April 16, 2012

April 16, 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 Brandolyn White at bswhite@email.unc.edu or contact 919-843-3539. Please forward your announcements by noon on Wednesdays. Announcements are sent out before COB on Mondays.


Hematologic malignancies rapidly increasing and unaddressed in sub-Saharan Africa **New**
Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a growing cancer burden, and hematologic malignancies account for almost 10 percent of cancer deaths in the region. In the United States and other resource-rich settings, patients with diseases such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma have benefited from treatment advances that have resulted in unprecedented rates of long-term control.
Source: UNC School of Medicine, Vital Signs

Hiding emotions may exacerbate depression among black men who confront racial discrimination **New**
Enduring subtle, insidious acts of racial discrimination is enough to depress anyone, but African-American men who believe that they should respond to stress with stoicism and emotional control experience more depression symptoms, according to new findings from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The study, “Taking It Like a Man: Masculine Role Norms as Moderators of the Racial Discrimination-Depressive Symptoms Association Among African-American Men,” was published online March 8 in the American Journal of Public Health.
Source: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, News & Events

Two-decade decline: Rate of heart attack falls among black and white adults **New**
The incidence of heart attack among blacks and whites has dropped significantly over the past two decades, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The study, published online and scheduled to appear in the April 17 issue of Circulation, The Journal of the American Heart Association, analyzed nearly 31,000 fatal and non-fatal heart attacks among 396,000 adults in four communities in the United States from 1987 to 2008. The individuals, black and white men and women, were ages 35 to 74. Using a specially-designed mathematical model, the research team accounted for changes in the clinical definition of heart attacks that have occurred over the past 22 years. Through those adjustments, the team identified the occurrence of heart attack is, in fact, declining.
Source: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, News & Events

Read more.


April is National Minority Health Month. Health Equity Can’t Wait. Act Now in Your CommUNITY **New**

April is National Minority Health Month. This year’s theme, Health Equity Can’t Wait. Act Now in Your CommUNITY!, is a call to action and unity for the regions, the state and local offices of minority health, the health departments and all the organizations and partners involved and invested in reducing health disparities.
Source: The Office of Minority Health, DHHS

Secretarial Statement on National Minority Health Month 2012 **New**

In April, we commemorate National Minority Health Month to raise awareness of the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities, as well as celebrate the opportunities of the Affordable Care Act’s groundbreaking policies to reduce those health disparities.
Despite the progress our nation has made over the past 50 years, racial and ethnic minorities still lag behind the general population on many health fronts. Minorities are less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy, more likely to suffer from serious illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease and colon cancer, and they are less likely to have access to quality health care.
Source: The Office of Minority Health, DHHS

New CDC Campaign Aims to Stem HIV Crisis among Black Women
To combat the high toll of HIV and AIDS among black women in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today launched Take Charge. Take the Test., a new campaign to increase HIV testing and awareness among African-American women. The campaign – which features advertising, a website and community outreach – is being launched in conjunction with National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in 10 cities where black women are especially hard-hit by the disease.
Source: CDC, Press Releases


2012 Summer Institute: Race, Sex and Equity **New**
The 11th annual Summer Institute will explore the concepts of race, sex, and equity through critical analysis of race, gender, sexuality, age, and disability.
This year’s program will feature preeminent sexuality research scholars, sexual rights advocates, and program implementers whose research and advocacy work challenges conventional paradigms around sexuality and racial equity.
Two-week Session 1: June 18 – June 29, 2012 (3 academic credits)
Two-week Session 2: July 2 – July 13, 2012 (3 academic credits)
Four-week Session: June 18 – July 13, 2012 (6 academic credits)
Deadline for priority registration/international applicants is April 1, 2012, and all domestic applicants (US residents) is May 1, 2012.
For more information, visit: http://cregs.sfsu.edu/summer_institute_2012_race_sex_and_equity

2012 NIH Summer Institute on Social and Behavioral Intervention Research **New**
2012 NIH Summer Institute on
Social and Behavioral Intervention ResearchApplication Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern, Friday, April 27, 2012

Date: July 9-13, 2012

Columbia University School of Social Work
1255 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Course Objectives:

