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Physical & Mental Health

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. To facilitate this effort, the Health Task Force was launched to provide concentrated expertise and focus on the Physical and Mental Health aspect of our Five-Point Programmatic Thrust.

As a member of the National Task Force, Beta Psi was among the first chapters in the nation to have a cooperative arrangement between medical/dental colleges and high schools to promote the interest of minority students in medical careers. A culminating activity was the presentation of “Code Blue,” a minority recruitment film, to Oregon Health Sciences University. The film was produced at Howard University in 1974.


Portland Alumnae Chapter has continued to address Physical and Mental Health issues through past and current projects/programs and health summits including:

  • Mental health

  • Impact of hypertension among blacks

  • Teenage pregnancy in the black community

  • Status of blacks in the health professions

  • Alcohol, drugs and AIDS community education

  • Seniors medication and record tracking project

  • Immunization of young children, ages 2 months to two years

  • Clinical depression

  • HIV/AIDS prevention

  • BART- Becoming A Responsible TeenHIV/AIDS & Sexual Education & Awareness

  • Support of the Susan G. Komen’s annual Race for the Cure

  • Support of the African American Health Coalition Wellness Walk 

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