June 11, 2012

June 11, 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.


Gaps In Sexual Health Care For Male Teens ***NEW***“A recent article published by HealthCanal Health News discussed the unmet sexual and reproductive health care needs of young men. According to the article, health care providers often discuss sexual and reproductive health with young women, but fail to do so with young men. The article highlighted gender disparities in the provision of sexual and reproductive health care, including: conversations about sexual history, STI/HIV screenings, genital exams, and gender-specific health education.”

source: http://www.kff.org/

The State Of Research On Racial/Ethnic Discrimination In The Receipt Of Health Care ***NEW***
“A recent report published in the American Journal of Public Health reviewed the literature concerning racial and ethnic discrimination in health care settings and found many of the studies focused on provider biases and patient perception of discrimination.”
source: http://www.kff.org/

Contextualized Stress, Global Stress, And Depression In Well-Educated, Pregnant, African-American Women ***NEW***
“A recent study published in Women’s Health Issues found that racial, gendered, and general stress were all predictive of depression among well-educated, pregnant black women.
According to the article, previous studies have demonstrated that well-educated black women have worse birth outcomes than their white peers, as well as women from other racial and ethnic backgrounds who are less educated, unemployed, and uninsured. The authors of this study aimed to evaluate the impact of contextualized stress (a measure capturing the unique stress burden experienced by black women) and global stress (a stress measure generalizable across populations) on depression rates among well-educated black women during pregnancy.”
source: http://www.kff.org/

Individual- And Area-Level Unemployment Influence Smoking Cessation Among African Americans Participating In A Randomized Clinical Trial ***NEW***
“A recent study published in Social Science & Medicine found that being unemployed or living in communities with high unemployment rates each are associated with unsuccessful smoking cessation among blacks.”
source: http://www.kff.org/

Explaining Racial/Ethnic Disparities In Children’s Dental Health: A Decomposition Analysis ***NEW***
“A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that Hispanic children have worse dental health outcomes and are the least likely to access preventive dental care, followed by black then white children. The study found that socioeconomic factors largely explain racial and ethnic disparities in child dental health and preventive care.”
source: http://www.kff.org/



Health Disparities Seminar Series Feedback Survey ***NEW***

The ECHO Health Disparities Seminar Series consists of eight seminars during the academic year on topics relevant to health disparities. The series provides a collegial environment for faculty, students, visiting scholars, and community to share work in progress, innovative methods and approaches, and to exchange intellectual thoughts about health disparities. Please take a moment to share your feedback on ways we can improve the seminar series via the survey link below. This survey only takes less than five minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for your participation.


To view survey, click here.

Poorer Neighborhoods More Likely To Have Scarce Primary Health Services ***NEW***

“A recent article published in Medical News Today discussed a study that showed that blacks and Hispanics are more likely than whites or Asians to live in neighborhoods that are low-income, inner-city, or rural, and have access to few or no primary care physicians.
Source: http://www.kff.org/
Read more.

HIV hides soon after infection, UNC research shows ***NEW*** 

“While current therapies are effective at controlling HIV, some virus remains hidden in certain CD4+ T cells, specialized immune system cells in which the virus replicates itself. This latent infection remains a significant challenge to curing HIV.”
Source: SPH Weekly News

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Duke-led Clinical Trial Finds New Breast Cancer Drug Halts Tumor Growth Better Than Standard Therapy ***NEW***
“A new cancer treatment that links chemotherapy with an agent that homes in on specific breast cancer cells was significantly better than the current drug regimen at keeping patients’ advanced tumors from progressing, according to results from a Phase III clinical trial led by the Duke Cancer Institute.”
NCI Cancer Center News

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Lower income cancer patients less likely to be involved in clinical trials ***NEW***

Cancer patients with annual household incomes below $50,000 were less likely to participate in clinical trials than patients with annual incomes of $50,000 or higher, and were more likely to be concerned about how to pay for clinical trial participation.
Source: NCI Cancer Center News
Read more.

Breast Cancer: Blood Test Spots Wayward Tumor Cells ***NEW***
A simple blood test can help predict the recurrence of breast cancer, a new study has found.
source: abc news

Read more.


NC TraCS Grant Writing Seminar “Write Winning Grant Proposals”
Date: June 26, 2012
Time: 8:00am-4:00pm
Location: 1131 Bioinformatics Building
So You Want a Career Development Award?
Date: June 27
Time: 8am-12 pm
Location: 1131 Bioinformatics Building
To view flyer for both trainings, click here.
For more information, click here.

NC TraCS is offering a Responsible Conduct of Research Course

Date: July 16-20, 2012
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Medical Biomolecular Research Building Room 2204

For more information, click here.

CDC’s International Experience & Technical Assistance (IETA) Program
Are you interested in international public health work and looking for an opportunity to gain on-the-ground experience overseas? Then the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) International Experience and Technical Assistance (IETA) training program may be a perfect fit for you!

