February 27, 2012

February 27, 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.
Are you a student enrolled in a graduate program? If so, the ECHO Program wants your feedback! *New*
The mission of ECHO, the UNC Program on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health Outcomes, is to eliminate health status and health outcomes disparities through translatable, evidence-based research, multidisciplinary training and education, and culturally sensitive service to North Carolina communities.ECHO is interested in your feedback on health disparities training and professional development opportunities at UNC-Chapel Hill. Your feedback will help the program to better address the needs and interests of graduate students.

If you are a student currently enrolled in a graduate program, please take a moment to complete a brief survey by clicking on the link below. The survey will take less than 6 minutes to complete. Thank you very much for your responses!



UNC selected to participate in new trial for patients with uncontrolled hypertension – Symplicity HTN-3 

Hyperactivation of the sympathetic nervous system, and in particular excess neural activity to and from the kidneys, is a major contributor to the underlying pathophysiology of hypertension. Results of several previous studies suggest that a novel, minimally-invasive, catheter-based treatment to target the renal nerves may be useful in lowering blood pressure. This procedure is performed by advancing a special catheter into the renal arteries and delivering low-power radiofrequency energy to interrupt the renal afferent and efferent nerves. The resultant decrease in the renal contribution to central sympathetic drive and in turn reduces blood pressure.Symplicity HTN-3 is a multi-center, prospective, blinded, randomized, controlled trial that will study patients with a systolic blood pressure ≥ 160 mmHg despite treatment with 3 or more anti-hypertensive medications.
Source: UNC School of Medicine, Vital Signs

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New directory helps connect low-income women to cervical cancer services in North Carolina 

A new online resource is available to help connect women and adolescents to life-saving cervical cancer-related services.

The N.C. Cervical Cancer Resource Directory includes county-specific information on where uninsured or underinsured women can go to find screening (Pap test) services. The site also has information on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, answers to frequently asked questions and additional resources.The directory – available in both English and Spanish – was developed by Cervical Cancer-Free NC, an initiative based at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program is working to eliminate or substantially reduce cervical cancer in North Carolina.

African-American and Latina women, who are less likely than others to be screened, are twice as likely as white women to die from cervical cancer. Research has shown that one reason for the disparity is that, in North Carolina, African-Americans and Latinos are more likely to be uninsured or underinsured. Connecting women to cervical cancer resources in North Carolina is an important step in reducing unnecessary deaths, according to the Cervical Cancer-Free NC initiative and its collaborators.
Source: Gillings School of Global Public Health, News and Events

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Researchers warn of untreatable gonorrhea in the United States 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Infectious disease experts, including one from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, warn of the growing threat of multi-drug resistant gonorrhea in the United States, according to a perspective in the Feb. 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.Last July, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report which pointed to the potential for resistance to cephalosporins, the class of antibiotics which are the last line of defense against gonorrhea. “This is a serious problem,” said P. Frederick Sparling, a professor of medicine at UNC who co-authored the article. “Trends to decreased susceptibility coupled with a history of emerging resistance and reported treatment failures in other countries point to a need for action right now.”
Source: UNC School of Medicine, Vital Signs

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Many Heart Attacks Don’t Cause Chest Pain *New*
Sudden chest pain is the hallmark symptom of a heart attack. But a large new study shows that many people who are taken to hospitals for heart attacks never have chest pain and, as a result, are less likely to be treated aggressively.
The consequences may be especially deadly for younger and middle-aged women. In a new study of 1.1 million people, a surprising 42 percent of women admitted to hospitals for heart attack never had chest pain. By comparison, just 30.7 percent of men who were admitted didn’t experience chest pain. Women were also more likely to die after a heart attack; the mortality rate for women in the study was nearly 15 percent, compared with 10 percent for men.
Source: New York Times

Are you HeartAware? Check your risk! 

