UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility
Researchers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC Institute for the Environment led a study which found that previous research may have underestimated premature mortality due to particulate matter from traffic emissions. The study, published online Feb. 28 in Risk Analysis, utilizes a novel modeling technique and is the first to quantify the potential error in estimating on-road particulate matter mortality in previous models.
Traffic-related air pollutants can have an adverse impact upon people’s health, including decreased lung function, coronary heart disease, asthma, thrombosis and tuberculosis. From a public health perspective, it is therefore important to understand the burden of disease due to exposure to such pollutants.
Hurricane Matthew caused record flooding in North Carolina, not only resulting in an estimated $1.5 billion in damage and displacing thousands of residents from their homes, but also creating medium- and long-term public health impacts. With issues of adverse mental health effects, waterborne diseases, and respiratory illnesses, it is important to create a plan for local agencies and residents to address impacts of future floods and disasters.
As a result, a team of SPH researchers and graduate students, led by Dr. Larry Engel, aim to provide local public health professionals and state decision makers with a curated web-based resource that can be used to prioritize and target community-level interventions in affected communities.
On Saturday, April 1, faculty and students from two NIEHS-funded centers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health – Superfund Research Program (SRP) and the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) collaborated with community partners to conduct hands-on learning sessions with women attending the annual Durham Women’s Health Awareness Day. This event, which is sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and NC Central University, is hosted on the NCCU campus and provides free screenings and workshops for as many as 600 women living in Durham and the surrounding Triangle communities.