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Community Engagement

HNS&CS faculty and clinical staff engage in numerous community education events each year. These activities are a crucial component in connecting with people of all walks of life in our community and beyond.

World Voice Day Celebration

World Voice Day (WVD) is an international day of celebration of the human voice. Singers, actors, teachers, and preachers need healthy voices to do their jobs, but everyone needs their voice to connect to the world. The Duke Voice Care Center has led North Carolina's observation of WVD since 2007. Each year at WVD, the vocal health experts of the Duke Voice Care Center help people learn about how the voice works, how people can keep their voices healthy and strong, and what to do if they have a voice problem.

Learn more about World Voice Day 2022, taking place on Monday, May 2!

Walk 4 Hearing

Each year, HNS&CS sponsors Duke Hearing Center’s participation in the Walk 4 Hearing. The Walk 4 Hearing is a national program that reaches out to more than 48 million people with hearing loss, their families, friends, and hearing health professionals to educate and raise awareness about hearing loss, good hearing health, and communication access. The Walk 4 Hearing has welcomed over 105,000 walkers and 9,200 teams since 2006.


In early spring 2020, Eileen Raynor, MD, Chief, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, and Janet Lee, MD, Assistant Professor of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences, participated in Duke FEMMES: “Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science.” Two hundred 4th–6th grade girls from underserved areas of the Triangle region learned knot-tying and suturing techniques in a “Surgical Skills” station. They also learned about the physiology of hearing and the anatomy of the ear while using video-otoscopes to examine each other’s ears.

Volunteering With Activate Good

In fall 2020, the Duke Department Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences (HNS&CS) began a partnership with Activate Good to provide volunteers to help causes in our local community. To date, HNS&CS faculty, staff, friends, and family have volunteered for six events in Raleigh and Durham, including food banks, community gardens, and school projects. We are renewing our partnership for 2021.

Inspiring Young Minds

HNS&CS team volunteer to
the playground with
Together in Raleigh

Another important partnership development is with Duke BOOST: Building Opportunities and Overtures in Science and Technology. BOOST is a multidimensional STEM education program, serving Durham Public Schools students in 5th through 8th grades. The program is designed to excite young people about the sciences, build their confidence, and inspire them to pursue careers in medicine and related fields. BOOST serves young people who are underrepresented in the sciences, including African-American, Latinx, and Indigenous students; girls; and kids from economically challenged backgrounds. BOOST strives to create a fun, supportive environment where students are encouraged to be curious about the world around them. HNS&CS faculty and staff members will participate in Science Saturday—a live virtual event—April17, 2021, and will also collaborate with the BOOST team on two video projects with a goal of inspiring underrepresented minorities to get excited about pursuing STEM as an academic or career pathway.