Chairmen: Lisa Hampton and Angela Pittman
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. promotes health awareness through programs in three areas that disproportionately affect the African American community.
African Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease but are less likely to be diagnosed. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Alzheimer’s Association have partnered to increase education, care and support resources in the African-American community, emphasizing the risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, care, and advocacy. The collaboration is designed to increase concern about Alzheimer’s disease and raise awareness of the Alzheimer’s Association and its mission.
Heart disease is the #1 killer for all Americans and stroke is the third leading cause of death, affecting African Americans. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has partnered with the American Heart Association to raise awareness and implement health-related activities about preventative measures to decrease the incidence of stroke and cardiovascular disease. Our and heart disease and stroke prevention awareness campaign emphasizes the importance of hypertension management, diet, and exercise.
Mental health problems and illness are real and disabling conditions that are experienced by 1 in 4 Americans. There are several disparities affecting mental health care for racial and ethnic minorities. Minorities have less access to mental health services; often receive poorer quality of mental health care when they do seek treatment; and are underrepresented in mental health research. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to raise awareness and health related activities to improve the quality of life for African American individuals and families who are impacted by mental conditions.