More than 79 million Americans have heart disease and many don’t know it. Visit http://www.uncrexheartaware.com to complete your risk assessment now! You can learn more and read a list of “Questions and Answers” about the assessment and your options for a free follow-up appointment at the UNC Center for Heart & Vascular Care’s website.
Source: UNC School of Medicine, Vital Signs

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Advocating healthier school lunches: Ammerman and Hobbs featured in The Gazette 

Just as there is no such thing as a free lunch, there has never been a school lunch program fully free of politics.
The new guidelines for school lunches, announced Jan. 25 by First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, are no exception, said Suzanne Havala Hobbs.The new guidelines, which will go into effect in the 2012-2013 school year, represent the first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in more than 15 years, Hobbs said.
Source: Gillings School of Global Public Health, News and Events

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New Website: NIH Clinical Research Trials and You
Agency-wide resource provides important information for the public and health care providers
The National Institutes of Health has created a new website, NIH Clinical Research Trials and You to help people learn more about clinical trials, why they matter, and how to participate. From the first cure of a solid tumor with chemotherapy to the use of nitroglycerin in response to heart attacks, clinical research trials — or research studies involving people — have played a vital role in improving health and quality of life for people around the globe.

Clinical trials are essential for identifying and understanding ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Research has shown that among the greatest challenges to recruitment of volunteers is the lack of general knowledge about what trials involve, where they are carried out, and who may participate. “The ability to recruit the necessary number of volunteers is vital to carrying out clinical research that leads to health and medical advances,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “This new, centralized resource will make it much easier for the public and health professionals to learn about clinical trials and how people can participate in them.”

Visitors to the website will find information about:
• The basics of clinical trial participation
• First hand experiences from actual clinical trial volunteers
• Explanations from researchers
• Links on how to search for a trial or enroll in a research matching program

In addition, health care professionals can read about evidence-based strategies for talking with patients about trials, print audience-tested posters to help promote trials in clinics and offices, and find other educational materials. NIH supports clinical research trials across the country and throughout the world. NIH’s ongoing effort to raise awareness about clinical research and educate potential clinical trial participants about the option of a clinical trial is vital to developing public support and understanding for how clinical research drives medical discovery and improves health outcomes.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

NIH…Turning Discovery Into Health

2012 Call for Applications: AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Minority Scholars Program *New*
AcademyHealth is pleased to announce that the 2012 application cycle for the AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Minority Scholars Program is open. Kindly pass along this information to your networks and direct those interested to AcademyHealth’s website at www.academyhealth.org/minorityscholars to access application materials and instructions. All applicants must submit required materials no later than March 15, 2012.The AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Minority Scholars Program is designed to encourage and support research scholars from minority populations underrepresented in the field of health services research (HSR). The program offers support for travel and registration for 15 scholars to attend AcademyHealth’s 2012 Annual Research Meeting (ARM) in Orlando (June 24-26). Students and fellows from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in HSR with an interest in HSR and/or disparities research are encouraged to apply. Stipends also cover enrollment for a pre-conference Methods Seminar of the scholar’s choice and attendance at the Disparities Interest Group Annual Meeting. Opportunities to meet with leaders in the field and develop mentoring relationships are a key component of the program.

The program is committed to ongoing engagement of young minority researchers and is cultivating a rich network of scholars who are likewise committed to supporting each other and engaging in ongoing dialogue about HSR, disparities research, and health policy topics. Applicants selected for the program will become part of an esteemed cadre of young professionals that benefit from ongoing discourse about research and professional development topics through web-enabled brown bag sessions.

Please visit AcademyHealth’s website to learn more about this program and other scholarships offered through AcademyHealth at www.academyhealth.org/scholarships.


Racial Equity Institute: Anti-Racism Workshops, March 9-10, 2012 

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 justice 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.Register now.

Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research, June 22-26, 2012 

The purpose of the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) is to increase diversity in the field of research and cancer control by encouraging minority students in master’s level health programs as well as master’s trained health professionals to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in research. Applicants need not have plans to pursue doctoral training prior to applying to the program.
This program is designed to enhance participants’:*Understanding of the power of research to affect change;
*Awareness of the strengths and limitations of current research methods, theory and interventions in eliminating health disparities;
*Interest in cancer control research, from surveillance to epidemiology, individual behavior change, health services, and policy
research; and
*Skills in research, networking, and information seeking, and motivation and ability to successfully apply to a doctoral program

Important Dates:
Applications Due-March 12, 2012
Applicant Notification-April 1-6, 2012

Click here to download information and application packet.


Dr. M Alfred Haynes Research Training Institute for Social Equity

The Health Disparities Research Center of Excellence at Meharry in Nashville, TN is offering the Dr. M Alfred Haynes Research Training Institute for Social Equity on May 13-25, 2012.Focus
The institute will focus on expanding knowledge and understanding of junior faculty members about health disparities while improving and enhancing their skills to engage the community in health services research. Participants will be:
• Minority investigators
• Senior health disparities research faculty
• Community and faith-based leaders

The curriculum is designed to expose and enhance the knowledge and skills of participants about cutting-edge health disparities research and is a two-week training course of 85 didactic hours. Participants will develop and complete a quality research proposal that could be submitted for funding.

Community Opportunity
This is a great opportunity for community and faith-based leaders to participate in the development and implementation of a translational health services research program that seeks to eliminate health disparities. Community leaders involved in the research process will enhance the ability to translate research findings into promising programs and policies to reduce disease and other public health problems among racial/ethnic and disadvantaged populations.

Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2012. For information about the institute and to submit an application: http://hdresearchtraining.net/learning/mahrtise/mahri-about-the-institute

Spring 2012 ECHO Health Disparities Seminar Series

If you are interested in attending a seminar, please let us know by emailing Brandolyn at bswhite@email.unc.edu. We would love to have you join us!

Kia Caldwell, PhD
UNC-Chapel Hill, Afro-American Studies
“Sister Circle: Assessing the HIV-Prevention Needs of Middle Socioeconomic Status African-American Women in North Carolina.”
Thursday, March 29, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
101 Rosenau Hall, Gillings School of Global Public Health


10th Annual Unity Prayer Breakfast for the Healing of AIDS *New*
Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012
Location: Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church, High Point, NC
This year Piedmont Health Services & Sickle Cell Agency will be celebrating our 10th Annual Unity Prayer Breakfast for the Healing of AIDS. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention and the need for compassion for people infected and affected by the disease. The guest speaker will be Pastor Robert J. Williams, Jr. of Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church.
In 2009, Guilford County reported 129 new AIDS cases making us the 7th highest in the state. AIDS remains the leading cause of death for African Americans ages 25 to 44. African Americans also account for 66% of new cases of HIV in Guilford County. Prevention of the spread of HIV/AIDS in our communities requires a collective approach. The faith community must be part of the solution to combat AIDS in our communities.
Individual tickets are $10.00. Sponsorships are $150.00, which includes 10 tickets to the breakfast and a sponsor listing in the program. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Piedmont Health Services & Sickle Cell Agency at (336) 274-1507 or (336) 886-2437.

Qualitative Research Methods Workshop
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Greensboro, NC

The NC TraCS Community Engagement proudly sponsors a series of *FREE* workshops on research topics. The next workshop in the series is Qualitative Research Methods. The Qualitative Research Methods workshop will introduce participants to what qualitative research is, some methods for doing qualitative research, and provide opportunities for practicing these methods. We will discuss collecting and analyzing qualitative data, best practices for doing qualitative research, and issues related to qualitative research methods. This workshop will also discuss how to present qualitative research findings and the dissemination of results.

For more information and to register, visit: http://tracs.unc.edu/qualitativeresearch_greensboro


16th Annual Helen S. Miller Lectureship and Luncheon
Date: March 1, 2012
Location: North Carolina Central University, Nursing Building

Join the NCCU Department of Nursing for their annual Helen S. Miller Lectureship and Luncheon on March 1, 2012 from 8:30a.m. to 1:30p.m. This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Debra J. Barksdale, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The deadline for registration is February 18, 2012.

