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-February 2016: WHAT receives challenge grant from the Rite Aid Foundation Big Hearts Give Challenge. The challenge involved asking community members to become a wellness+ member and designate WHAT as their charity of choice. We were honored to say, through this campaign, we had over 25 designations and received $7,500 to support the health and well-being of adolescents and families right here — THANK YOU!

-March 17, 2016: The Power of the Purse Silent Auction and Raffle was held at the Country Club of Landfall. Guests bid on spectacular silent auction items donated by boutiques, retailers and individuals dedicated to making a difference in our community. Much needed funds to support comprehensive primary medical care and mental health services for our community’s teens and young adults whose access to care is often tenuous and may otherwise be limited. WHAT is grateful to the super team of sponsors, volunteers, board members & all of our very generous silent auction donors – Presenting Sponsor : Coastal Horizons Center; Co-Hosts: Acupuncture Associates,Denise & Joe Szaloky, Parkway Volvo Subaru Hyundai of Wilmington; Evening Bag Sponsors: Belk Independence Mall, BOSS, Comfortable Soles, Dillard’s, The Julia, Wilma magazine; Friends & Supporters: Azalea Limousine, United Way of the Cape Fear Area, John W. Davis, III, L.S. “Bo” Dean, Jr., Dr. and Mrs. William McMillan, Port City Java – Cafes, Coffee Houses and Roastery & StarNews; and the many, many silent auction donors – thank you!

-March 2016: Wilmington Health Access for Teens (WHAT) and Coastal Horizons Center Inc. entered into a management agreement to work together in serving the adolescents and families of the community with high demand primary, mental health services and risk reduction education. Integrating both organizations’ services, care, and resources effectively position us to serve as one of the most comprehensive and strongest integrated health care providers serving adolescents in the region. Together, we can provide patient-centered experience through innovation initiatives intended to increase hope, healing, recovery, optimal wellness and connectivity for all patients and their families. The final merger between the two organizations will take place on or before July 1st. WHAT and Coastal Horizons have had a long history of working together in providing access to health education, mental health counseling and primary care services to adolescents and their families. The WHAT Board of Directors and its leadership are excited about the increased opportunities to  better serve the community by joining Coastal Horizons Center. As one entity, we will have greater impact and broader reach in our community,” said Joy Grady, Executive Director of WHAT. “Collaborations, mergers and acquisitions are a growing trend in the healthcare industry, and Coastal Horizons Center and WHAT are excited about the opportunities to create greater efficiencies and effectiveness in our delivery of healthcare services, such as developing a more robust electronic medical record (EMR) as well as continued delivery of evidenced based practices to better improve the outcomes for both the adult and adolescent populations we serve. Our Board of Trustees and Management are committed to ensuring the continued viability and sustainability of these two organizations,” said Margaret Weller-Stargell, President and CEO of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc.


-May 31, 2015: WHAT recognized in the Women’s Impact Network of New Hanover County (WIN) Star News article. Learn more here! 

-July 2015: WHAT is proud to partner with the Blue Ribbon Commission to Prevent Youth Violence’s Youth Enrichment Zone (YEZ) Summer Initiative this summer at D.C. Virgo! The goal is to provide youth access to a summer program focused on academically and culturally-enriching activities while working to eliminate summer learning loss and narrowing the achievement gap. WHAT will provide educational and prevention activities that focus on social skills, communication, healthy relationships, and other important topics—all strengthening protective factors that increase an adolescents’ emotional and mental wellbeing. We are thankful for the opportunity to work with the students and program staff. Visit here for more information.

-July 2015: WHAT’s Lead Counselor, Shanna Dickens, interviewed by WWAY-TV3 for story on suicide rates. Read more now.

-August 6, 2015: WHAT’s Board of Directors, Community Outreach Committee, invited organizations serving youth to a Lunch & Learn –What is WHAT? WHAT is grateful for the opportunity to work organizations such as Coastal Horizons, Cape Fear Community College, Miller Motte, New Hanover County Schools, UNCW, Girl Scouts and area churches. We are very encouraged by new relationships that enable us to continue to provide much-needed medical, mental health and health education services. Visit here to view photos!

-September 15, 2015: Flu Shots are Here! Call WHAT on Oleander or visit your Wellness Center on campus at Ashley, Laney, or New Hanover High School. Don’t let the flu get you, make your appointment today!

-September 25, 2015: WHAT receives grant from the Cape Fear Rotary Club to support healthy teens in our community! Cape Fear Rotary – Jungle Rapids is an active, charitable organization whose members devote time and energy to raise funds for Wilmington community projects. For photos visit WHAT’s Facebook page here.

-September 26 & 27: WHAT is very grateful for the energy and dedication of Amber Banta, medical provider at WHAT’s Wellness Center in Ashley High School and WHAT on Oleander, and a great group of volunteers from The Bridge Church who generously donated their time painting! WHAT appreciates our Board of Directors, Committee Members, and volunteers who make a difference every day in our community – thank you! For photos visit WHAT’s Facebook page here.


-June 6, 2014: WHAT’s Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Kristen Williamson, and Licensed Professional Counselor, Paul Davis, were featured in a Star News article about mental health in adolescents. Check it out here

-November 7, 2014: What’s WHAT? Our Executive Director, Joy Grady, spoke with Star News about who we are, what we do, and more. Read more about it here!

-November 11, 2014: WHAT received a grant from the Landfall Foundation. Read more about it here! 



Sun & Heat Safety: Tips for Summer Health!

Got water? A new study found that most teens don’t drink enough water. In fact, one-quarter of a broad cross-section of those age 6 to 19 apparently don’t drink any water at all. Stay healthy by staying hydrated – learn more now!