April 23, 2012

April 23, 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 handerson@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 

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
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Hiding emotions may exacerbate depression among black men who confront racial discrimination 

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

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Two-decade decline: Rate of heart attack falls among black and white adults 

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

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Cohen wins top award from Clinical Research Forum for HIV prevention study **New**
For his groundbreaking research on treatment as prevention of HIV, Myron Cohen, MD, has received the top honor of the inaugural Clinical Research Forum Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards.
Cohen is professor of medicine and microbiology in the UNC School of Medicine and of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Cohen’s study, HIV Prevention Trials Network 052, showed that treating people with HIV with antiretroviral therapy renders them virtually non-contagious, reducing sexual transmission by 96 percent. The study findings, published Aug. 11, 2011 in The New England Journal of Medicine, were first made public in May 2011, four years before the study’s scheduled completion, because they were so overwhelmingly positive.
Source: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, News & Events

Remembering longtime partner and friend Nettie Coad (1936-2012) **New**
Nettie Coad, a longtime community partner and friend of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) and a leader in the Greensboro community for more than 30 years, died April 10th at the age of 76.
Coad was the executive director of The Partnership Project, a highly interactive process that educates people about the origins of racism, organizes people to develop strategies to undo racism and supports people in the healing process from the damaging effects of racial oppression. The Partnership Project collaborated with HPDP, the UNC Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes and the Moses Cone Health System to form the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative.
The Collaborative has partnered with UNC researchers for two major projects funded by the National Cancer Institute. In 2006 the Cancer Care and Racial Equity Study (CCARES) found that differences in the treatment of African American and white women by the health care system could lead to more African American women ending their breast cancer treatment. A new project, Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity (ACCURE), will build on that work to create training opportunities for health care providers to learn about the impact of institutional racism on cancer care.
Source: UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, News & Events

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

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

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Secretarial Statement on National Minority Health Month 2012
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

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Fall 2012 Course on Racial Dissemination and Racial Identity for Minority Youth
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 instructorThis 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.


2012 Summer Institute: Race, Sex and Equity 

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.Dates:

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 

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

Engaged Scholar Seminar Series **New**
Engaging North Carolina Communities: Reflections on Building and Sustaining Partnerships
Co-presented by: Barbara Baquero and Briana Woods, Kellogg Health Scholars
Friday, April 27, 9:00 a.m. (Networking and continental breakfast, 8:30 a.m.)
Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
This seminar will describe two community-based participatory research projects conducted in North Carolina as part of post-doctoral research through the Kellogg Health Scholars Program.
Implementing Evidence-based Approaches to Reduce Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening
Co-presented by: Cathy Melvin, Research Associate Professor in Maternal and Child Health and Kelly Green, Research Associate at Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Friday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. (Networking and continental breakfast, 8:30 a.m.)
Pleasants’ Room, Wilson Library
This seminar will include lessons learned and results from a colorectal cancer screening project in Greensboro, NC. The goal of the project is to close gaps in colorectal cancer screening and survival rates among uninsured and African American individuals in Guilford County. The project is based on pilot work and includes research partnerships with community members throughout the research process.
What is the purpose of the Engaged Scholars Seminar Series?
This FREE seminar series consists of one-hour monthly sessions highlighting engagement opportunities across campus, engaged research methods, overcoming barriers to community-engaged research, and examples of community engagement success stories, including accomplishments and challenges in working with communities across North Carolina. Through this seminar series, we provide you tools for success in engaged scholarship, an emphasis in UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2011 Academic Plan: Reach Carolina.
Who should attend?
Faculty, postdocs, fellows, and graduate students, as well as interested undergraduates from across campus. Community members are also invited to attend.


