July 16, 2012

July 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 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.

July is UV Safety Month

New Study Finds Dramatic Rise in Diabetes among American Teens ***NEW*** 

“Diabetes rates rose by nearly 25 percent among American teens in the last decade, according to new data presented by UNC researchers at the American Diabetes Association annual meeting held earlier this month in Philadelphia.”

source: sph weekly news

Researchers Develop and Test New Anti-Cancer Therapy ***NEW***

“Researchers have found a new vaccine therapy to be effective in eradicating established cancers that develop in mice as a result of HPV. Current commercial vaccines (Cervarix and Guardasil) are shown to be effective in protecting against the transmission of HPV. Investigators found that the new vaccine therapy (TriVax-HPV) effectively treated established HPV-induced cancers by clearing 100% of tumors in mice that received the vaccine. The unvaccinated mice experienced tumor growth at a rapid rate. While the vaccine has yet to be tested in humans, the research is encouraging and highlights the feasibility of less invasive and toxic cancer therapies that are in fact more effective.”
source: www.ccfnc.org

Gathering Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Health IT: Better Information Can Help Close Disparities Gap ***NEW***
“A growing body of knowledge, including the federal government’s Healthy People 2020
plan for progress toward a healthier America over the next decade and two reports from
the Institute of Medicine, demonstrates that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
population faces significant disparities in health status and access to health care coverage
and services.

source: minorityhealth.hhs.gov

Black Americans and HIV/AIDS ***NEW***
“Black Americans have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS since the epidemic’s beginning, and that disparity has deepened over time.”
source: www.kff.org


Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children: A new report released. Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities. ***NEW***
Source: minorityhealth.hhs.gov

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Press Release. FDA approves first over-the-counter home use HIV test kit. ***NEW***
Source: minorityhealth.hhs.gov


HIV Infection Rate Skyrockets Among Some D.C. Women ***NEW*** 

“A recent article published in the Washington Post discussed a study that found the HIV prevalence rate among primarily low-income heterosexual black women in the District of Columbia nearly doubled between 2008 and 2010 from 6.3 percent to 12.1 percent.”

source: www.kff.org

Migrantfarm Workers: Medical Care For An Invisible Population ***NEW*** 

“A recent article in American Medical News discussed the many barriers to good health and quality care for migrant farmworkers.”
source: www.kff.org

Read more.

The Impact Of Insurance Coverage In Diminishing Racial And Ethnic Disparities In Behavioral Health Services ***NEW***

“A recent report published in Health Services Research found that the expansion of insurance under the Affordable Care Act might have a different impact on access to behavioral health services for different racial and ethnic groups.”

Read more.
North Carolina Communities Working in Partnership: Building Capacity for Policy Change Training
Free Workshop ***NEW***
Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Guilford Tech Community College
Greensboro Campus
3505 E Wendover Ave
Greensboro, NC 27405
For more information and to view flyer, click here.

Informed Consent Process Workshop ***NEW***
Sponsored by NC TraCS
Date: July 24, 2012
Location: Bondurant Hall G30

Webcast: Providing Culturally Competent Care to Latino Patients ***NEW***
source: www.WakeAHEC.org
May be viewed online until 6/30/2013 1:30 PM
Registration fee: $20.00
For more information, click here.

Clinical Research 101: Who’s who at UNC

The Network for Clinical Research Professionals (NCRP) hosts a variety of education seminars to support continuing education for research professionals on campus.

Date: August 10, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Brinkhous-Bullitt Room 219

For more information, click here.

Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People is sponsoring a “FREE HEALTH FAIR to Address Serious Health Disparities” ***NEW***

Date: Friday, July 27, 2012

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: CAARE building, 214 Broadway Street, Durham, NC 27701
This day-long event will include health care screenings, prevention tips, health education materials and definitive approaches to improve your health.


For more information, click here.
To view flyer, click here.

