As an organization of predominately African American women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is uniquely positioned to impact not only the well-being of its members, but also the well-being of families and communities at large. To facilitate this effort, the Health Task Force was launched to provide concentrated expertise and focus on the Physical and Mental Health.
The Health Task Force educates and facilitates lifestyle changes for the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of sorors and the communities that we serve. The Health Task Force objectives are:
- Raising awareness about the importance and benefits of lifestyle changes that affect longevity, morbidity, and mortality;
- Identifying organizational alliances for the sorority that will work to address pertinent health issues; and
- Developing and implementing health-focused programs within the sorority and the communities we serve.
St. Jude Walk
Ending Childhood Cancer
Delta Sigma Theta has teamed up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. The purpose of this collaboration is to raise funds through participation in St. Jude sponsored walks in local communities. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are collaborating in the fulfillment of the vision and mission of both organizations.
A Fit Sisterhood.
Through the Lifestyle Change Initiative, Delta Sigma Theta will work to combat the high incidence of obesity among women. The first priority of our Lifestyle Change Initiative is the Total Woman Healthy Weight Program which challenges chapters to a commitment to achieve healthier weights
Mental Health Across the Lifespan
Ending the Silent Suffering
The Mental Health Across the Lifespan (MHAL) initiative is a collaborative effort between Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). MHAL seeks to raise awareness about issues affecting women and their families as well as issues that can impact mental health. MCAC is focusing on educating youth about bullying and ways victims and those who witness bullying can seek help.
Go Red! for Women
Delta has embraced the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. Most women don’t know that Heart disease #1 killer in women. MCAC organizes programing to raise awareness of the risks and causes of heart disease and focuses women on healthier life styles.
Sickle Cell Disease Awareness
A Sickle Cycle of Pain
Sickle cell anemia, or sickle cell disease (SCD), is a genetic disease that causes red blood cells (RBCs) to have an abnormal crescent (“sickle”) shape. This shape causes RBCs to get trapped in blood vessels, blocking blood from reaching parts of the body and can cause severe pain and tissue damage. SCD affects 1 of every 500 African-American births, and approximately 100,000 Americans currently live with the disease. The Sickle Cell Disease Awareness initiative, which was launched this sorority year, seeks to improve awareness about the painful and debilitating effects of SCD and currently available treatments.