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.

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.

Student Poster Gallery

The NC BREATHE Conference will once again feature an Abstract Poster Gallery on student research presentations related to the impacts of air quality and climate change on health, economics, and the environment. Conference participants will have the opportunity to view the posters during breaks. From the 20 poster submissions, three abstract authors will be selected to give a short presentation about their poster and research following the lunch session. For any abstract-related questions or comments, please email Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky at rachel@cleanaircarolina.org.


Exhibit Registration

Interested in sharing information about your organization at NC BREATHE? You can register to be an exhibitor, which includes an exhibitor table, admission for one and your organizations logo in the conference program. Exhibitor space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis, so register today. If you have questions about exhibiting, please email ncbreathe@cleanaircarolina.org.

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

North Carolina Environmental Justice Network

Chris Heaney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Johns Hopkins University

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

Closing Remarks

Leoneda Inge

Race and Southern Culture Reporter
North Carolina Public Radio
WUNC 91.5 FM

Child & Adult Care Services

To encourage attendance from individuals that have family care responsibilities, here is information on local drop-in daycare for children and adults in the Wilmington area. Care.com provides a list of license drop-in child day care locations in the Wilmington area.

Elderhaus is the only licensed adult day service in the Wilmington area.

* 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

Candace Cahoon, BSAS, RRT, RCP

Program Coordinator/RT Case Manager

Vidant Health

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