Bronx Alumnae Hosts a Virtual “pink Goes Red” Experience
Submitted by Karen Skinner-Parkes
On Feb. 5, 2021, chapters of Bronx Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (BXACDST) and Eta Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Eta Omega Omega) partnered for the annual Healthy Heart Pink Goes Red program. This was the seventh year that Bronx Alumnae partnered with Eta Omega Omega Chapter, and third year under the leadership of Althea Kitchens, President of Bronx Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Sorority, Inc. and Donna Joseph, President of Eta Omega Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many challenges occurred during the process to make this an educational and interactive journey virtually. As women who value the importance of educating the Bronx community, we pressed forward and created a welcoming cybernetic environment.
The program was advertised utilizing a “TikTok” video featuring committee members of both chapters, and ending with a Presidential PSA from the leadership of both sorority organizations. Also, participants were guided by the chapters’ fliers to sign-up for the event through Eventbrite and for a pre-event step challenge and raffle. More than 275 participants registered and a total of 195 people attended the live event. The guests included community members from the Bronx, the Tri-State area, and nationwide, including Delta members from Georgia, USA. Amy Williams-Larkins, Health & Wellness Committee Chair (BXAC); Erin Warner (BXAC), Healthy Heart Program Lead; and Ebere O. Nwankpa, Health & Wellness Committee Co-Chair, along with Program Lead & Chairs from the Eta Omega Omega chapter assembled a panel of health professionals to virtually exchange information and provide an interactive Q&A session.
The panelist included Sheila Richburg, RN, Diabetes Clinical Specialist (BXAC), Dr. Minnette Francis-Hayden, eye specialist and nutritional / health coach (BXAC), Susan Billinghurst – Hamlet, RN from Morris Heights Medical Center. All presenters mutually discussed the effects of diabetes as it relates to the overall health of the heart, eyes and its effects on the body. A personal account was given by panelist Billinghurst-Hamlet as she recounted her experience of having a heart attack. Also, Dr. Regina Syphertt (Eta Omega Omega), reviewed the pathophysiologic effects of cholesterol and fat on the heart and blood vessels.
Following the medical presentation, Latrell Mitchell Eta Omega Omega) provided a guided meditation demonstration for the virtual audience, and then a food demonstration by Chef Jewel Johnson was given. Chef Jewel Johnson instructed guests on how to make a healthy Chocolate Mousse snack, and offered vegan substations during her preparation. The audience was given a brief break to get ready for an active Zumba workout. At completion of the program, the participants completed a survey, and were given both chapter’s websites to engage in future events.
Participants were primarily female (98%), which was the target audience. The focus of heart health and disease reminded the audience that heart disease plagues women nationally. Though it is a prevalent issue for both men and women, for the last three decades more women have suffered and succumbed to this disease than men. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing 1-in-3 deaths per year. Additionally, with the Bronx, being the unhealthiest county (ranked #62 of 62) of New York State, health disease is a prevalent issue in the community.
*Chef Jewel Johnson
Submitted by Karen Skinner-Parkes On Feb. 5, 2021, chapters of Bronx Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (BXACDST) and Eta Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Eta Omega Omega) partnered for the annual Healthy Heart Pink Goes Red program. This was the seventh year that Bronx Alumnae partnered with Eta …