The NIH Summer Institute will address essential conceptual, methodological, and practical issues involved in planning and carrying out research on the impact of behavioral and social interventions on health outcomes, health behavior, and treatment. Such interventions are relevant to NIH public health goals of preventing morbidity and mortality and promoting health and well-being for persons with medical and behavioral disorders and conditions.
The Institute is intended for junior investigators who have COMPLETED THEIR DOCTORATE and who plan to develop NIH grant applications for research in this area. Faculty (mentors) will include established investigators from relevant fields.Major Topics:
• Overview of conceptualizing, designing, and testing behavioral/social interventions
• Use of empirical evidence, theory and clinical practice in formulating study aims and hypotheses
• Designing, testing and adapting behavioral and social interventions for diverse populations
• Finding the appropriate mechanism (i.e., R03, R21, R34, or R01) to support the research
• Measurement-selecting measures, assessing validity and reliability; measurement models and conceptual models
• Planning the data analysis – statistical power, mixed effects linear model, latent mixture model, moderator/mediator models, and related issues
• Critical issues in implementing the study: eligibility, recruitment, enrollment, intervention fidelity, intervention and assessment adherence, and the organizational structure
• Participants will be requested to prepare draft outlines of different sections of the proposal (i.e., aims, significance, innovation, approach and analysis) for a NIH grant application during the training. These drafts will be critiqued in small group sessions followed by a debriefing with the entire group. The small groups will be guided by a faculty mentor. The debriefing sessions will entail presenting a summary report of the small group meetings and a list of questions, issues and concerns that emerge from the small groups.

For more information, visit: http://conferences.thehillgroup.com/obssrinstitutes/si2012/index.html

Fall 2012 Course on Racial Dissemination and Racial Identity for Minority Youth **New**
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department of Psychology
Course: Psychology 768, Seminar in Developmental Psychology
Instructor: Eleanor Seaton
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor
This course will focus on racial issues that affect the development of minority youth. We will focus specifically on racial discrimination, a risk factor, and racial identity, a protective factor, for minority youth development. The course will cover an interdisciplinary approach to the study of these factors for minority youth, the implications for the development, mental health and achievement of minority youth.
“Community Perceptions of Genomics” **New**

Presented by: Malika Roman Isler, PhD, Karey Sutton, PhD, and Wendell Fortson, PhD
Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 11:00am-12:00pm
Bondurant Hall 2030

In this new era of genomic research, there is growing interest in the relationship
between genes, race/ethnicity, and disease, particularly when seeking to
determine if differences in health outcomes are biological or social. African
Americans and Latinos continue to experience disparate health outcomes, even
when access to care and socioeconomic status are controlled. Population-based
biobanking may be useful to explore the genetic differences among those
experiencing these disparate health outcomes.This presentation will share findings from “The Community Perceptions of
Genomics” project. The goals of this study were to investigate the perceptions of
91 African American, Latino, and White individuals and community leaders,
recruited from twenty-two North Carolina counties, concerning genomics
research in conjunction with alleviating health disparities, with particular
emphasis on participation in population-based biobanking.

More information.

ALL ABOUT DATA COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: Finding, Presenting and Disseminating It **New**
April 25, 2012, 10 am-3 pm
Wesley Long Hospital Education Center
Greensboro, NC
Link to register: tracs.unc.edu/allaboutdata_greensboro
April 27, 2012, 10 am – 2:30 pm
NC DHHS Division of Public Health Building 3
Raleigh, NC
Link to register: tracs.unc.edu/allaboutdata_raleigh
The All About Data Workshop will teach you about locating data and disseminating results to community members and academic audiences. The workshop will begin by teaching where to locate county and state level data and how to use databases such as the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, the CDC’s WONDER database. The workshop will then address considerations when planning health communication initiatives and presenting data professionally.

Coping with Cancer Symposium
Date: April 20-21, 2012
Location: Hilton Greenville, Greenville, NC

The experience of cancer can be extremely challenging for patients, families, and clinicians. Sensitive attention to psychosocial needs is an essential component of comprehensive cancer care. This course is designed to provide data driven and practical recommendations for coping with the challenges of cancer.

This conference has been designed for Oncology, Family Medicine, and Internal Medicine physicians and others, including physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, psychologists, clergy, pharmacists, physical therapists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, patient advocates, individuals coping with cancer treatment, caregivers, family members and cancer survivors. This course is designed to provide data driven and practical recommendations for coping with the challenges of cancer.For registration information and a conference schedule, click here for flyer.


Strengthening the Black Family, Inc. 30th Annual Conference, “Keeping it Together: Family, Health, Education and Wealth
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Location: St. Augustine College
For conference and registration information, click here for flyer.

Women’s Health Conference. “Your Health: From Babies, Menopause, and Beyond”
Date: April 27, 2012
Location: Bennett College for Women, Global Learning Center
Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency will host a Women’s Health Conference on April 27, 2012 from 8:00am-2:30pm at the Global Learning Center on the campus of Bennett College for Women, Greensboro, NC. The conference will feature discussions with health professionals on topics including heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes and HIV among other topics. Dr. Laura Gerald, NC State Health Director and Cynthia Marshall, President of AT&T will serve as keynote speakers for the event. Registration is $30.

