PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH
Concerns about America’s physical and mental health have not escaped the sorority and Delta’s work in prevention and “wellness” has translated into health education, health fairs and provision of health care services. As an organization of predominately African-American women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is uniquely positioned to impact not only the well-being of its members, but also the well-being of families and communities at-large. Our national and regional initiatives focus on self-care, physical fitness, emotional wellness, and preventing domestic intimate partner violence. Through strategic partnerships with the March of Dimes, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, and American Cancer Society, we access resources to educate communities regarding health issues and contribute funds to their work. The Midwest Region has also compiled the attached Mental Health directory for providers serving the communities in the Midwest Region of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., which includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the Canadian Province of Ontario.
In recent years, our chapter has focused on raising awareness of chronic illnesses in African-American families such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, mental health issues, diabetes, and kidney disease. We annually participate in the St. Jude Walk to end childhood cancer and have provided community education on organ donation. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have recognized essential workers with encouragement and meals to support their physical and mental health. We also have partnered with local organizations to sponsor and participate in health fairs. Our chapter invites you to join us on a journey of self-care and making healthy lifestyle choices to positively improve your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.