Adolescent Health Resource Center: Youth Public Health Advisor Program

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Welcome! We are so excited that you are interested in joining our youth network as a Youth Public Health Advisor. We are now accepting applications.

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 teens?

NCPH impacts teen 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 for teens
  • Helps teens 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 teens like substance use, injury and violence, and suicide

What is a Youth Public Health Advisor?

Now that you know a little more about what NCPH does to keep teens and communities healthy, we want your feedback and voice. As we work to create programs, campaigns, or educate others about teen 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 Public Health Advisor will help shape the way we approach and improve teen health statewide.

What is the Youth Network?

As a Youth Public Health Advisor, you will be a member of our youth network. Think of our youth network as a private directory of youth members (accessible only by our approved staff) where public health staff can share opportunities for you to provide feedback, participate in a speaking engagement, and more based on your own personal interests, availability, and location. There may also be opportunities for you to share with other youth in the network about work you may be doing with a local group in your community as well as potential leadership opportunities like conferences you may be invited to attend.  No opportunities are required or guaranteed as a Youth Public Health Advisor. There are no required dates or activities associated with this program. Staff will contact you as opportunities become available and you may choose whether to participate.

How do I join?

To become a Youth Public Health Advisor, please complete and submit this form. Please note that if your application is accepted your parent will be required to sign a permission form.

Parents/Guardians: Please note you are encouraged to provide an email address to be copied on any and all communication sent from NCPH to your teen.

Please contact Rachel Zarcone with any questions.

Adolescent Health Resource Center

Last Modified: June 18, 2019