Climate and Public Health in North Carolina: Emerging Risks and Opportunities
A Symposium Sponsored by the North Carolina Division of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors, and the Southeast Regional Climate Center
Friday August 19, 2011
Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Weather and climate affect human health in a number of ways, from heat stress and respiratory illness during heat waves to outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness following heavy rainfall to injury and trauma resulting from severe storms. North Carolina is a diverse state with respect to climate, population, and socioeconomic conditions, and this creates unique challenges for human health as well as health care delivery and public health infrastructure at state and local levels. This symposium is designed to provide a forum for engagement and discussion between climate and health researchers, officials from federal and state agencies, and local health practitioners in North Carolina, who are on the front lines in responding to the health needs of their communities. We recognize that many of the health impacts from weather and climate are local in scale and are intimately tied to the local environment and public health infrastructure. Therefore, a main goal of this symposium is to address the local health risks associated with weather and climate and the opportunities for managing these risks through adaptation.