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October 2, 2024  |  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM  |  JB Duke Hotel, Durham

It Takes a Village– Advancing Environmental and Human Health & Well-Being

The 9th Annual NC BREATHE Conference aims to discuss the interconnectedness of environmental and human health and well-being. It is well-known that human health and our built and natural environments are inextricably linked. Poor environmental conditions and exposures can lead to increased rates of respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, cancer, the spread of infectious diseases, and poor mental health. To develop evidence-informed solutions, it is essential to understand health drivers and impacts, which requires a multidisciplinary approach. NC BREATHE 2024 will connect science to practice and bring people together to explore eco-factors, such as air pollution, PFAS, heat exposure, etc., and their impact on human health and well-being. It will also highlight the vital role of cross-disciplinary efforts and research and the critical role of government, policy, and strategic partnerships to identify practical solutions that ensure all communities have access to healthy environments for an improved quality of life.


Learning Objectives
  1. Identify examples of successful community organizing and advocacy to address environmental injustices and improve community health.
  2. Describe specific environmental factors impacting human health and well-being, including mental health, and propose solutions.
  3. Explore opportunities to engage community and industry sector partners to improve health equity through education, advocacy, policy, and health initiatives.
  4. Identify opportunities for systems-level changes that promote improved environmental and human health with thought leaders and peers. 

Registration and more details coming soon!

2024 Keynote Speaker

Renew, Refresh, Recharge: Revolutionizing Tomorrow’s Sustainability Landscape
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Harold Mitchell, Jr.

Founder of The ReGenesis Institute

Harold Mitchell Jr., a Spartanburg, SC native, is an esteemed change agent with a compelling story of advocacy and transformation. He is known for his unwavering commitment to fighting environmental injustice, championing affordable housing, and driving impactful legislative change.