December 3, 2012

December 3, 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

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.”


Factors That Mediate Racial/Ethnic Disparities In U.S. Fetal Death Rates 

“This study examined the impact of socioeconomic status, maternal health, complications during pregnancy, and fetal health status on racial disparities in fetal death.”


CDC: A new Morbidity and Mortality report released. Vital Signs: Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Severity -United States, 2005-2009 “Despite significant progress in breast cancer detection and treatment, black women experience higher death rates even though they have a lower incidence of breast cancer compared to white women.”

Read more.


Food Insecurity and Low Self-Efficacy are Associated with Health Care Access Barriers among Puerto-Ricans with Type 2 Diabetes
“Racial/ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by barriers to health care access and utilization. The primary objective was to test for an independent association between household food insecurity and health care access/utilization.Read more.

Understanding and Addressing Unique Needs of Diabetes in Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders 

“The Asian American (AA) population is currently the fastest growing population in the U.S., having expanded six times faster than the general population in the 1990s (1). In addition, diabetes prevalence continues to rise in this population, as observed for other populations around the world.”


Genetic histories: Native Americans’ accounts of being at risk for diabetes
“In an age of genetic medicine, ethnic groups are increasingly being labeled at risk for chronic diseases. Biomedical and genetics research studies have had a significant impact on Native Americans’ perceptions of diabetes risk.”
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.”

Read more.

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.”

Read more.

CA7AE, Colorado State HIV Assessment Tool Helps Native Communities Take Action
“Underreporting and lack of data sharing can be a challenge for Native groups working on HIV issues. The Community Readiness Model, developed at Colorado State University, provides a tool designed to help communities develop and implement prevention and intervention efforts in line with their readiness level and their specific culture. The model, which has received national and international recognition, integrates the culture of the community and uses community input.”
Read more.

The Commonwealth Fund: New report released. High-Performance Health Care for Vulnerable Populations: A Policy Framework for Promoting Accountable Care in Medicaid.
“Both the federal and state governments are adopting new payment and delivery system models aimed at improving the quality of health care services and reining in costs.”
Read more

The Urban Indian Health Institute: New online campaign launched
Native Generations Campaign, addresses high rates of infant mortality, causes of infant death and maternal and child health needs among American Indians and Alaska Natives.

To view video, click here.

US blueprint: a catalyst for action by other
“Timed to coincide with World AIDS Day, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has unveiled the PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation which provides four individual roadmaps for how the US Government will work to achieve an AIDS-Free”
Read more.

New UNAIDS report: vulnerable groups still bearing the brunt of the Epidemic
“The new UNAIDS report on the Global AIDS Epidemic for 2012 indicates that recent progress on the HIV response has been uneven and that, since 2001, the number of people newly infected in the Middle East and North Africa increased by more than 35% and that there has also been an increase in new HIV infections in Eastern Europe and Central Asia in recent years.”
Read more.



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

Orientation for New Clinical Research Personnel
Date: December 5 &12,
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: Brinkhous-Bullitt, Room 219
For more information, click here.



Health Equity Initiative: Professional Development Web-based Workshops

Assessing Organizational Capacity via Health Equity-Related Assessment: an Introductory Workshop

Date: December 4, 2012
Time: 12pm – 2pm
For more information on both events, 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.

The Imperative to Prevent Diabetes

Presented by Dr. Robert Ratner (American Diabetes Association)

Time: December 6, 2012
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Location: MacNider Hall, Room 321
For more information, click here.

Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS): Webcast. Addressing Health Disparities for Minority Populations in Jails.
Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Time: 8:30 am EST
To attend, email Julia Keyser at
To view webcast, 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.

Basic social and behavioral research on culture, health, and wellbeing (R24)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued on behalf of the NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Opportunity Network (OppNet), will provide grants for infrastructure support to develop, strengthen, and evaluate transdisciplinary approaches and methods for basic behavioral and/or social research on the relationships among cultural practices/beliefs, health, and wellbeing.

Application Deadline: December 17, 2012

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.

Komen for the Cure Grant Program
Provide education on the importance of breast self-awareness and screening tests to all individuals throughout the Hawaiian Islands by focusing on the underserved racial/ethnic minorities. Remove cultural and linguistic barriers to regular mammography. Provide language and literacy sensitive education and resources to low-income, uninsured and underserved women.
Application Deadline: December 14, 2012
To view online flyer, click here.
For more information, click here.
Harnett County: Community Mentor

Voices into Action: The Families, Food, and Health Project partners with communities to improve access to healthy, affordable foods and places to be active. We would like to hire a Community Mentors to help connect our project with local communities. We are looking for motivated individuals who are passionate about working with their communities.

To view job posting details, click here.

For more information, please contact Kathryn Rosenbaum, Community Outreach Coordinator at (919) 513-2703 or

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.

James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded nine week summer program providing educational and professional development opportunities for students from underrepresented populations defined by the federal government ( and those interested in addressing health disparities related to infectious diseases.

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.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI): Public Policy Fellowship
Application Deadline for the 2013-2014 Public Policy Fellowship: Friday, February 15, 2013
For more information, click here.
Internship Program:

CBCF Congressional Internship

Session: Summer 2013
Application Deadline: February 21, 2013
Program Dates: May 26 – July 26, 2013
For more information, click here.

Many Cultures, One Goal: Better Health

 Last updated December 03, 2012