Visit www.nccu.edu/nursing/hmiller to register. For more information, call (919) 530-6697.


North Carolina Primary Care Conference: Emerging Issues in Chronic Disease in Primary Care
Date: March 24, 2012
Location: Grandover Conference Center, Greensboro, NC

The North Carolina Network Consortium will host a symposium for Primary Care Physicians, Clinic Staff, Health Care Researchers, and Public Health Workers. To register for this free conference, visit: http://tracs.unc.edu/emerging_issues


Save the Date: 2012 & Beyond Latino Health Equity Conference: Opening Pathways to Health
Date: May 17, 2012
Location: Portland, OR

New research, programs and policies are opening pathways for careers in health never before available to Latinos. More Latinos taking an active role in the health field will be a big step toward decreasing health disparities. Our conference aims to develop strategies that will bridge the gap between research and reality. This interactive forum will present the latest information and brings together a range of people invested in working together to put the information into practice. We are counting on you to be part of this exciting process! Conference registration begins February 17, 2012.

Participants are welcome to submit abstracts for poster presentations in the following topics:

•Health promotion
•Health policy / health services
•Career development / training programs
•Health disparities
•Healthy communities

Instructions for Abstract Submission:
Abstracts must be submitted before the 15th of March to info@latinohealthequityconference.com

All abstract will be reviewed by the Scientific Program Committee and the authors will be notified on the acceptance or rejection of their abstract by email by March 31st. Abstracts must be submitted in English. Titles should be concise and describe the presented work, written in 12 point font (Times New Roman) in bold. Author’s names, affiliations and text should be written in 12 point font (Times New Roman) single spaced. Author’s information should include full names of the authors’ and affiliations annotated by superscript numbers. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. The text should not include abbreviations and structural parts should summarize the main results and conclusions of the work (Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion). Illustrations, figures, tables, or graphs will not be accepted and will not appear in print. The Scientific Program Committee reserves the right to accept or refuse an abstract and to designate suitable sessions for the abstract.

Click here to download this information as a PDF. You can also visit the conference website at: http://www.latinohealthequityconference.com/


Junior Investigator Funding Opportunities
Funding Source: National Cancer Institute, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD)
Deadline: Varies
CRCHD supports junior investigators working in cancer and cancer health disparities research with opportunities to pursue research in biomedical, behavioral or clinical sciences leading to research independence. Funding opportunities ranging from research project supplements to career development awards are available.

More information.

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.



Research Coordinator, Carolina Community Network Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities *New*
Closing Date: February 29, 2012
This position will support a NCI-funded grant supplement to the Carolina Community Network Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. The Research Coordinator will provide support to the principal investigators’ research, which is a primarily population-based, cancer-focused, behavioral research study examining behavioral strategies for increasing cancer clinical trial enrollment among people living with HIV AIDS (PWLHAs) and cancer. This position is temporary.

For more information and to apply, visit: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/1546

Social/Clinical Research Assistant, UNC Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes
Closing Date: February 27, 2012 

The purpose of this position is to assist in the coordination, promotion, implementation, and evaluation of all Ethnicity, Culture, & Health Outcomes (ECHO) program activities. All aspects of the position relate to public health practice, research and the understanding of these processes. The person holding this position will assist the Associate Director and Special Projects Manager in a wide variety of on-going and one-time activities. Must be capable of being a self-starter, use working and acquired knowledge to solve problems in consultation with the Associate Director and Project Manager, and communicate program information effectively. Must possess strong written and verbal communication skills. Further, candidates will need to have strong organizational skills and be able to gather, document, and maintain program information. Some key tasks required for the position include: maintaining and updating website content; formatting manuscripts and reports; composing initial drafts of correspondences; coordinating seminars and meetings; monitoring and processing data and information; assisting in the collection of data for the evaluation of program activities; maintaining and updating bulletin board material; developing databases for storing and tracking program progress; and communicating accurately the mission, scope and activities of the ECHO program to others through written and verbal communication. This is a temporary position.

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