CPES Focus Area: Environmental Health
Focus on Environmental HealthWe conduct research translation and community engagement activities on a variety of topics such as asthma, breast cancer, and hazardous waste to enable North Carolina’s public health and housing professionals, teachers and local communities to make informed decisions about their exposure to environmental influences upon disease and reduce risk.
21EH Scholars is a year-round program that provides environmental health science research internships for undergraduate students at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and UNC-Chapel Hill.
The UNC CEHS Community Engagement Core (CEC) connects researchers with public health professionals, stakeholder agencies and public audiences throughout NC, and fosters dialogue among Center researchers and stakeholders about research needs.
Iterative Design to Engage All (IDEA) Learners Fellowship Program is a long-duration teacher professional development program for grades 9-12 life science teachers to incorporate the science of PFAS into life science instruction.
For over a decade, we have educated NC health professionals and residents about lead as an environmental health hazard for young children. Those efforts were recently expanded to partner with NC DHHS to implement federal guidelines aimed at protecting pregnant women and their children from lead poisoning.
With leading roles in the Community Engagement Core (CEC) and Research Translation (RT) team for the UNC Superfund Research Program (SRP), CPES increases understanding of harmful environmental exposures such as inorganic arsenic and develop solutions to prevent exposure to these contaminants in well water.
Through professional development focused on identifying and reducing exposure to environmental hazards in home and community settings, we propose to enhance the capacity of childcare and public health professionals to recognize hazards and recommend risk reduction strategies.
A multi-site project to support informal educators and diverse youth in developing locally relevant solutions to climate impacts in their communities, fostering youth environmental health literacy for climate resilience.
Environmental Health Resources
- Asthma Demonstration (PDF)
- Beyond Nicotine Lesson 1: Evaluating the Effects of Flavored Electronic Cigarettes on the Respiratory Immune System (PDF)
- Beyond Nicotine Lesson 2: Evaluating the Bioenergetic Effects of Flavored Cigarettes on Respiratory Immune Cells (PDF)
- Beyond Nicotine Lesson 3: Investigating the Impact of E-Cigarettes on Airway Inflammation and Asthma, A Digital Interactive Notebook (PDF)
- Cleaning Up Take-Home Lead Dust in Your Home and Car | Spanish Version (PDF)
- DNA Methylation & Cadmium Exposure in utero (Lesson) (PDF)
- DNA Methylation & Cadmium Exposure in utero (Slides) (External Link)
- DNA Wrap: Packaging Matters (Lesson) (PDF)
- DNA Wrap: Packaging Matters (Slides) (External Link)
- Environmental Asthma Trigger Kit (PDF)
- Environmental Asthma Triggers: Indoor Air Quality | Spanish Version (PDF)
- Environmental Asthma Triggers: Mold and Moisture | Spanish Version (PDF)
- Environmental Asthma Triggers: Pests and Pesticides | Spanish Version (PDF)
- Exploring the intersection of environmental health and susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2, A Digital Interactive Notebook (External Link)
- Investigating Prenatal Arsenic Exposure & Altered Gene Expression (PDF)
- Investigating the Exposome: Vinyl Chloride Exposure, DNA Damage & Repair (Lesson) (PDF)
- Investigating the Exposome: Vinyl Chloride Exposure, DNA Damage & Repair (Slides) (External Link)
- Keeping Lead at Work and Preventing Take-Home Lead Exposure | Spanish Version (PDF)
- Lead and Pregnancy Brochure | Spanish Version (PDF)
- Lead in Spices and Other Cultural Items | Spanish Version (PDF)