The Center for Public Engagement with Science provides research translation and community engagement on a variety of environmental health topics for research centers within UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, including the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS).
By informing the public about these environmental health issues, we aim to enable North Carolinians to make informed decisions regarding their exposure to specific environmental influences upon disease and reducing risk. Click here to learn about public health and housing training opportunities.
More than one million North Carolina residents have been diagnosed with asthma. We share CEHS research on air pollution and health, focusing on how people can prevent indoor and outdoor triggers that exacerbate asthma and allergy conditions and improve air quality in North Carolina.
Scientists in UNC’s Gillings School of Public Health are beginning to assess the role of epigenetics in human health, from a nutritional biochemist investigating links between obesity and breast cancer to a scientist linking epigenetic modifications of DNA to exposure to toxic metals. We are at the forefront of translating these research findings into meaningful learning experiences for students of biology.
Two-thirds of all U.S. families live in a home with at least one major health risk. Through partnerships with national, state and local health and housing agencies, we have worked to educate North Carolinians so that they can reduce their exposure to home hazards like lead, poor indoor air quality, pests and pesticides, and home injuries.
Lead exposure during pregnancy and breastfeeding can permanently harm a baby’s health. For over a decade, we have educated NC health professionals and residents about lead as an environmental health hazard for small 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.
Since 2009, the Center for Public Engagement with Science has been engaging key stakeholders such as fishermen, regulatory agencies, and local stakeholders to improve communication of fish consumption advisories. In partnership with NC State University’s Center for Human Health and Environment and Duke University’s Superfund Research Center, we have convened a series of stakeholder meetings to explore challenges to FCA communication in North Carolina.