Thank You For Attending!

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Join us in Durham!

We welcome you to join us in balmy North Carolina, April 30 - May 2, for our dynamic 2019 Membership Meeting! We couldn't be more excited to host our 2019 Membership Meeting in vibrant buzzing Durham as local residents celebrate 150 years of incorporation!

Over three illuminating days we’ll share work happening in different parts of the Network -- from efforts to engage health professionals and cancer groups in prevention work, to efforts to get chemical suppliers to bring safer alternatives to market, to policy, legal and education strategies that improve local communities’ health. We’ll learn together how to tell a compelling story about the work we do, and discuss what a just transition looks like in this context. There will be plenty of opportunities to network and to share ideas and challenges with people from diverse backgrounds across the country.

We look forward to learning about local issues and connecting with the North Carolina community! Together we will create a climate that supports innovation and the emergence of new opportunities for the advancement of a toxics free future.

Travel and Reimbursements

Please register and make your travel and lodging arrangements by April 9, 2019 if possible.

Reimbursements: We will reimburse one representative from each member organization for reasonable travel expenses (subject to the guidelines below), as well as meals during your travel to and from the meeting. (Meals will be provided during the meeting.) *Note that we cannot reimburse for the purchase of alcoholic beverages, for extras like seat upgrades, non-coach fares, in-flight wifi, line jumping, etc.* Use the form below to submit your expenses by May 21st.


Travel expenses: Expenses for cross-country fares over $500 or mid-country fares over $400 will require pre-approval. Fares booked after April 14th will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $500 cross-country and a maximum of $400 for shorter flights.

Please send Jayme your itinerary as soon as it's booked. If it creates a hardship for you to book your own travel, please notify Debra and she will purchase your ticket.

Lodging: We have a room block at 21c Museum Hotel - a unique "museum hotel" in downtown Durham. The room block is now closed. If CFEN is covering your expenses, your hotel room will be charged directly to CFEN. You will be responsible for any extra costs (movies, food/beverage purchases). For reservations made after the room block closes, we will reimburse up to $159/night. We will reimburse for three nights' lodging for those traveling cross-country and two nights for those with shorter flights. Any exceptions must be approved in advance.

Questions? Contact Jayme.

Agenda Overview

The final participants' agenda can be found here. View the speakers list here.

Tuesday, April 30

  • 11:30 - 1:00 Registration open; lunch available.
  • 11:45 - 2:45 CFEN Trainers' Exchange (Pre-registration requested)
  • 12:30 - 2:30 Policy Deep Dive Training: PFAS and Advanced Policy Advocacy - The workshop will center on a concrete policy issue that many in CFEN are working to move forward (training in how to advocate effectively on PFAS), but also offer translatable skills, not just for PFAS, but on DC policy work in general. (Pre-registration requested)
  • 2:45 - 6:30 Field trip - We'll visit the Durham campus of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The field trip will include:
    • A welcome from Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Director of NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program
    • A tour of the facility, including NIEHS history and background, by Mr. John Schelp from NIEHS' Office of Science Education and Diversity;
    • A short overview of NIEHS' research program, Partnerships in Environmental Public Health program and National Toxicology program with CFEN Member Dr. Gwen Collman (Director of the NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training), and her colleagues Dr. Nigel Walker (Deputy Director, Division of The National Toxicology Program) and Mr. Liam O'Fallon (Coordinator of the Partnerships in Environmental Public Heath Program) ; and
    • A discussion of how NIEHS' work intersects with CFEN's and potential opportunities for deeper collaboration.

Through this lens, we will begin a discussion of various ways CFEN may support and help build the capacity of vulnerable and impacted communities.

Snacks will be available. Please remember to bring your water bottle to reduce our use of plastics.

Due to security procedures, you must register for this trip by April 15. Be sure to bring ID with you to enter the facility. SORRY, WE ARE SOLD OUT!

  • 6:30 - 7:00 - Learn about the fascinating history of our host city during a walking tour with Durham historian John Schelp.
  • 7:30 - 8:30 Welcome reception

Wednesday, May 1

  • 8:00 - 9:00 Registration open; breakfast available
  • 9:00 - 10:00 Welcome activities
  • 10:00 - 11:15 Panel: Envisioning a Cancer Free Economy
  • 11:15 - 11:30 Break
  • 11:30 - 12:45 Node Plan Slam!
  • 12:45 - 1:45 Lunch and networking time
  • 1:45 - 3:15 Discussion of draft Equity Principles and metrics to hold ourselves accountable
  • 3:15 - 3:30 Break and move to breakout sessions
  • 3:30 - 4:30 Node meetings
  • 4:30 - 4:45 Break
  • 4:45 - 6:00 What We Can Learn from Communities Responding to PFAS
  • 6:30 - 8:00 Dinner

Thursday, May 2

  • 8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast and time for self-organized meetings
  • 9:00 - 10:00 Opening, reflections and presentation of Membership Survey findings
  • 10:00 - 12:30 Network planning
  • 12:30 - 1:00 Break and lunch begins
  • 1:00 - 3:00 (Lunch continues) Telling Our Story - presentation and workshop
  • 3:00 - 3:15 Break
  • 3:15 - 4:15 Elevating CFEN Issues in the Lead Up to the 2020 Elections
  • 4:15 - 5:00 Closing

Trainer’s Exchange

The Spring 2019 CFEN Trainer’s Exchange will bring together CFE trainers and stakeholders from the Network to exchange ideas about how to make the CFEN training curriculum more effective, empowering and impactful in reaching key new audiences. Through dynamic activities, participants will share best practices, training techniques, and ways to overcome common challenges. The CFEN Trainer's Exchange is hosted by the Building Power and Market Shift Nodes in conjunction with the Health+Science Node.

Materials for meeting participants can be found here.

Fun things to do while in Durham

Durham is celebrating 150 years of incorporation during our meeting!

It is is a vibrant destination for music, culture and great food known as

the ‘hippest city’ in North Carolina, and the ‘Tastiest Town in the South.’

Fun things to do include:

Moogfest - "A synthesis of music, art and technology.”(April 25-28)

Motorco - laid back open space venue with decent restaurant (Parts & Labor).

They have a Gangastagrass Live hip hop / bluegrass fusion performance on May 1st.

Fullsteam - really good locally-sourced brewery across the street with picnic tables,

ping pong, and board games, and other walkable bars, restaurants, and a café.

(Around the corner is an axe-throwing bar. Not endorsed by CFEN but now you know.)

For more info on Durham download Durham's Destination Guide here.

Neomonde, a Lebanese café across the street from 21c hotel, meets Halal standards. The other Halal restaurants are a bit farther away (in RTP and Chapel Hill).