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Youth Summit 2019: Friday, April 5 for students; Saturday, April 6 for parents, educators and community

During the course of this important event, hosted by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, students and subject-matter experts will explore the issues that significantly impact our youth, families, schools and communities.

Event content and planning is being guided by a highly-engaged group of high school students from across New Hampshire.

Meet our expert speakers.

Event dates and location


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support of this event.

Ford Motor Company Fund

Silver Sponsors

  • Cigna
  • Northeast Delta Dental
  • Hypertherm Hope Foundation

Bronze Sponsors

  • Fidelity Investments
  • Grappone Automotive Group
  • NEA-NH
  • NH Charitable Foundation

Copper Sponsors

  • NH College & University Council
  • NH Community Behavioral Health Association
  • NH School Administrators Association

Non-Profit Sponsors

  • New Futures
  • NH School Board Association
  • Riverbend Community Mental Health, Inc.
  • Seacoast Mental Health Center, Inc.

Topics of discussion

The following topics will be explored on both days:

  • Academic pressures
  • Addiction
  • Bullying and Cyberbullying
  • Community Support
  • Eating Disorders
  • Race and Gender Equality
  • Road Trip
  • School Violence
  • Self Harm
  • Sexuality, Gender and Sexual Identity
  • Using Social Media for Good

Event goals

  • Identify and implement "best practices" to support students in their schools and communities.
  • Draft recommendations for policy changes at the state and local levels.
  • Identify opportunities for coordination of services, both public and private, to reduce duplication of efforts.
  • Identify opportunities for innovation and collaboration.
  • Identify opportunities to share existing resources in schools and communities.
  • Create a "Youth Summit Commission" for one year followed by a white paper for student champions to share at the state and federal levels.


  • Friday, April 5
  • Saturday, April 6

"Knowledge, Empowerment, Understanding"

Registration for sessions on Friday, April 5 is limited to invited students. Walk-ins will not be accommodated due to limited space.

The program on Day 1 will be built by youth, for youth, with guidance from the event planning team. Dartmouth-Hitchcock conducted youth focus groups to determine which topics are most relevant for students to explore.

Each public and private high school in New Hampshire will be contacted by the New Hampshire Department of Education, School Boards Association, School Administrators Association, Association of School Principals and NEA-NH to select four student ambassadors and an adult mentor to attend the event.

Over the course of the day, students will drive the discussion, with adult experts on hand to assist and introduce resources as needed. Special VIP keynote speakers will be part of the program to engage and inspire the audience.

Day 1 will conclude with a Film and Writing Festival and awards ceremony, hosted by Magnify Voices and Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Visit the Magnify Voices Film & Writing Contest website for detailed information, including film submission instructions.


8:15 to 9:00 am

Registration and breakfast; visit sponsor tables

9:00 to 9:15 am


  • Joanne Conroy, MD, President and CEO, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health
  • New Hampshire Governor Christopher Sununu
  • Special Guest Emcee: Jim Wahlberg, Executive Director, Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation

9:15 to 10:15 am

Block 1: Mental Health

Students will choose one session to attend:

  1. Addiction
  2. Eating Disorders
  3. Self Harm/Depression/Suicide

10:15 to 10:25 am


10:25 to 11:25 am

Block 2: Diversity & Respect

Students will choose one session to attend:

  1. Gender and Sexuality
  2. Race and Ethnicity
  3. Bullying

11:25 to 11:35 am


11:35 am to 12:35 pm

Block 3: Timely Topics

Students will choose one session to attend:

  1. School Violence
  2. Pressure for Success
  3. Road Trip

12:35 to 2:00 pm

Lunch Break and Report Out from Morning Sessions

2:00 to 2:45 pm

Keynote Speaker: Hannah Kearney, Olympic Gold Medal Skier

2:45 to 3:30 pm

Social Media For Good: Empowerment and Resiliency

Guest Speaker: Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, Pediatrician, Blogger "Seattle Mama Doc™", Seattle Children's Hospital

3:30 pm

Program concludes for those not attending the Film and Writing Festival

3:30 to 3:45 pm


3:45 to 6:00 pm

Film & Writing Festival and Awards Reception

Hosted by Magnify Voices and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Guest Speaker: New Hampshire First Lady Valerie Sununu

Special Guest Emcee: Jim Wahlberg, Executive Director, Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation

"They’re Talking, Are We Listening?"

