APRIL 11, 2019


Community College
Union Station


Clean Air Carolina’s annual NC BREATHE Conference provides an interactive forum for North Carolinians to share the latest research related to the impacts air pollution has on human health, the environment, and the economy, and to discuss the critical role policy making plays.

Call for Student Posters

We are pleased to announce a Call for Posters on research presentations for the 2019 NC BREATHE Conference. The conference will focus on the theme of “Environmental Justice in North Carolina.” It will feature research on the impacts of air quality and climate change on health, economics, and the environment. From the submissions, three abstract authors will be selected to give a short presentation about their poster and research following the lunch session. The deadline for abstract submission is midnight March 1, 2019. The conference will take place April 11, 2019, at the Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, NC. For any abstract-related questions or comments, please email Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky at rachel@cleanaircarolina.org.


2019 NC BREATHE Conference – Registration Now Open!

The fifth annual NC BREATHE Conference will be held on April 11 at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC. The one-day event will focus on environmental justice in North Carolina and how health professionals, researchers, communities and policymakers can work together to protect vulnerable communities.


Cape Fear Community College
Union Station
411 N. Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401


Student Admission: Free (with ID at door)
General Admission: $25
Continuing Ed Admission: $45

Are You a Health Professional?

The 2019 NC Breathe Conference will offer, for the first time, continuing education credits through South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC). Click here for more information on credit type and how to apply.

Environmental Justice in NC

Secretary Michael Regan, M.P.A.

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Health and Cost-of-Living Impacts of Living Near Hog Farms (CAFOS)

Naeema Muhammad

Executive Director,
Environmental Justice Network

Chris Heaney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor,
John Hopkins

Vulnerability of NC to Climate Change

Chris Weaver, Ph.D.

National Center for Environmental Assessment
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Health Impacts of Emerging Contaminants: A Look At GenX

Jane Hoppin, Sc.D.

Deputy Director,
Center for Human Health and the Environment,
NC State University

* For those whom or in which the registration fee and travel would impede their participation, we may be able to offer a conference travel scholarship. For more information, contact ncbreathe@cleanaircarolina.org.


** Healthcare Professionals Seeking Continuing Education Credit:

The 2019 NC Breathe Conference will be offering continuing education credits through South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC). If interested in receiving credit you must create an account with SEAHEC after registering for the conference. More information including a link to create your SEAHEC account will be available in the confirmation email following registration.

Viney Aneja, Ph.D.

Professor, Dept. of Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

NC State University

Ashley Bell

Director, CME, Pharmacy, Dentistry

Southeast AHEC

June Blotnick, M.Ed.

Executive Director

Clean Air Carolina

Kerrie Cave

Project Specialist

Southeast AHEC

Jamie Cole, J.D.

Policy Manager, Environmental Justice, Air & Materials

NC Conservation Network

Dan Costa, Sc.D.

National Program Director for Air, Climate & Energy (retired)

U.S. E.P.A.

Saralyn Gillikin

Director, Continuing Education, Mental Health, Public Health

Southeast AHEC

Beth Hassett-Sipple, M.S.P.H.

Science Associate, Air, Climate, & Energy Research Program

U.S. E.P.A.

Olivia Herndon

Director, Continuing Education, Mental Health, Public Health

Southeast AHEC

Stephen Keener, M.D.

Public Health Consultant


Kim Lyerly, M.D.

George Barth Geller Professor in Cancer Research, Professor of Surgery

Duke University

Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky, M.S.P.H.

Manager, Medical Advocates for Healthy Air

Clean Air Carolina

Stan Meiburg, Ph.D.

Director, Graduate Programs in Sustainability

Wake Forest University

Tandra Miller

Project Specialist, Nursing, Interdisciplinary

Southeast AHEC

Allie Reid

Project Specialist, Mental Health, Public Health

Southeast AHEC

Jess Rinsky, Ph.D.


Bill Ross, Jr., J.D.


Brooks Pierce

Bill Schlesinger, Ph.D.

Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment, Emeritus

Duke University