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RALEIGH, N.C. (May 1, 2024) – Wake County Public Libraries and WakeMed Health & Hospitals are partnering on a new program to provide parents and caregivers with tangible tips to keep kids safe, healthy and happy. Parenting with the Pros, a three-part, virtual series, kicks off in May.

“We are excited to collaborate with WakeMed to provide this important programming,” said Wake County Commissioner Vickie Adamson. “By tapping into the expertise of our partners, we can provide our community with access to invaluable resources and support.”

Attendees will hear from expert medical professionals on top-of-mind topics like mental health and sports safety. The program aims to help empower people with the knowledge they need to support the well-being of their teens and children.

The events are free, but registration is required. You can sign up for one or all of the following:

Teen Mental Health
Thursday, May 9
6:30–7:45 p.m.
Hear from Tyrone David, MSW, LCSW-A, on how to identify signs of depression and anxiety and how to recognize and address drug and alcohol use. He’ll discuss warning signs of suicidal thoughts, and why sleep and good nutrition are vital for the health of your teen.

Playing it Safe with Outdoor Adventures
Tuesday, June 4
6:30–7:45 p.m.
Keep your family happy and healthy this summer with tips from Dr. Damilola Joseph, MD FACEP, medical director of WakeMed Children’s Emergency Department. Whether your kids are into swimming, biking, skateboarding or hiking, you’ll learn how to encourage fun in the sun with an eye toward safety.

Sports Safety
Tuesday, July 9
6:30–7:45 p.m.
Learn tips and tricks to help keep your teen safe while they achieve their sports goals! Join Dr. Mark Wood, orthopedic sports medicine surgeon from Wake Orthopedics, a WakeMed Physician Practice, for guidance and a Q&A session to help make your child’s sports experience a fun and safe one. No matter the sport, you will gain tools to help you along the way.
“Wake County Public Libraries is focused on growing our impact and providing valuable resources to benefit the community’s health and vitality,” said Ann Burlingame Diab, deputy library director. “We’re honored to be partnering with WakeMed Health & Hospitals and look forward to continuing this collaboration.”

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Serving the community since 1961, WakeMed is a not-for-profit health care system founded and based in Raleigh, N.C. WakeMed exists to improve the health and well-being of our community by providing outstanding and compassionate care to all. WakeMed’s 970-bed system comprises a network of facilities throughout the Triangle area, including three full-service hospitals, eight emergency departments, a dedicated Children’s Hospital and Rehabilitation Hospital, more than 165 practice offices and Wake County’s only Level I Trauma Center. WakeMed’s mission-driven team includes more than 11,400 employees, 1,200 volunteers and 1,300 affiliated physicians, along with the more than 838 physicians and advanced practice providers with WakeMed Physician Practices—all representing the best minds and the biggest hearts and the finest quality in health care and community health. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org or follow WakeMed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.


For Additional Information: 
Ann Burlingame Diab                                             Kristin Kelly     
Wake County Public Libraries                               WakeMed Health & Hospitals   
919-250-1206                                                           919-350-5921 
aburlingame@wake.gov                                        krkelly@wakemed.org