April 2, 2012

April 2, 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.


Foundation grant will help UNC study local-level public health services *New*
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received approximately $200,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to examine different types of local public health agencies in North Carolina. The goal of the research, which began in December 2011 and will continue through May 2013, is to determine whether the way a local public health agency is organized affects public health service delivery or health outcomes in communities.
Source: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, News & Events

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute study finds overweight and obese women at greater risk of breast cancer recurrence
Women who are overweight or obese when they are diagnosed with breast cancer are at higher risk of cancer recurrence or related death than are leaner women, according to a new study presented to the 8th European Breast Cancer Conference Friday, March 23. This finding held true even though the study mandated that chemotherapy dosage be adjusted for body weight, and adds further to the evidence that lifestyle factors can influence cancer prognosis.
Source: National Cancer Institute, News
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New study shines light on barriers to diabetes care in NYC Bangladeshi community 

NEW YORK, March 14, 2012 – A new research survey conducted by the Center for the Study of Asian American Health at NYU Langone Medical Center shows the Bangladeshi community in New York City experiences numerous barriers to diabetes care because of limited English proficiency and lack of diabetes awareness. The study, published in the March 2012 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, also found the Bangladeshi community has an interest in participating in community health programs for diabetes prevention and care.
Source: NIMHD, News and Events
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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.

Presidential Memorandum — Establishing a Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence Against Women and Girls, and Gender-related Health Disparities *New*
On March 30, the President released a memorandum calling for the establishment of a working group to address the intersection of HIV/AIDS, violence against women and girls and gender-related health disparities.

New CDC Campaign Aims to Stem HIV Crisis among Black Women *New*

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
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NC Cervical Cancer Resource Directory Now Available 

Cervical cancer is preventable through screening (the Pap test) and HPV vaccination. The NC Cervical Cancer Resource Directory connects women and adolescents with free or low-cost screening and vaccination services throughout North Carolina.For more information, or to get information cards (in English and Spanish) to give out in the community, contact info@ccfnc.org

To access the directory, visit www.ccresourcedirectory.org (in English & Spanish).


U.S. Surgeon General: Young Adults are “Prime Targets” for Tobacco Advertising and Marketing 

Washington, DC — Today, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin – the leading authority on public health in the United States – released a report providing the most current and comprehensive analysis of tobacco’s impact on our nation’s young people. Drawing on research from a number of disciplines, the report examines the social, environmental, advertising and marketing influences that encourage youth and young adults to initiate and sustain tobacco use. The report confirms what we all know to be an absolute truth in tobacco control: nearly all tobacco use begins during youth, and the tobacco industry continues to use marketing and advertising to target young adults.
Source: Legacy

2012 NIH Summer Institute on Social and Behavioral Intervention Research *New*

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 social work and other fields. Participants will be expected to submit a draft NIH grant application to their respective mentors by September 1, 2012 (tentative).
Major Topics include:
•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
The deadline for applications is Friday, April 27, 2012 (11:59pm, EST).
Migrantes: Transpasando el Drama
Date: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Location: Duke University, John Hope Franklin (Room 240)

The Working Group on Reproductive Justice and Migration in the Americas and the Duke Global Health Institute will host a screening of the film Migrantes: Transpasando el Drama, a film by Mauricio Andrada documenting Central American migrants seeking refuge and health-services at migrant shelters as they travel through Mexico to the United States. Please join the Working Group and the Duke Global Health Institute along with the filmmaker on April 5, 2012 from 6:15pm-8:45pm at the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University. Dinner will be served.For more information, please contact Cydney Justman at Cydney.justman@duke.edu


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.

11th Duke/Durham Health Summit
Date: Monday, April 23, 2012
Location: Washington Duke Inn, Durham, NC

Duke University Health System will be hosting its 11th Durham Health Summit on April 23, 2012 at the Washington Duke Inn, in Durham, NC. This year’s summit, Weaving Durham’s Tapestries: Moving the Needle on Health, will focus on how to prevent illness and improve health by weaving together efforts aimed at the common causes of illness in our community.There is no fee to attend the summit. No CEU’s will be offered. Registration is required by April 16, 2012.

To register, please click on this link: http://DCVB.informz.net/DCVB/event.asp?eid=3138

For more information, contact Kimberly Monroe via email: Kimberly.monroe@duke.edu or by calling 681-4041.


Women’s Health Conference. “Your Health: From Babies, Menopause, and Beyond” *New*
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.


Call for Pilot Proposals: UNC Center for Diabetes Translation Research to Reduce Health Disparities *New*
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.

Health Innovation Challenge
Funding source: Blue Cross Blue Shield
Deadline: April 16, 2012

Do you have a truly innovative, high-impact idea to reduce obesity in North Carolina? If so, you could win the funding and support to make it succeed. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is sponsoring a competition to challenge entrepreneurs across North Carolina to develop, implement, and scale high-impact ideas designed to support healthy lifestyles, with a specific focus on reducing obesity. Your idea could win funding, professional support and development resources, and access to a network of change-makers.

Ideas can be submitted March 20th through April 16th. See if you have what it takes to help North Carolina lighten up!
Specific questions can be directed to rsethna@bullcityforward.org and additional information can be found online at:

NIMHD Basic and Applied Biomedical Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01)
Funding Source: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Deadline: June 11, 2012

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is issued by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) to solicit innovative grant applications on:*Biological and genetic research to explore disease mechanisms or pathways that influence health outcomes in minority and health disparity populations

*Clinical and translational research linking basic science discovery with effective treatment or clinical practice.

The overall goal of this initiative is to enhance our understanding of fundamental biological mechanisms involved in disease conditions and develop therapies or interventions that can directly or demonstrably contribute to the elimination of health disparities. Biological, genetic, clinical and translational research projects investigating the etiology, physiology, genetic risk factors, molecular pathways, gene-environmental interactions, pharmacogenomic and personalized medicine in health disparity populations are particularly encouraged.

Important Dates:
Open Date (Earliest Submission Date): May 11, 2012
Letter of Intent: May 11, 2012

More information.



NIMHD Social, Behavioral, Health Services, and Policy Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01)
Funding Source: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Deadline: June 4, 2012

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit innovative social, behavioral, health services, and policy research that can directly and demonstrably contribute to the elimination of health disparities. Projects may involve primary data collection or secondary analysis of existing datasets. Projects that examine understudied health conditions; examine the effectiveness of interventions, services, or policies for multiple health disparity populations; and/or directly measure the impact of project activities on levels of health disparities are particularly encouraged.More information.



(Department of Nutrition)
Closing Date: April 9, 2012
The primary function of this research position is to facilitate nutrition, physical activity and body composition assessment with the greater percentage of work dedicated to nutrition-related research. The research assistant will be expected to take initiative and implement core activities which include proficiency working with Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR) to conduct dietary recalls, enter food records and menu/recipe analysis. Research assistants will be expected to manipulate and update nutrient database tables, conduct physical activity recalls with participants and assist with any daily tasks associated with running the core. Applicants must be comfortable using a computer, especially programs such as Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and Access). Ability to communicate and work well with other team members is a necessity. Experience with diet data entry, such as Nutrition Data System for Research is required.Preferred Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree in nutrition, public health or a related field is highly preferred. Knowledge of nutrition, food preparation, epidemiology, physical activity or exercise/sports science is desirable. Knowledge in Microsoft Access and statistical software (such as SAS, Stata, SPSS) is a plus. Willingness to work flexible hours is also preferred.


Last updated April 02, 2012