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Physical & Mental HEALTH Emphasizing Physical and Mental Health Through Online Resources Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Forms Partnership with National Library of Medicine BY CASSANDRA R. ALLEN AND CAROLYN MCCREA, M.S. Iaware that the African-American prevention, Delta Sigma Theta Soror-its chapters in educating their ser-vice areas about these illnesses andf you watch TV or read news-papers and magazines, you are community is affected with HIV/AIDS, ity, Inc. has collaborated with the Na- diabetes, hypertension and other tional Library of Medicine. chronic illnesses at alarmingly dis- “As conscientious Delta women cal library and one of the institutes proportionate rates. To better equip and leaders in our communities, of the National Institutes of Health these issues merit in the Department of Health and our attention,” said Human Services of the U.S. govern- Soror Cynthia M. A. ment. Since 1971, the NLM has made Butler-McIntyre, Na- health information available elec- tional President of the tronically and researchers in the U.S. 99-year-old public ser- and worldwide rely on the NLM’s vice organization. resources when conducting medical The Sorority’s Na- and science research. Also, the NLM tional Program Plan- has created a variety of free online ning and Development resources for the general public. Committee is working In this new collaboration, mem- with the NLM to dis- bers of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority seminate information will be introduced to these resources on health issues among and will learn how to use them and the sisterhood and the incorporate the information into the communities the orga- Sorority’s efforts to address mental nization serves. A spe- and physical health, one of the or- cial emphasis has been ganization’s programmatic thrusts. placed on issues such These resources contain an exten- as HIV/AIDS, which has sive amount of information, ranging an alarming incidence from defi nitions and overall health in African-American affect to prevention and treatment. women and girls. During the Sorority’s 2011 Re- The NLM is the gional Conference Cycle, a Program world’s largest medi- Lab was sponsored by the NLM for 70 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.


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