Welcome to the Linked in Learning, Connected in Conversation Podcast. Each episode will delve into critical issues impacting the lives of people of African descent. Inspiring thought leaders representing a myriad of fields will lend their expertise for your education and your entertainment.

Episode 01: The Intersection of COVID-19 and Black Lives

February 11, 2022

In this episode National President Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, Ph.D., sits down with Links members Yvonne Turner Johnson, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer, South Miami Hospital; Andrea Jackson Gavin, director of engagement and scholarship, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library; and Dzidra Junior, vice president of business development of YMCA of the Rockies to explore the intersection of COVID-19 and Black lives. Together the four women discuss the virus, the vaccines, and the varying perspectives that have driven wedges between many families, friends, and members of the Black community.

Episode 2: At the Heart of the Matter: Black Women and Cardiovascular Disease

February 28, 2022

In this episode, National President Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, Ph.D., discusses the number one health risk affecting black women – cardiovascular disease. Joining the conversation are Links members Kelly Epps Anderson, M.D., medical director, Women’s Cardiovascular Health Center, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, and president-elect of the American Heart Association, Washington Region; heart attack survivor, Jennifer Donelan, director of communications, District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Service; and Mary Clark, senior public health specialist and national chair, Heartlinks. Our esteemed guests share their experience and expertise, with a special focus on the specific risk factors affecting black women as well as initiatives The Links, Incorporated has launched in partnership with the American Heart Association and local communities to foster and encourage physical activity and heart health awareness.