The Community Perceptions of Genomics Forum: Learn-Discuss-Get Your Questions Answered **New**
Date: Monday, April 30, 2012
Location: Kathleen Bryan Family YMCA (Activity Room 1), 501 W. Market St., Greensboro
*Learn about genetics and genomics as it relates to health
*Hear the findings from the Community Perceptions of Genomics
Research project
*Participate in roundtable discussions to provide input on future
directions for this research
Refreshments will be offered.
Community Perceptions of Genomics Project
Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative
Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency

2012 North Carolina Asthma Summit **New**
“Addressing Health Disparities in Asthma: Creative Solutions”
Date: May 8, 2012
Location: N.C. Biotechnology Center, RTP, NC
Visit the NC Asthma Alliance website for more information, registration, and a schedule of presentations.

NC TraCS and Greensboro AHEC proudly co-sponsors a series of *FREE* workshops on research topics. The next workshop in the series is *Evidence-Based Interventions.* **New**
The Evidence-Based Interventions Workshop will provide a basic introduction to evidence-based interventions and their importance in community health promotion. Participants will learn how to find evidence-based interventions and consider how to adapt them to meet their specific needs.
By the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
• Define evidence-based and evidence-based interventions
• Explain the importance of using evidence-based interventions for community health promotion
• Describe how to select and adapt an evidence-based intervention that fits their organization’s goals and program needs
• Understand the challenges and benefits of using evidence-based interventions
• Find resources that can assist in adapting an evidence-based interventionThis workshop will be offered in Greensboro and Raleigh, NC on the following dates:

May 2, 2012 from 10:00am-2:00pm in Greensboro at Moses Cone Hospital, 1200 N Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401

May 15, 2012 from 10:00-2:00pm in Raleigh at Division of Public Health Campus, Bld. 3, Cardinal Room, 5605 Six Forks Road, Raleigh NC 27609

Please click on this link to register:

Greensboro, NC:
http://tracs.unc.edu/EBIworkshop_greensboroRaleigh, NC:

These workshops are open to all audiences and provide foundational information to facilitate research, foster partnerships, and build skills. You must receive confirmation of your registration to attend the workshop. Should you have any difficulty accessing this site, or have any questions, please send any inquiries to nctracs_communityengagement@unc.edu.


18th National Health Equity Research Webcast: “Social Determinants of Health Disparities: Moving the Nation to Care about Social Justice” **New**
Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 1:30-4:00pm EDT
Location: Webcast and Tate-Turner-Kuralt building auditorium – see www.minority.unc.edu
Camara P. Jones, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Research Director on Social Determinants of Health and Equity, Division of Adult and Community Health, NCCDPHP, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ronny A. Bell, Ph.D., M.S., Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine and Co-Director, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
Aida L.M. Giachello, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Moderator: Cedric Bright, M.D., F.A.C.P., Director, Office of Special Programs and Assistant Dean for Admissions, UNC School of Medicine and 112th President, National Medical Association
This free, interactive session will be broadcast with a live audience in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt auditorium at the UNC School of Social Work and can be viewed over the Internet (webcast). Questions will be taken from broadcast participants by email and toll-free telephone.
To register a group viewing site: www.minority.unc.edu/institute/2012/broadcast/
To register to view on your personal computer: www.minority.unc.edu/institute/2012/broadcast/
To register for the studio audience at the TTK auditorium: www.minority.unc.edu/institute/2012/studio/
Answers to frequently asked questions: www.minority.unc.edu/institute/2012/faq.cfm
Comments from last year’s participants: www.minority.unc.edu/institute/2012/eval/comments.cfm
The 18th National Health Equity Research Webcast is presented by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Minority Health Project and UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, in association with the UNC American Indian Center and Norfolk State University Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work, a partner in the Commonwealth Public Health Training Center. Please consider becoming a cosponsor or providing an endorsement!

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

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)

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.More information.


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.


Research Recruitment Director **New**
NC TraCS Institute
Closing Date: May 13, 2012
The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (TraCS) is searching for a Research Recruitment Director. Qualified candidates are welcome to apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and list of references via UNC’s online recruitment system at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/3386
Women and Minority Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Last updated April 24, 2012