Poe Center 2024 Annual Meeting & Conference

September 4, 2024 - September 6, 2024 5:30 pm - 11:00 am

Students standing in the Poe Center's MindWELL Garden and Labyrinth practicing the 5-4-3-2-1 mental wellness activity. There is text on the image that reads

2024 Annual Meeting and Conference

2024 Annual Meeting and Conference

Save the Dates

September 4-6, 2024

Registration opens in June.

Save the Dates

September 4-6, 2024

Registration opens in June.

Schedule of Events   |    Meet the Keynote Speaker    |    Meet the Panelists (Coming Soon)    |    Meet our Sponsors

Join the Poe Center in our continued efforts to support the mental health and well-being of youth. The Poe Center’s 2024 annual conference will focus on emerging information on youth mental health and well-being, the impact, and what we all can do about it. Hear from experts in the field who are problem-solving and taking steps to help young people stay safe and experience healthy development, and who will give guidance on how to support our youth every day and in times of high need.

Join the Poe Center in our continued efforts to support the mental health and well-being of youth. The Poe Center’s 2024 annual conference will focus on emerging information on youth mental health and well-being, the impact, and what we all can do about it. Hear from experts in the field who are problem-solving and taking steps to help young people stay safe and experience healthy development, and who will give guidance on how to support our youth every day and in times of high need.

According to the most recent North Carolina Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 

According to the most recent North Carolina Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 

43% of high school students statewide felt sad or hopeless almost every day for two or more weeks in a row and stopped doing some usual activities.

10% attempted suicide, and
22% seriously considered attempting suicide.

Suicide was the leading cause of death in 2020 in children ages 10-14.

Yet there are things we can do to support our youth in our communities, at school, and at home.

Yet there are things we can do to support our youth in our communities, at school, and at home.

Teen Mental Health First Aid empowers teens to help their peers and communities. In 2020 before the course, 59% of teens felt confident about helping a friend in need. After taking the course, 94% felt confident about helping a friend in need. When asked 6 months later after Teen Mental Health First Aid 57% of teens reported encountering a peer experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. 88% of those teens reported using their new skills to help their peers. 

Teen Mental Health First Aid empowers teens to help their peers and communities. In 2020 before the course, 59% of teens felt confident about helping a friend in need. After taking the course, 94% felt confident about helping a friend in need. When asked 6 months later after Teen Mental Health First Aid 57% of teens reported encountering a peer experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. 88% of those teens reported using their new skills to help their peers. 

The conference empowers attendees with knowledge, tools, and resources that they use to make a difference, and raises money in support of the Poe Center’s mission and work.

If you or someone you know is struggling or needs support now, call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org

Logo for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. It is a box outlined in black that reads

If you or someone you know is struggling or needs support now, call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org

Logo for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. It is a box outlined in black that reads

Events:

V.I.P. Reception & Annual Meeting
Wednesday, September 4, 2024
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by TowneBank, Raleigh, NC

Join us for networking, food, drinks, and fun! The Poe Center’s Annual Meeting is part of the event. We recognize incoming and outgoing Board Members and honor community members who contribute to children’s health and education in North Carolina. 

Professional Development Opportunities
Thursday, September 5, 2024
Poe Center for Health Education, Raleigh, NC

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.   Youth Mental Health First Aid

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.       Question. Persuade. Refer.

Conference attendees are invited to participate in the Poe Center’s effective mental wellness trainings. Limited spaces available. 

Health Education Conference with Keynote and Moderated Panel
Friday, September 6, 2024
7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
UNC Health Rex, Heart and Vascular Hospital Auditorium, Raleigh, NC

The conference addresses health issues in North Carolina and how the Poe Center makes an impact. It features breakfast, networking, keynote speaker, expert panel and time for you to consider how you’ll use the information day-to-day. Attendees will learn a variety of perspectives and be empowered with knowledge and new ideas. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn how they can make an impact on the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians, and how they can make a difference within their own spheres of influence.

Events:

V.I.P. Reception & Annual Meeting
Wednesday, September 4, 2024
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by TowneBank, Raleigh, NC

Join us for networking, food, drinks, and fun! The Poe Center’s Annual Meeting is part of the event. We recognize incoming and outgoing Board Members and honor community members who contribute to children’s health and education in North Carolina. 

Professional Development Opportunities
Thursday, September 5, 2024
Poe Center for Health Education, Raleigh, NC

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Youth Mental Health First Aid

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Question. Persuade. Refer.

Conference attendees are invited to participate in the Poe Center’s effective mental wellness trainings. Limited spaces available. 

