The Links, Incorporated is one of the oldest international service organizations with 288 chapters and a membership of nearly 15,000 professional women of color, connected in friendship and purposeful service.

The Archway (MO) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated proudly promotes civic, cultural, educational and social justice activities for the benefit of the larger community. Serving others fosters fellowship and the pursuit of common goals for chapter members. Under the leadership of chapter President E. Denise Smith, 57 dynamic women dedicate themselves to enriching the lives of others.

Supporting and improving educational outcomes for African American students in the St. Louis region has been and continues to be a priority for the chapter. Over $70,000 in Community Service Scholarships have been awarded to deserving college bound high school graduates.

A strong partnership with Marian Middle School allows the chapter to tailor impactful programming for students attending the only all-girls, private, faith based middle school in St. Louis. Creative activities and field trips foster career exploration, STEAM education, social justice, healthy lifestyle and social media safety.

The chapter is committed to increasing awareness about the devasting impact of Human Trafficking in both the sex trade and the labor market. The chapter and Webster University have planned multiple panel discussions on the subject. And members offer sisterly support for women fleeing the industry.

The chapter is proud of the umbrella programming developed for The Women’s Safe House (TWSH), a local non-profit providing safe shelter and support services for battered women and their dependent children.

The Archway (MO) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is recognized locally, regionally, and nationally for its excellent programming. The chapter is featured in the 2019 Best Practices Book for the Central Area of the Links, Incorporated.

A Public Health Symposium

Guest Speaker, Mati Hlatshwayo Davis, MD

  • Board Certified in Infectious Diseases
  • Associate Program Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program and Clinical Instructor, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Member of the St. Louis Pandemic Task Force
  • National and international medical contributor on COVID-19 featured on CNN, The BBC, Al Jazeera and MSNBC

Presenter, Alison Nash, MD

  • Board Certified in Pediatric Medicine
  • Community Pediatrician, WUCA Nash Pediatrics
  • Medical Director, Healthy Kids Express, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and BJC
  • Member Archway (MO) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

Facilitator, Darlean Cowan King, RN, MSN

  • Healthcare Consultant
  • Mental Health Nurse Clinician
  • Utilization Management Nurse Clinician
  • Member Archway (MO) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated