition and wellness, and care for the caregivers.
- Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention Initiative
- Heart Health Initiative
- Nutrition and Wellness Initiative
- Care for the Caregivers Initiative
Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention Initiative
Rhonda Clinton and Rhyan Rudd, Co-Chairmen, Co-Chairmen
Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention will focus specifically on early detection through mammograms to improve the survival rate of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Alpha Kappa Alpha will own a digital AKA Mobile Breast Cancer Screening Unit that will travel to various locations and provide mammogram screening. Chapters will partner with local clinics, rural health centers, and hospitals to emphasize the need for African-American women to receive regular mammograms.
Heart Health Initiative
Sheri Kyle Jones and Kim Perry, Co-Chairmen
Heart Health remains a focus as the sorority enhances its commitment to healthy hearts through fitness activities and walking. Chapters will be encouraged to form walking clubs and to invite the community to join the walking initiatives.
Nutrition and Wellness Initiative
Gay Brown and Janelle Scruggs
Nutrition and Wellness will emphasize healthy lifestyles including prenatal, childhood, adult, and senior nutrition programs. The focus will be on structured nutrition initiatives, and chapters will partner with local nutritionists and dieticians to design healthy eating plans and safe diets for longer, healthier living.
Care for the Caregivers Initiative
Miriam McNeill Gallmon and Whitney Payne, Co-Chairmen
Care for the Caregivers places emphasis on taking care of those who take care of others. Chapters will emphasize the need for caregivers to practice preventive healthcare as well as self-care behavior to eliminate the vulnerabilities and risks associated with the stress of caregiving.