Health Education Conference with Keynote and Moderated Panel
Friday, September 6, 2024
7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
UNC Health Rex, Heart and Vascular Hospital Auditorium, Raleigh, NC

The conference addresses health issues in North Carolina and how the Poe Center makes an impact. It features breakfast, networking, keynote speaker, expert panel and time for you to consider how you’ll use the information day-to-day. Attendees will learn a variety of perspectives and be empowered with knowledge and new ideas. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn how they can make an impact on the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians, and how they can make a difference within their own spheres of influence.

Keynote Speaker

Victor Armstrong, MSW

Vice President of Health Equity & Engagement with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Keynote Speaker

Victor Armstrong, MSW

Vice President of Health Equity & Engagement with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

We are delighted to welcome Victor Armstrong as the keynote speaker for the Poe Center’s 2024 annual conference.

In his professional career spanning over 30 years, Mr. Armstrong has held many prestigious roles including serving as North Carolina’s inaugural Chief Health Equity Officer; Director of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Use Services; and Vice President of Behavioral Health with Atrium Health, NC’s largest hospital system. He has worked as an AFSP volunteer on eliminating stigma and spreading the word that no one should “suffer in silence.” Mr. Armstrong has been the recipient of numerous awards including an award from Mental Health America Outstanding Mental Health Leadership. Read Mr. Armstrong’s full bio here.

We are delighted to welcome Victor Armstrong as the keynote speaker for the Poe Center’s 2024 annual conference.

In his professional career spanning over 30 years, Mr. Armstrong has held many prestigious roles including serving as North Carolina’s inaugural Chief Health Equity Officer; Director of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Use Services; and Vice President of Behavioral Health with Atrium Health, NC’s largest hospital system. He has worked as an AFSP volunteer on eliminating stigma and spreading the word that no one should “suffer in silence.” Mr. Armstrong has been the recipient of numerous awards including an award from Mental Health America Outstanding Mental Health Leadership. Read Mr. Armstrong’s full bio here.

Sponsors

 

Presenting


Diamond

UNC Health logo.


PlatinumDuke Health Logo. The text reads "DukeHealth". It is duke-blue. There is a blue box symbol in the shape of a U.

Logo for Towne Bank. All illustrated in black, on the left there is a circle wreath around the letter "T" then to the right it is spelled out "Towne Bank".


Gold

WakeMed Children's Logo. There is text that reads "WakeMed Children's" and a Red circle that has a white cutout in the shape of a curved 6 pointed star.

 

The logo for Wyrick Robbins. In a large grey square the letters "W" and "r" are in white. Below the box are the words "wyrick" in grey and "robbins" in a navy blue.

 

Logo that reads "Vaya Health". The text is in a dark and light blue. There are triangles that makeup up the logo that spell VAYA


Silver

 

The Womble Bond Dickinson Logo. Two yellow circle motifs intertwine on the left of the logo. The text on the right reads "Womble Bond Dickinson"

 

Wake County Health and Human Services Logo. It is a square box with a navy blue wave at the top with a white star near the top left. There are then two brown waves below that. The text below the waves reads "Wake County North Carolina"


Bronze


Friend

The Chambers Life logo. On the right is a grey symbol with a swirl in the middle and three lines forming the rough shape of a K. The text on the logo reads "ChambersLife.com"


Table

– Trey Adams –
– Amy Amerson –
Cheryl Brewer –
Paul Fogleman –
Baker Freiberg
Megan Lumley –
Kelli McGonagle


Print

Event Sponsors

 

Host Sponsors

 

Greensboro College Department of Kinesiology

 

Poe Center for Health Education

 


WakeMed Children’s

 

Diamond Sponsors

UNC Health

 

Platinum Sponsors

Duke Raleigh Hospital

 

Gold Sponsors

 

Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine Alliance

 

Pinnacle Financial Partners

 

The Strategic Difference

 

Silver Sponsors

 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

 

Schell Bray PLLC

 

Thomas J. Rollins, CPA

 

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

 

Wyrick Robbins

 

Bronze Sponsors

 

AT&T

 

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA)

 

French/West/Vaughan

 

North State Bank

 

 

TowneBank

 

Friend Sponsors

 

Atlas Stark Holdings, LLC

 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
York Simpson Underwood Realty

 

City of Oaks Marathon

 

Jones Insurance Agency, Inc.

 

Table Sponsors

 

Williams Realty & Building Co., Inc.

 

– Trey Adams –

 

– Amy Amerson –

 

– Curt Ladig –

 

– Megan Lumley –

 

– Mary Willoughby –

 

Print Sponsor

 

Joseph C. Woodard Printing Company

 

VIP Food Sponsor

 

Empire Eats

 

Dessert Sponsor

 

Amoroso’s Bakery

 

VIP Beverage Sponsor

 

– Dr. Marilu Thordsen-Velez –

Poe Center 2024 Annual Meeting & Conference

September 4, 2024 - September 6, 2024 5:30 pm - 11:00 am