Health & Human Services

Taste of Soul Community Health Initiative

Los Angeles (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, in alignment with our national organization, has embarked upon an exciting project to foster heightened awareness and targeted screening for Hepatitis C in at-risk individuals. On Saturday, October 17, 2015, Los Angeles (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will work in collaboration with Charles R. Drew University and the Association of Black Women Physicians (ABWP) to educate the general public about Hepatitis C during the 10th Annual Taste of Soul Festival.

The Taste of Soul Los Angeles is a free family-friendly event presented by the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper and hosted in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Radio Free 102.3 KJLH and 94.7 The Wave. It has been dubbed Los Angeles’ largest street festival and takes place on Crenshaw Boulevard between Stocker Boulevard and Rodeo Road. It attracts over 350,000 attendees.
The National HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Initiatives of The Links, Incorporated strive to ensure that the communities we serve understand how these infections are transmitted and how the diseases can be prevented. Headed by Health and Human Services Chair, Link Lisa Nicholas, MD and Link Anitha T. Mitchell, MD, members of Los Angeles Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and their President, Link Kathryn Edwards, PhD, will distribute educational materials and encourage festival attendees to learn more about these diseases.

Screenings will be made available for those whom it is recommended. Physicians will provide onsite counseling to participants and follow-up will be provided for those who have no identifiable physician.

Sponsors for this health screening event include: Gilead Sciences, Inc., a research based biopharmaceutical company that provided financial support and educational materials, and OraSure Technologies, a leader in the diagnostic testing field that donated OraQuick testing kits.