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Welcome! The NC Division of Public Health Youth Health Advisor (YHA) Team is a group of youth from across the state interested in the health and wellbeing of North Carolina’s young people. The YHA Team is committed to providing our unique perspectives and voices in shaping how our state responds to youth health issues.

The Youth Health Advisor Team is accepting new member applications for the 2021-2022 year! Any young person ages 14 to 18 living in the state of NC is encouraged to apply. Please read this letter from our current YHA team for more information and complete an online application by August 27th, 2021.

Youth Health Advisor Team 2021-2022 Application

Youth Health Advisor Team COVID-19 Response

In the Summer of 2020, the YHA team created a video to encourage young people statewide to practice public heath safety against the COVID-19 virus.

In February 2021, the Youth Health Advisors released a survey to their peers statewide. This survey was designed to get feedback from young people on changes in their lives physically, socially, academically, and emotionally during the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Youth Health Advisor team is proud to release the report of these survey findings along with a video presentation. For more information or to contact the Youth Health Advisors, please email Rachel Zarcone at Rachel.Zarcone@dhhs.nc.gov.

One Year of COVID-19: North Carolina Youth Peer Survey Findings

Still have questions? See our FAQs below.

What is public health?

While a doctor treats people who are sick, public health tries to prevent people from getting sick or injured in the first place. Public health often works through promoting wellness and encouraging healthy behaviors. Prevention can happen in many ways; for example, vaccinating to prevent the spread of diseases, educating people about the risks of tobacco or alcohol, or spreading the word about how to stay healthy and giving science-based solutions to problems. You can visit the American Public Health Association to learn more about the public health field.

What does North Carolina Public Health do?

North Carolina Public Health (NCPH) works to promote and contribute to the highest possible level of health for the people of North Carolina statewide. NCPH disease prevention, health services and health promotion programs protect entire communities from communicable diseases, epidemics, and contaminated food and water as well as the impact of chronic and oral diseases.

How does the work that NCPH does impact youth health in NC?

NCPH impacts youth health in a variety of ways. Below are some examples.

  • Helps support school nurses statewide provide quality school nursing services
  • Supports school health centers to increase access to physical and mental health services
  • Helps young people learn the knowledge and skills need to take care of themselves including supporting programs that prevent teen pregnancy and support teen parents
  • Raises awareness and provides education on issues that impact young people like substance use, injury and violence, and suicide

What is a Youth Health Advisor?

Now that you know a little more about what NCPH does to keep NC youth and communities healthy, we want your feedback and voice. As we work to create programs, campaigns, or educate others about youth health, we need your opinion on what makes sense, what you like, and what is important to you. Your experiences and opinion as a Youth Health Advisor will help shape the way we approach and improve youth health statewide.

Youth Public Health Advisor Program

Last Modified: 07-08-2021