Inform participants about the increased chance of wildfires due to climate change and the associated health effects.


Increasing incidence of wildfires in North Carolina is associated with climate change. The US EPA is working to study the associated health effects of wildfires and learning how to better inform the affected communities. This is being done through an app called Smoke Sense. The NC Division of Public Health has also been working on wildfire and vulnerable populations Hoke County.

Keynote Speakers



Acting Director of the National Health and Environmental Effect Research Laboratory

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Cascio received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.D. from the University of Maryland. Subsequently, he completed clinical training in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Cascio did post-doctoral training in experimental cardiac electrophysiology at the Physiologisches Institut of the Universität Bern, Switzerland. Returning to the faculty of the Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he established the Applied Physiology Laboratory. Dr. Cascio served as the Director of Cardiovascular Research at the Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology at UNC Chapel Hill, and the Medical Director of the Clinical Electrocardiography Laboratory at the University of North Carolina Hospitals. Dr. Cascio joined the U.S. EPA as the Director of the Environmental Public Health Division in January 2011. Dr. Cascio is a clinician/scientist who holds boards from the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases and has an appointment at the UNC School of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology.



Environmental Program Consultant, Climate and Health

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

Ms. Thie is currently an environmental program consultant for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and serves as Principal Investigator for the Climate and Health Adaptation and Monitoring Program cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ms. Thie has worked in climate and health through CDC funding at the state level for seven years. Ms. Thie chairs the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ Climate, Health, and Equity Subcommittee. In addition to her experience, she has conducted public health projects in Kenya, Mali, Southern California, and Vietnam. She graduated in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Environmental Health Sciences from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.