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The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Graduate & Professional Schools, Health, Health Care

Mission: The mission of the Poe Center for Health Education is to educate and empower North Carolina children, youth and their families to make choices that increase positive health behaviors.

Results: Since opening in Raleigh in 1991, the Poe Center has educated more than 850,000 participants from 76 counties using innovative teaching theaters, exhibits and offsite programs.

Target demographics: All North Carolina children, youth and their families

Programs: The center provides the state of nc with a curriculum which enhances the public school curriculum, compliments other community health resources and addresses the community's health education needs.

in an effort to increase healthy nutrition and physical activity with eligible individuals and those who receive supplemental nutrition assistance, the poe center provides education on healthy dietary habits and the importance of physical activity through direct education sessions, policies, systems and environmental changes, as well as social marketing initiatives.

in and effort to reduce substance use initiation and address risk factors, the substance abuse prevention programs provide evidence based programming that is ongoing for opportunity youth and one time programming for universal populations throughout wake county. Additionally, educational programming is offered to tobacco merchants.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a teacher whose third grade class came to the center on a field trip. The professionalism and and enthusiasim of the employees at the Poe Health center is unparelleled. They do a fantastic job of engaging students and tailoring their programs to meet specific classroom needs. We are lucky to have this in our community!

Lilian C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great facility staffed with engaging educators. My son's third grade class had a great time in their sessions - Bones & Joints, The Brain, and Healthy Foods. The subject matter was covered in their classroom and reinforced with this field trip. I hope every child in Wake County has an opportunity to explore the Poe center - interactive learning in a fun environment.


Client Served

Rating: 4

The Parent Resource Center at Wilson Families in Action contracted The Poe Center to offer 2 presentations at a recent community-wide event that we sponsored. The adult program, "Drugs Uncovered: What Parents Need to Know" offered an excellent opportunity for parents to be educated on what their kids face each and every day. This program included a "mock bedroom" which our participants stated was "eye-opening" and "very educational". The Center also presented "For the Health of It" for our middle-schoolers who attended the event. The kids learned about how drugs and alcohol effects a young person's body and brain. The presenters were wonderful and did a great job! Everyone should have the opportunity to experience the Poe Center's offerings. NC is fortunate to have The Poe Center and it's offerings!


Client Served

Rating: 5

My children have all benefitted from programming at the Poe Health Center. Without a doubt, the field trip to the Poe Center is always anticipated and results in lots of suggestions for mom and dad! I highly recommend the Poe Center for school groups, clubs, or just a family affair.