December 10, 2012

December 10, 2012

Health Disparities News and Announcements

If you have news, information, events, and research findings pertaining to health disparities, we want to know about it. We also welcome you to share your research as part of our Health Disparities Seminar Series. Please send information to Herleesha Anderson at or contact 919-843-3539. Please forward your announcements by noon on Wednesdays. Announcements are sent out before COB on Mondays.

International AIDS Awareness Month

Kaiser Family Foundation: New disparity data report released. Putting Men’s Health Care Disparities On The Map: Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities at the State Level

Decomposing The Gap In Satisfaction With Provider Communication Between English- And Spanish-Speaking Hispanic Patients 

“This study quantified and sought to understand disparities in patient satisfaction between English- and Spanish- speaking Hispanic patients using data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.”


Health Care Access And Utilization Among U.S.-Born And Foreign-Born Asian Americans 

“This study examined disparities in health care access and utilization between U.S.-born and foreign-born Asian Americans using data from the National Health Interview Survey.”


Racial Disparities In Economic And Clinical Outcomes Of Pregnancy Among Medicaid Recipients 

“To explore racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy outcomes among Medicaid enrollees, this study analyzed Medicaid Analytic eXtract data from 2005 to 2007 in 14 southern states.”


Racial/Ethnic Disparities In Health And Health Care Among U.S. Adolescents 

“This study examined racial and ethnic disparities in health status, access to care, and use of services among U.S. adolescents using data from the 2003 National Survey of Children’s Health. The analysis found lower rates of coverage and care and poorer health status among racial and ethnic minority groups compared to whites and particularly significant disparities for specific groups.”

Black Women Less Likely to Receive Improved Surgical Procedure for Breast Cancer (Dec 5)
Newswise — SAN ANTONIO —
“Black women with breast cancer were 12 percent less likely than white women with the disease to receive a more minimally invasive procedure — sentinel lymph node biopsy — for staging of breast cancer, according to data tracking the treatment of patients through 2007.”

Gender Difference Reported in Brain Damage from Sleep Apnea (Dec 6)
Medical News Today –
“Women suffering from sleep apnea have, on the whole, a higher degree of brain damage than men with the disorder, according to a first-of-its-kind study conducted by researchers at the UCLA School of Nursing. The findings are reported in the December issue of the peer-reviewed journal SLEEP.”

Teen Girls Who Smoke Suffer Decreased Bone Accumulation and May Be at Increased Risk for Osteoporosis (Dec 6) Medical News Today
“Teenage girls who smoke accumulate less bone during a critical growth period and carry a higher risk of developing osteoporosis later in life, according to new research in the Journal of Adolescent Health.”

Obama administration moves forward to implement health care law, ban discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions 

“New rules will make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, ensure families buying their own coverage get basic essential benefits similar to what private insurers offer, and help employers promote wellness.”


Ethnic differences in susceptibility to movie smoking 

“Results from a US study suggest that there are significant ethnic and socioeconomic differences among adolescents in susceptibility to the portrayal of smoking in movies.”




AIDS Education Training Center-National Multicultural Center (AETC-NMC) at Howard University: Webcast. Cultural Competence: Delivering Quality HIV Care within Homeless Communities.
For more information, click here.

HIV/AIDS Online Training Modules from the Indian Health Service
“Today, there have been more than 3,000 estimated HIV infections among American Indians and Alaska Natives”
For more information, click here.

AHRQ Effective Health Care Program: A free Spanish-language DVD,videonovela, dramatizing the importance of medication adherence for diabetes management is now available to clinicians for patient education and outreach programs.
For more information, click here.

The Chickasaw Nation: In honor of Diabetes Awareness month is hosting a video series covering a range of diabetes related issues.
This series speaks directly to the Native American population and type 2 diabetes.
To view videos, click here.


Webcast: Providing Culturally Competent Care to Latino Patients
In an effort to deliver quality care, it is imperative that the healthcare provider maintain cultural competence in practice. This program will address characteristics, roles and beliefs of the Latino/Hispanic culture that may impact communication with providers and the outcomes of care received.
May be viewed online until 6/30/2013 1:30 PM
For more information, click here

Xavier University of Louisiana: New Orleans Sixth Health Disparities Conference. Improving Medical Effectiveness and Health Outcomes to Achieve Health Equity Through Interprofessional Collaborations.

Date: March 7 – 9, 2013
Location: New Orleans, LA.
For more information, click here.

Fall 2012 UNC ECHO Health Disparities Seminar Series *** Save The Date ***
Presented by
Tim Carney, Ph.D.
Cancer Health Disparities Post-Doctoral Fellow
UNC-Chapel Hill
Lineberger Cancer Center
“Diagnosis and Design of an Informatics Strategy to Eliminate Health Disparities”



Date: Friday, December 14, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Location: Rosenau Hall, Room 101
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Chapel Hill, NC

NIH/National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD): 2012 Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities, Building a Healthier Society: Integrating Science, Policy, and Practice.
Date: December 17-19, 2012
Location: National Harbor, MD.
For more information, click here.
Community Based Dental Partnership Program

“The goals of the Dental Community Partnership Program are to increase access to oral health care for patients with HIV in areas that remain underserved, especially in communities without dental education programs, and to increase the number of dental providers capable of managing the oral health needs of patients with HIV, through community-based service-learning experiences.”

Application Deadline: January 28, 2013
For more information, click here.

NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research [U54]

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) seeks to establish specialized Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCCs) for Health Disparities Research comprising regional coalitions of academic institutions, community organizations, service providers and systems, government agencies and other stakeholders focused on priority research areas in minority health and health disparities.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2013

For more information, click here.

Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Evaluation Cooperative Agreement
The purpose of this program is (1) to provide a mechanism for monitoring and evaluating the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) grant program, and (2) to provide resources for the state Flex grantees that will assist them as they support quality improvement, financial and operational improvement, and health systems development in rural America.

Application Deadline: January 14, 2013
For more information, click here.

AHRQ Conference Grant Program (R13)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), announces its interest in supporting conferences through the AHRQ Conference Grant Program. AHRQ seeks to support conferences that help to further its mission to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.
Application Deadline: November 1, 2016
For more information, click here.
The Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Board of Directors is recruiting new board members from the US and Canada!
Applications are due January 7, 2013.
For more information, click here.

Health and Equity Fellowship Program

Human Impact Partners (HIP) is excited to announce the launch of our inaugural fellowship program. From June 2013 – May of 2014, HIP will host one Fellow at our offices in Oakland, CA, focused on building their leadership skills in the fields of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Health in All Policies (HiAP).

For more information, click here.


Kennedy Krieger Institute: Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement – Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP)

The Maternal and Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (MCHC/RISE-UP) Program provides opportunities for enhanced public health and related training to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity.

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 14, 2013

For more information, click here.

Application Cycle for the Disparities Leadership Program Now Open!
Disparities Leadership Program sponsored by the DSC
Application due February 8, 2013
To view flyer, click here.

The Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program (Summer 2013)
The Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program is a summer program that brings talented young adults to Washington, D.C., where they are placed in congressional offices to learn first-hand about health policy and the legislative process, and to learn about issues affecting racial and ethnic minority and underserved communities.
For more information, click here.

Many Cultures, One Goal: Better Health

 Last updated December 10, 2012