On Day 2 of the Summit, some students who attended Day 1 will help facilitate the sessions along with a content expert. Perspectives shared by students on Day 1 will be incorporated into the program. Parents, educators, school administrators, policy makers and community leaders are welcome to register for this event.

If you wish to share details about this event to encourage participation in Day 2, please download our Youth Summit 2019 informational flyer (PDF).

Registration is required.

Register to attend Day 2 of the Youth Summit



Joanne Conroy, MD, CEO and President, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Special Guest Emcee

Jim Wahlberg, Executive Director, Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation

9:00 to 9:30 am

Registration and breakfast

9:30 to 11:45 am

Panel presentations: What we heard from youth and why it matters

9:30 to 10:15 am

Panel 1: Mental Health Concerns


  • Addiction
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Harm/Depression/Suicide

10:15 to 11:00 am

Panel 2: Diversity and Respect


  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Bullying

11:00 am to 11:45 am

Panel 3: Timely Topics


  • School Violence
  • Pressure for Success
  • Road Trip

11:45 am to 12:30 pm

Community Engaged Research: A collaborative approach to addressing community challenges

12:30 to 1:15 pm

Lunch and Keynote Address: Social Media For Good: Empowerment and Resiliency

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, Pediatrician, Author of the Seattle Mama Doc Blog, Seattle Children's Hospital

1:15 to 1:30 pm

Wrap up and next steps

About our speakers

Jim Wahlberg

Jim Wahlberg

Executive Director, Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation

In addition to his work at the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, Jim has also produced a number of films centered around the issue of substance use disorder. His company, Wahl St. Productions, released "If Only" in 2015, and since then, the film has been shown to hundreds of thousands of people in communities across the country. He is currently working with the DEA to bring "If Only", through a series of youth opioid summits, to the areas of the country most devastated by this epidemic.

Wahl St. Productions continues to produce films designed to keep the focus on this issue, and released their latest film "The Circle of Addiction: A Different Kind of Tears" last year.

Hannah Kearney

Hannah Kearney

Olympic Gold Medal Skier

Hannah is one of the most decorated World Cup athletes of all time, with Olympic Gold and Bronze medals, three World Championship victories, and a record-tying 46 World Cup wins. In 2012 she also set the record for most consecutive World Cup victories with a streak of 16 straight wins.

Hannah is no stranger to success and she skillfully shares her world-class experience. Whether it's speaking to a group, meeting people one on one, or taking some runs, Hannah is sure to entertain and inspire any audience. Her stories from years as the best in the world, along with a picture with the Gold Medal, are guaranteed to excite, inspire, and leave guests with life-long memories.

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE

Pediatrician, Author of the Seattle Mama Doc Blog, Seattle Children's Hospital

Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson is a Pediatrician, Chief of Digital Innovation, and author of the Seattle Mama Doc Blog for Seattle Children's Hospital. She works to bridge the gap between parents and doctors using digital media. As the first physician blogger for a US hospital, Dr. Swanson helped lead the way for novel use of social and digital media in health care. She speaks in the US and internationally on the intersections among health, healthcare, and communication with patients through digital media. Her career has focused on the design and development of digital tools that

  1. empower patients
  2. help healthcare providers do their jobs well, and
  3. strengthen communication between these two groups

Dr. Swanson founded Digital Health at Seattle Children's in 2013, leading a team in innovation by testing and creating new digital tools to leverage the wisdom of patients, families and providers for the benefit of all.


A reserved block of rooms at the adjacent Grappone Marriott is available for anyone wishing to stay overnight during the event. To reserve a room, please contact Karen Borgstrom at (603) 653-1927 or email

Contact information

If you have any questions about the Youth Summit, please call or email:

Karen J. Borgstrom
Director, External Affairs, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
(603) 653-1927