Effecting Positive Changes in the Norfolk Community


67th Chapter Anniversary Celebration and Artful Extravaganza

Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard

17th National President of the Links, Incorporated

Dr. Kimberly L. Jeffries Leonard has a life-long commitment to public service exemplified throughout her successful professional, academic and civic endeavors. Dr. Jeffries Leonard is currently the 17th National President of The Links, Incorporated and The Links Foundation, Incorporated.

Dr. Jeffries Leonard serves as President and CEO of Envision Consulting, LLC, a boutique public health consulting firm specializing in strategic and innovative executive level solutions for public, private and government entities, including strategic planning, program design and implementation, and program/systems assessment and evaluation. Most recently, Dr. Jeffries Leonard was appointed Chair of the Commission on African American Affairs by Washington, D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser. Prior to launching her own business, she held various executive level positions within the Washington, D.C. public health sector, including federal, private and local government entities.

Dr. Jeffries Leonard has over 30 years of applied health and behavioral medicine research, evaluation, and technical assistance and training experience specializing in health promotion and disease prevention. Her broad background in public health includes expertise in minority and women’s health, and behavioral health programs, policies and related legislation; with subject matter expertise in substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease, health disparities, tribal issues and reentry. Dr. Jeffries Leonard has served as spokeswoman for federal and state government initiatives and a number of organizations with interests related to public health.

Dr. Jeffries Leonard earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology from Howard University, a Master of Science degree in Psychology from North Carolina Central University and Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Fayetteville State University. She completed a National Institutes of Minority Health pre-doctoral fellowship at The George Washington University Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences examining chronic disease and family systems; a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute post-doctoral fellowship at the Howard University Cancer Center, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics studying cardiovascular and cancer epidemiology; and a Graduate Summer Program in Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Dr. Jeffries Leonard is the recipient of numerous honors, awards and recognitions, including the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) Alumni of the Year Award from her alma mater, Fayetteville State University, AARP "African American Change Maker" and National Health Leader, the Women in Excellence Reaching Higher Award by the Afro American Newspaper and the Chancellor’s Medallion, Fayetteville State’s highest honor bestowed on an Alum. Dr. Leonard's extensive community service includes Director-at-Large on the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc. Board of Directors, Vice President of Administration and member of the Board of Directors of the Black Women’s Agenda, Inc., an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, a member of the Washington DC chapter of Jack and Jill of America and a ruling Elder at 15th Street Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Dr. Jeffries Leonard is married to DC FEMS Battalion Fire Chief (Retired) Stephen V. Leonard and they are the proud parents of two sons, Victor and Alexander.

Source: Bio.of Dr. Jeffries Leonard

For additional information:  Please contact Sheliah Cobb, Committee Chair at skjeffcobb@gmail.com

The Links, Incorporated Oral Health Initiative

Campostella Elementary School

Colgate Van Visit

November 8, 2018

On Thursday November 8th the HHS Facet in partnership with Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Future Program arranged for the Colgate Dental Van to visit Campostella Elementary School and provide free dental screening to 73 second and third graders.

Colgate's mobile dental vans measure 32 feet long, nearly the size of a mobile home, and features friendly visuals to help create a fun and less intimidating dental ‘screening experience’ to kids in rural and urban communities.

With two child-sized dental chairs aboard, the volunteer dental professionals were able to screen two children at a time. The average dental screening lasts approximately two minutes. The second and third graders received free dental check-ups, treatment referrals (if needed), and learning materials that included a tube of Colgate kid’s toothpaste, a Colgate kids toothbrush and brushing instructions.

Our 2 volunteer dental health professionals were Dr. William Walls and Dr. Daniel Cox.

On site we had 8 Links Volunteers, but the whole chapter was involved in securing dental health professionals and making sure we had photo documentation and publicity.

Three of our “My Life Matters” participants came through the van to get screened.

A big thank you to the volunteers who helped make our mobile dental van a success!

For more information contact:

Valerie Harvey and DeeDee Boone, Health and Human Services Facet Co-Chairs @valerieharvey10@gmail.com or ddfboone@gmail.com

Power to End Stroke

3rd Annual Jazz Brunch

The Norfolk (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated hosted its third annual Power to End Stroke Jazz Brunch and Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Murray Center in Norfolk, Virginia.  This event was co-sponsored with the American Heart Association, Bon Secours Neuroscience Center, Sentara Health Systems and News WTKR.  The Co-chairs of the Health and Human Services Facet, Patricia King, MD (King and Associates, Psychological Services) and Beverly Roberts-Atwater, MD (Director of Residency Fellowship, EVMS School of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine) spearheaded this event.  Ms. Jessica Larche, news anchor of WTKR-TV gave the opening remarks.  Ms. Larche shared her personal weight loss journey with the audience.    

The Brunch included breakout sessions “Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of a Stroke Patient” presented by Beverly Roberts-Atwater, MD, “Psychology of a Stroke Patient and their Caregiver” presented by Patricia King, MD, “Simple Cooking with Heart Demonstration by Chef Dedra Blount, lead chef for the American Heart Association Mobile Kitchen, and “Minorities and Stroke” by Dr. Bryant Ramirez.   Participants also were able to have their blood pressure screened.  The featured speaker was Dr. Armistead Williams who is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Dr. Williams is Stroke Director at Bon Secours DePaul Hospital.  After lunch, the attendees heard a testimonial by stroke survivor, Tyree Russell.  The music was provided by Elements Band.              

The American Heart Association is a National Partner of the Links, Incorporated.  A representative from the national office attended this brunch.  The American Heart Association provided gift bags for each participant that included tips on identifying the signs and symptoms of a stroke, a recipe book with heart healthy meals, and tips for improving cardiovascular health.  The Norfolk (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated provided logistical and financial support, facilitated workshops, and registered attendees.

For Additional Information:

Contact Patricia King, M.D., Health and Human Services Facet Chair, patkingmd@aol.com

Get ready for an exciting conference.  Deadline for registration April 10, 2019 at 11:59 PM

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