The NATIONAL TRENDS AND SERVICES Facet is tasked with eliminating disparities by reducing barriers to resources through advocacy, education, and service.
Our chapters are empowered to raise their voices and transform the communities in which they work. The facet’s goals include increasing the number of sustainable and measurable programs; increasing collaborative partnerships; and extending our existing initiatives to include communities identified as having the greatest need.
Currently, NATIONAL TRENDS AND SERVICES encompasses the following programs and committees with national partners and sponsors, and serves as a catalyst for change, promoting individual and community empowerment.
Jerusalem House Conflict Resolution Workshops Wanting to provide information that directly responded to the needs of the population we were serving, the conflict resolution discussion topic was selected after extensive, preliminary meetings between our Facet members and program development team at Jerusalem House. For almost 25 years, Buckhead/Cascade City Chapter has nurtured the partnership with Jerusalem House and the sustained collaboration is at the center of our chapter’s mission and vision for community service.
As a part of its efforts to address health issues impacting Sustainable Futures for Women and Children of African Descent in a wholistic manner, the HHS facet conducted the first of two sessions regarding Conflict Resolution with residents of Jerusalem House. While conflict is inevitable, it can be both positive and negative in its impact on mental health. Having the tools to resolve conflicts in healthy ways aids in the mental health of those involved.
The January 13, 2020 event kicked off with a healthy meal because a healthy mind starts with a full stomach. After introductions and icebreaker exercises, facet member Dr. Angela Farris Watkins, Spelman College professor and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., led the residents and Link members in attendance in an engaging, interactive, practical discussion of everyday stressors. She then presented on Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Six Principles of Nonviolence” as an approach to conflict resolution and how to create a kinder, more peaceful living and work environment. Program Facet members and Jerusalem House residents discussed hypothetical conflicts and the application of the six principles to these situations. Dr. Watkins also provided copies of the children’s book she authored about the six principles.