School of Nursing

2011 Youth Health SummitYouth Health Summits


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.


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


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

  • Since the first summit was conducted in 2008, nearly 1100 seventh- and eighth-grade students have participated, from eight NC counties, including: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Sampson.
  • Students were from diverse backgrounds (68% female; 41% White; 33% Black; 11% Hispanic; 15%-Other minority or biracial). All students were interested in health or health professional careers.
  • In four years, 2008-2011, more than 40 workshops and health education sessions were conducted at the summits.
  • 88% of students felt the program positively changed their feeling about health and careers in health.
  • 89% of the students wanted to attend a similar program; 85% would recommend the program to a peer.


  • Coastal Horizons (external link)
  • Empowerment Exchange, Kwain Bryant, CEO/Senior Consultant
  • Laney High School, Health Occupations Students of America
  • Liberty University School of Nursing, Nurse Educator Practicum Program (Heidi Winslow, RN)
  • New Hanover County, AIDS Care and Education Services
  • New Hanover County Public Health Department (external link)
  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center (external link) (Pharmacy, Social Work, Nursing, Trauma Services)
  • Pearls Girls Academy
  • Shaper, Inc., Travis Corpening, Founder
  • Topsail High School Health Sciences Academy Students
  • UNCW Chapter, American Assembly of Men in Nursing
  • UNCW College of Health and Human Services (Obesity Prevention Program, School of Social Work)
  • UNCW CROSSROADS (external link), Substance Abuse Prevention Program
  • UNCW Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Wilmington Health Access for Teens (external link)


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

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