Voices from the Valley: Patient-Provider Communication Along the Breast Cancer Continuum in Northeastern North Carolina Fall Conference ***NEW***
Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: The Centre at Halifax Community College
100 College Drive, Weldon, NC 27890
Registration is FREE & REQUIRED
For more information, contact Angela Carter at 252-535-8623 or acarter@hrmc.org
To view flyer, click here.

Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Health Conference ***NEW***
Date: December 4-6, 2012
Location: Asheville, NC
For more information, click here.

The American Academy of Pediatrics: Conference. Pediatrics for the 21st Century – Embracing Every Child: Combating Health Disparities in Your Practice and Community ***NEW***

Date: Friday, October 19, 2012
Time: 11:30 AM-5:30 PM
Location: New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans
For more information, click here.

Health Disparities Conference 2013 ***NEW***
Health Equity Through Translational Research & Partnerships

Date: April 17-19, 2013
Location: Durham Convention Center

For more information, click here.

The 13th Annual HBCU and HSI Health Services Research Conference: Innovative Intervention Strategies Across the Lifespan

Annual HBCU Network Meeting – September 12, 2012

Conference – September 13, 2012

Sponsored by National Historically HBCUs Research Network for Health Services and Health Disparities
The WSSU Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities


Anderson Center, Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Registration Fees:

HBCU Network Members: $50.00
Non-HBCU Members: $150.00 (Note: $100 of non-member registration can be applied toward tax deductible membership)
Students: $10.00
Senior and Community Members: Scholarships are available for all seniors and community members (non-organization affiliations)
For more information, click here.

2012 NC Health Professions Diversity Conference
Date: Wednesday, August 29- Thursday, August 30
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Grandover Hotel and Conference Center (Greensboro, N.C.)

The theme of this year’s conference is “Showcasing Success – Creating Equity in Opportunity.” This conference will focus on showcasing models and strategies that have proven successful in recruiting and retaining students in health professional programs as well as maintaining a diverse workforce.

For more information, click here.


Grant Opportunity: HHS/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Targeted Capacity Expansion Program: Substance Abuse Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High Risk for HIV/AIDS ***NEW***
Deadline July 20, 2012
For more information, click here.

Grant Opportunity: PPHF 2012: REACH: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health financed solely by 2012 Prevention and Public Health Funds ***NEW***
Application Deadline: August 7, 2012
For more information, click here.

Grant Opportunity: PPHF 2012: REACH: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health: Obesity and Hypertension Demonstration Projects financed solely by 2012 Prevention and Public Health Funds ***NEW***

Application Deadline: August 7, 2012
For more information, click here.

Funding Opportunities for Lung Cancer Research: Uniting Against Lung Cancer 2012
Deadline: August 15, 2012

The Foundation is prioritizing novel ideas with potential to make a significant impact on current treatment of lung cancer and patient survival, adding years rather than months. The Foundation has placed high priority on funding research that has a clear path to clinical application and/or therapeutic development.

For more information, click here.



National Rural Health Association: Rural Health Fellows Program ***NEW***

Application deadline is August 31, 2012
For more information, contact Gaby Boscan, Manager, Program Services, at 202-639-0550 or gboscan@NRHArural.org.
To view website, click here.


National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

Deadline: August 25, 2012.

To learn more about eligibility requirements and application details, click here or contact cpfpcoordinator@mail.nih.gov.


Postdoctoral Fellowship: Culturally-Grounded Health Disparities Research, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral fellowship beginning Fall, 2012, with the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC). Depending on performance, the fellowship may be had for up to 2 years. The goal of the fellowship is to enhance the research skills of the next generation of health disparities scholars.

Applications will be reviewed beginning July 1st, 2012. Candidates must submit a letter of interest, CV, names and addresses of three professional references, a statement of research agenda, and two samples of written/published material to:

Ms. Gwen Johnson,
Business Operations Manager
Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC)
School of Social Work – College of Public Programs
411 N. Central Avenue, Suite 720, MC 4320, Phoenix, AZ 85004-0693
602-496-0700 – 602-496-0956 fax

To view flyer, click here.


Last updated July 16, 2012