HEYDurham! – High School Health & Sexual Education

About HEYDurham! 

We teach critical health topics to high schools students that they may not get from their parents.

Interactive health and sexuality education curricula have been shown in prior studies to enhance knowledge and safe behaviors in adolescents. HEY-Durham is a twelve- week health/sexuality education program intended for 9th-12th grade students who participate in the traditional health and physical education curriculum. Twelve classes are taught and staffed entirely by medical students during the regular fifty- minute class periods in participating classrooms at the Durham School of the Arts (DSA) located next to Duke West Campus . Individual teams of medical students meet prior to each classroom session in order to finalize lesson plans and review the pertinent material. Lesson plans are provided; however, the teams are given freedom to order the topics within the HEY Durham curriculum and edit the lesson plans. This freedom within the curriculum allows the teams to tailor the material to the needs of the students in their class. Student educators select their co-educators and teach the same class of students each week.


Lesson Topics:

  • Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology
  • Love, Relationships, and Sexuality
  • Birth Control & Teen Pregnancy
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Gender, Racism and Sexual Orientation
  • Rape and Domestic Violence
  • Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco
  • Depression and Suicide
  • Nutrition and Eating Disorders
  • Life After High School


2017-2018 Co-Leaders:

Visakha Suresh

Brittany Campbell

Amanda Lucier

Megan Smith


Faculty Mentors:

Dr. Richard Chung, MD