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The NIEHS Center for Oceans and Human Health and Climate Change Interactions (OHHC2I) seeks to engage in dialogue with external groups with interests in the broadly defined area of Oceans and Human Health. These gropups include the public, students at all levels, the scientific community, government and the private sector.


DATE: October 8-11, 2019

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MEETING FOCUS: The focus of the Meeting will be to have the OHH Centers along with the NIEHS and NSF develop a Community Engagement Plan which ties together the technical research projects being conducted each of the four Centers on Harmful Algal Blooms, Infectious Microbes, Contaminants of Emerging Concern and other stressors that may affect both ecosystem and human health. The translation of the highly technical findings from these various research projects from each OHH Center into meaningful communication messages that inform, educate and protect public health is the focus of the meeting. The goal of the meeting is to develop an integrated and comprehensive Community Engagement Plan, which can be, used by all 4 Centers, NIEHS and NSF in better interacting with the public on these emerging public health threats.

MEETING OBJECTIVE: Integration of Community Engagement Core Activities Between Centers and Development of an OHH Community Engagement Communication Plan

LOCATION: Kimbel Living and Learning Center, Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences, University of South Carolina, Georgetown, SC. The Kimbel Living and Learning Center is the lodging and conference facility supporting the Baruch Marine Field Laboratory in Georgetown, SC. The conference center consists of a large main room with a podium with a sound and projection controls and lecture style seating for about 60 persons, two break-out meeting rooms, high-speed wireless Internet, a fully equipped kitchen, movable chairs and tables, a large fireplace, and a spacious outdoor deck with benches.  An elevated walkway connects the lodge with a large screened building (can seat at least 50 persons) and a pier on Kimbel Pond.

TRAVEL/DIRECTIONS: The Kimbel Living and Learning Center is located on Hobcaw Barony (22 Hobcaw Rd, Georgetown, SC 29440).  Hobcaw Barony is a 16,000 acre tract on a peninsula called Waccamaw Neck between the Winyah Bay and the Atlantic Ocean in Georgetown County, South Carolina. Map of Kimbel facilities and the access gate  Map of Kimbel facilities, Discovery Center, and access gate.  From the north (Myrtle Beach) Take US Hwy 17 South about 35 miles.  Hobcaw Barony will be on the left one mile past DeBordieu. From Georgetown:  Take US Hwy 17 North.  As you leave Georgetown you will cross the Waccamaw River and Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.  The entrance to Hobcaw Barony is approximately one mile on the right. Myrtle Beach International Airport: (31.9 miles from the Kimbel Living and Learning Center) / (34.4 miles from the Hampton Inn at Georgetown Marina). Charleston International Airport: (70.3 miles from the Kimbel Living and Learning Center) / (67.5 miles from the Hampton Inn at Georgetown Marina).

HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS: Hampton Inn at Georgetown Marina / 420 Marina Dr, Georgetown, SC 29440 / Phone: (843) 545-5000‎ Hampton Inn provides government room rates and offers two choices of rooms currently priced at $113 (Street Side) and $133 (River Front). Please make your reservations as soon as possible as offering a reserved block of rooms was not an option.

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