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Patients, Practice, and Policy: Climate Health Through the Lens of Eastern NC

February 3 - February 4


Hurricanes Matthew in 2016, Florence in 2018 and Dorian in 2019 devastated rural and underserved communities in Eastern North Carolina (ENC). As extreme weather events continue to increasingly occur, many ENC communities face significant climate related health risks such as increased emergency department visits related to asthma, injuries, heat-related illness, mental stress and infectious diseases. However, many health professionals serving these communities do not have adequate preparation or training on how to help their communities adapt in the short-term (disaster response, extreme heat, infectious disease, etc.) or in the long- term (sea level rise, air pollution, drought, flooding, etc.) to address these climate related health issues (Kearney et al., 2018).

At this conference, health professionals will learn about the key climate health issues for eastern NC such as disaster response health impacts, infectious diseases, heat stress. Health professionals will learn about the local health conditions and vulnerabilities to health hazards associated with climate change. Health professionals will learn how to advocate for their patient and guide policymakers in decisions that are healthiest for our people and our planet.


Eastern AHEC
Clean Air Carolina
ECU Brody School of Medicine
ECU Department of Public Health