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The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education

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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Poe Center does a great job educating those within NC on all major health topics. The staff is professional and kind and the health education being provided is excellent. This is a wonderful organization with a great cause!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am really impressed by the quality of the Poe Center's outreach efforts. After years of hearing what a great job they have done bringing their "edutainment" modules to summer campters, I finally had a chance to see them in action myself. I participated in a "Drugs Uncovered" training that they provided at the Wake County Commons Building. I knew that I had signed up for a parent workshop on what to look for to know if your teen is doing drugs, and expected a 2-hour lecture. Instead, I walked into a huge training room where a real-size replica of a teen's room had been created. The knowledgeable and engaging health educator spent the next few hours pointing out how seemingly innocent items in the room could indicate drug use. (Who knew that 420 is significant?! If you're a parent and you don't know, you need to go to the next presentation!)