For more information and to register, visit www.piedmonthealthservices.org

Click here for flyer.


REI Racial Equity Institute Workshop
Date: May 24-25, 2012
Location: Providence Baptist Church, Greensboro, NC

Race remains an important indicator of well-being in US society. When other factors that are cited as the probable reasons for health or social problems (e.g., income, education, parent involvement, access to health insurance) are controlled for in statistical analyses, race remains an important, independent predictor of health, social, education, criminal jus-tice and other outcomes.The Anti-Racism training, delivered by the Racial Equity Institute, LLC is designed to build the capacity of educators, health practitioners, child welfare advocates, judicial representatives, other professionals and others who are interested in understanding and eliminating racial inequities, disparities and disproportionally within our society. This workshop is important for people who want to dismantle racism. It has often been said, “An organized truth is more powerful than a disorganized lie.” This workshop provides an analysis that helps participants gain clarity about how racism is well-organized and at work in our institutional practices.

Click here for flyer.


Marci K. Campbell Dissertation Award Supporting Research Excellence in Cancer and the Population Sciences **New**

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center announces the Marci K. Campbell Dissertation Award, a competitive $5,000 award to recognize excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences.This award honors Dr. Marci K. Campbell, a leader in cancer prevention and control, disparities, and survivorship research at UNC Chapel Hill and across the nation. Marci died much too soon from colon cancer in December, 2011. She was an exceptional mentor and believed producing the next generation of researchers was one of our most important aims.

Graduate students in any of the population disciplines (epidemiology, nutrition, behavioral sciences, health services and outcomes research, psychology, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Candidates should be in their final year with a dissertation defense that occurred or will occur between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. The faculty sponsor must be a Center member.

The application package must include: a curriculum vitae; a one- to two-page, (single-spaced) research description; and at least two letters of support: one from the Center member faculty sponsor and at least one from another academic reference. One of the two references should be the chair of the student’s dissertation committee and that letter should state that the student will defend his/her thesis in the appropriate time frame. The application should be submitted as a single PDF.

Selection will be based on academic record, quality of the research, and supporting letters.

The deadline for application is 5:00 pm on Friday, May 11, 2012. Email the application to Michael S. O’Malley (clover@med.unc.edu). Please also mail or deliver a hard copy of the application to: Michael S. O’Malley, Ph.D., Associate Director, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, CB# 7295, Campus. A mid-June award date is anticipated.

This award program is supported by funds donated in Marci Campbell’s honor, the UNC Lineberger’s Board of Visitors, and others.


NCI Small Grants Program for Cancer Research (NCI Omnibus R03) **New**
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA), issued by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports small research projects on cancer that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. The R03 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.

Call for Pilot Proposals: UNC Center for Diabetes Translation Research to Reduce Health Disparities
Deadline: June 25, 2012

The UNC Center for Diabetes Translation Research to Reduce Health Disparities (CDTR) is pleased to announce a new pilot grant program that supports research focused on diabetes. For specific information on proposal guidelines, visit the CDTR website: http://cdtr.unc.edu/index.php/cdtr-programs/pilot-funding.


Healthy Eating Research Releases Call for Proposals
Funding source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among lower-income and racial and ethnic populations at highest risk for obesity. Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.

This call for proposals is for two types of awards aimed at providing key decision- and policy-makers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. The award types are: Round 7 grants and RWJF New Connections grants awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program.More information.



Social/Clinical Research Assistant **New**
NC TraCS Institute CARES
NC TraCS Institute CARES core is looking for applicants for a Social/Clinical Research Assistant position that will be working primarily for the Education/Training unit within the CARES. The Research Assistant will provide research support for the day-to-day activities of the core. She or he will participate in the operation of the program and provides organizational and administrative research support to the Core Staff, including UNC faculty and collaborators, public health and other liaisons, project coordinators, as well as individuals from the lay community. Support includes preparation of all evaluation strategies, evaluation support, data management, literature searches, developing protocols, surveys, processing invoices, ordering and communications. They will also be responsible for tracking progress over time; processing of requests for technical assistance from core faculty on community-based research projects; planning assistance for inter-institutional workshops; compiling data for progress reports to NIH.
For more details please copy and paste this link into your web browser: https://itsapps.unc.edu/RAMS4/details.do?reqId=1204020&type=S



Last updated April 13, 2012