UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility
Led by Dr. Larry Engel, the goal of this study was to create resources that public health professionals, state decision makers, and others could use to prioritize and target community-level environmental health interventions in response to Hurricane Matthew and to help improve public health response to future floods and other disasters in the state.
The research team assessed a wide range of known and potential environmental health hazards to allow a more comprehensive understanding of potential impacts. The study was focused on communities at large as well as on vulnerable populations, including children, senior citizens, and the disabled, within these communities.
Twenty-five high school students from central North Carolina and New York City came together at UNC-Chapel Hill in July to learn about the role of community resilience in addressing extreme weather events, the importance of protecting vulnerable populations during such events and the nature of the grassroots work that needs to be done to protect human health during extreme weather events. In addition, students met researchers from the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) who are at the forefront of studying air quality and human health.
This three-day event was part of a year-long youth science enrichment program, the Climate Leadership and Energy Awareness Program (Climate LEAP).
The CEHS is co-sponsoring the UNC Exposomics Symposium with the UNC Department of Chemistry. The UNC Exposomics Symposium will be held on February 28 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center, Hitchcock Multipurpose Room (150 South Road, Chapel Hill NC 27599).
The purpose of the event is to a initiate a broadly-based, intra-institutional collaboration focused on examining the long-term effects of environmental exposure on health. Presenters will include leading national researchers in the field and program managers from federal agencies including the NIH, EPA, and NSF. There is no fee for the symposium, however, registration is required.