2011 Youth Health SummitYouth Health Summits

Goal

To bring attention to health and social issues of concern to underserved and underrepresented middle school youth living in rural and urban counties in southeastern North Carolina. 

Purpose

Youth will participate in interactive health promotion programs, communicate with health professionals and educators, and learn about careers in the health professions.

Activities

Youth participate in interactive health promotion programs, communicate with health professionals and educators, and learn about health professional careers. Middle school students are encouraged to attend or either selected by guidance counselors or teachers who have an interest in health careers, youth health issues, or educating other youth in their communities. The SON partners with health educators, independent consultants, diverse health agencies, southeastern middle schools, and community groups to host annual youth health summits. Some of the topics have included: teen obesity, adolescent pregnancy, gang resistance, substance abuse and tobacco awareness and prevention, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and physical activity and fitness. Each year students were also introduced to nursing and other health careers through open forums, interactive sessions, and poster presentations.

Program Outcomes

Partnerships/Consultants/Educators

Funding

The annual youth summits have been funded by a grant from the NC GlaxoSmithKline (external link)(2008, 2009, & 2010) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows (external link) program (2011).

Past Youth Health Summits

2009 YHS Pictures 2010 YHS Pictures 2011 YHS Pictures

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