Health & Human Services
The goal of HHS is to promote and facilitate programs that support the maintenance of good health and the elimination of chronic health disparities in communities of color through education, health advocacy, and optimal utilization of health resources. Community education about health risks is crucial and The Links, Incorporated plays a significant role in providing it.
Oakland County (MI) Health & Human Services (HHS)
Field Trip To General Motors (GM) Orion Assembly Plant
HHS led Pontiac Middle School (PMS) 7th & 8th Grade Rising Star students on a field trip to GM Orion Assembly Plant on National Manufacturing Day. The purpose of the field trip was to expose the students to the many STEAM careers in the automotive industry. The GM Orion Assembly Plant manufactures the Chevrolet Sonic, Chevrolet Bolt Electric Vehicle and GM’s new Autonomous Vehicle (AV) which is driverless. The students got the opportunity to see how the different vehicles are assembled, body shop, paint shop and marriage of the body to the vehicle chassis. One of the highlights of the trip was two Rising Star students were interviewed live on the air by WJR’s Frank Beckman Show who was broadcasting from the plant in honor of National Manufacturing Day. The visit ended with a panel discussion of 3 young Engineers (2 African American) that shared their backgrounds, hobbies and how they became interested in Engineering and working with robots.
Oakland University Olympic Challenge
HHS sponsored an Olympic Challenge with the Pontiac School District students at Oakland University’s “Pontiac Day”, before the Oakland University Men’s Basketball Game. The Olympic Challenge included a variety of games and prizes for the students to stress the importance of exercise. HHS also sponsored another pregame activity entitled “Winter Wellness” at the Oakland University School of Medicine. The students participated in discussions about medical equipment, healthy relationships and healthy eating habits, culminating with a quilting project where students donated blankets to a non-profit organization of their choice.
Welcome Missionary Baptist Church Healthy Affair
Annual Community Service Event
The Oakland County (MI) Links have participated in the annual Welcome Missionary Baptist Church Healthy Affair for more than 10 years. The event is held every year in April for the Pontiac residents to receive a variety of medical services and food for free. Links donate food and manage the registration table for participants to sign in.