The IETA program combines classroom training with field experience, offering qualified public health professionals the opportunity to enhance their skills and apply them in an international public health setting. Further information is available on the CDC internet website at: http://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/IETA/


The deadline for application submission is tentatively set for COB Friday, October 12, 2012 and applications will be available in late August.

North Carolina Communities Working in Partnership: Policy Advocacy Training
Date: Friday, June 15, 2012 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Nash General Hospital
2460 Curtis Ellis Drive
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

  • Develop Effective Policy Advocacy Strategies
  • Identify Key Community Resources
  • Learn To Design A Policy Advocacy Campaign

To register, contact Veronica Carlisle at: veronica_carlisle@unc.edu
To view flyer, click here.
Lunch provided at both events
Sponsored by: Carolina Community Network, United Voices of Efland-Cheeks; UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

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 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.


Racial equity Institute: Anti-Racism Workshop ***NEW***

Sponsored by the Fisher Memorial – United Church Collaborative Committee on Racism

Date: July 6-7, 2012 (8:30 AM – 5:15 PM each day)
Location: United Church of Chapel Hill, 1320 Martin Luther King Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516

To view flyer, click here.
To view application, click here.


American Association for Cancer Research
The Fifth Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities – In Racial/Ethnic Minorities and The Medically Underserved
October 27-30, 2012 San Diego, California
The Science of Cancer Health Disparities

The 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit
Abstracts are being accepted through June 15, 2012 at 5:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time. Please review the detailed guidelines prior to submitting an abstract http://www.nimhd.nih.gov/summit_site/abstracts.html

For more information, click here.



The NC TraCS Institute is offering free workshops: Manuscript Writing Workshop
The Manuscript Writing Workshop will introduce participants to the concepts of manuscript development, critique, and submission. Participants will have an opportunity to have a manuscript they are currently working on critiqued and receive feedback. To take advantage of this opportunity, please submit a manuscript-in-progress to Arlinda Ellison by April 30, 2012 at Arlinda_ellison@med.unc.edu. THIS IS OPTIONAL, and not required for registration or attendance. Participants are also asked to indicate their discipline and areas of research.
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.
June 27, 2012 from 8:30-12:30 at Wesley Long Hospital, Education Center, Room 1
501 N. Elam Ave., Greensboro, NC, 27403

Link to register: http://tracs.unc.edu/manuscriptwriting_greensboro


PCORI to Fund $120M in Comparative Effectiveness Research in 2012 ***NEW***
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has released its first primary research funding announcements to support comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) that will give patients and those who care for them the ability to make better-informed health care decisions.
For more information, click here.

Funding Available from Elsa U. Pardee Foundation
No deadlines, apply at any time

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation funds investigators proposing research directed toward identifying new treatments or cures for cancer. The foundation particularly encourages grant applications for a one-year period which will allow establishment of capabilities of new cancer researchers, or new cancer approaches by established cancer researchers. It is anticipated that this early stage funding by the foundation may lead to subsequent and expanded support using government agency funding. Project relevance to cancer detection, treatment, or cure should be clearly identified.

For more information, click here and here.


AACR-Prevent Cancer Foundation Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research
Deadline: June 20, 2012

The AACR and the Prevent Cancer Foundation are pleased to co-sponsor this major international award in recognition of outstanding cancer prevention research. The award is given to a scientist residing in any country in the world for his or her seminal contributions to the field of cancer prevention. Such investigations must have been conducted in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiological, or behavioral science in cancer prevention research. Further, these studies must have had not only a major impact on the field, but must also have stimulated new directions in this important area. The recipient of the award will receive a $5,000 honorarium and present a 50-minute lecture at the Tenth Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research.


Clinical Investigator Award in Breast Cancer Research, Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO)
Deadline: Noon, July 9, 2012

The purpose of this award is to promote patient-oriented breast cancer research conducted by surgical oncologists in clinical and translational science. Applicants must be surgical oncologists within 10 years of completion of training and be full SSO members. Applicants must commit to at least 25 percent effort for this award. The award will be funded for two years at $100,000 ($50,000 per year) beginning October 1, 2012.

For more information, click here.


U.S.-China Program for Biomedical Collaborative Research (R01), RFA-AI-12-021
Letter of Intent Due Date: August 18, 2012
Application Due Date(s): September 18, 2012, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

The purpose of the U.S.-China Program for Biomedical Collaborative Research is to stimulate collaborative basic, translational, and applied research between United States (U.S.)-based researchers and Chinese researchers in the areas of allergy, immunology, and infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS and its co-morbidities and co-infections, cancer, mental health, Parkinson’s disease (PD), and stroke.

For more information, click here.

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.


2012-2013 Elon University Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowships for Developing Teacher – Scholars from Diverse Backgrounds ***NEW***
Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral fellowships are available for teacher-scholars who have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation or who have recently completed a Ph.D or MFA.

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

Research Coordinator
Lineberger’s Comprehensive Cancer Center
Application Deadline June 18, 2012
To view posting, https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/4363

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 June 11, 2012