The annual NC BREATHE Conference will be held on April 11 at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC. The one day conference brings together academics, students, medical and health professionals, state, federal and local environmental agencies and community groups to share the latest research about the impacts of air pollution and climate change on human health, the environment and the economy, and to discuss the critical role policy-making plays.
Conference Theme: Environmental Justice in North Carolina
This year the conference will focus on the theme of environmental justice in North Carolina and how health professionals, researchers, communities and policymakers can work together to protect vulnerable communities. This theme is particularly important now with the recent environmental justice issues of GenX, concentrated animal feeding operations and climate issues occurring in North Carolina. The perfluorinated compound GenX has recently been found at high levels in the waterways surrounding the Chemours facility near Wilmington, NC. Little is known about the health impacts of GenX, particularly when considering the air exposure. Another recent environmental justice issue is the nuisance settlement and increased awareness of the health impacts from living near concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Our changing climate affects all North Carolinians but communities in the Eastern part of the state and along the coast shoulder a larger burden.
Call for Poster Abstracts!
The conference will also host a student and professional poster session, where the top three students will present their work after lunch to elevate the innovative research being done by young investigators. You can submit your poster abstract and learn more about the session on the conference website
Secretary of the NC Department of Environmental Quality, Michael Regan will give the opening keynote to set the tone for the day. GenX, CAFOs and climate change affect Eastern North Carolina where the conference will be held and all three will be the topics of the opening plenary session. Each topic will be considered with an emphasis on health outcomes and environmental justice impacts on communities. The afternoon breakout sessions will look at using citizen science, science communication and data to address environmental justice.
BREATHE Offers Continuing Education
Importantly, this will also be the first year that the conference will offer continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and public health professionals through the Southeast AHEC. This is key to ensure the participation of the healthcare community in addressing and learning about these important health issues. Learn more about the types of credits offered and how to apply.
To learn more about the conference, see the agenda, submit an abstract and register for the conference, please go to the conference website. https://cleanaircarolina.org/2019-nc-breathe/. We hope to see you all in Wilmington!