March 19, 2012

March 19, 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 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! 

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!


Drug helps purge hidden HIV virus, study shows 

A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have successfully flushed latent HIV infection from hiding, with a drug used to treat certain types of lymphoma. Tackling latent HIV in the immune system is critical to finding a cure for AIDS.While current antiretroviral therapies can very effectively control virus levels, they can never fully eliminate the virus from the cells and tissues it has infected.
Source: UNC School of Medicine,Vital Signs

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Mayo Clinic research shows virtual colonoscopies suitable for people 65 and older

A new study, led by a physician from Mayo Clinic in Arizona, shows that virtual colonoscopy isn’t just for younger people. The American College of Radiology Imaging Network study published in Radiology now indicates that virtual colonoscopy is comparable to standard colonoscopy for people better than 65 years old. Virtual colonoscopy, known more formally as computerized tomographic CT colonography, uses advanced imaging software to produce a three-dimensional view of the entire colon and rectum.
Source: National Cancer Institute, NCI Cancer Center News

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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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NC Cervical Cancer Resource Directory Now Available *New*
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
To access the directory, visit (in English & Spanish).

U.S. Surgeon General: Young Adults are “Prime Targets” for Tobacco Advertising and Marketing *New*
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
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NCI’s goes Mobile 

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) announces the launch of a new mobile website, Designed specifically for mobile phone users on any mobile platform, the site offers much of the same high-quality information found on’s desktop site.Available in English and Spanish, provides cancer patients, their loved ones, and their caregivers with credible, current information about:

• A wide range of cancer types
• Cancer diagnosis and treatment
• Dealing with treatment side effects
• Questions to ask your doctor
• Breaking and current cancer news
• A dictionary of cancer terms that includes audio pronunciations
• One-touch connection to NCI’s 1-800-4-CANCER information specialist lineIn the future, additional content, including information about clinical trials, will be added to
Please share this exciting news with your networks and use the toolkit materials below for your social media platforms, newsletters, e-blasts, and websites.


States Urged to Recognize and Address Colon Cancer Screening Gaps 

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A coalition of 13 colorectal cancer prevention groups, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA), today called on lawmakers in 20 states to ensure that their citizens have access to lifesaving colon cancer screening procedures. While the federal health care law will expand access to colorectal cancer screening exams for millions of Americans, particularly those aged 50-75, the groups say states have a responsibility to ensure that people not covered by the law, particularly those in high-risk populations, can get these life-saving examinations.According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 143,460 people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 51,690 are expected to die from the disease in 2012, making it the second-leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined. The disease is often entirely preventable through the removal of precancerous polyps, which are detectable only through screening, and the five-year survival rate for those who have their cancer detected at an early stage is 90%.
Source: PR Newswire

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Public Health Training Fellowships *New*
The CDC offers a variety of public health training fellowships for students, graduates, and health professionals. To explore these opportunities, please visit:
Spring 2012 ECHO Health Disparities Seminar Series

If you are interested in attending a seminar, please let us know by emailing Brandolyn at . 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.”
Friday, March 30, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
101 Rosenau Hall, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Save-the-Date: 2012 Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities *New*
Date: October 31- November 3, 2012
Location: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland
The 2012 Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities will soon release a call for conference presentation abstracts. Proposals should reflect the broad summit theme of integrating science, policy, and practice to build a healthier society.
Abstracts will be accepted under three categories: i) integrated panel presentations, ii) oral presentations, and iii) poster presentations.
Abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be limited to 300 words and 500 words for integrated panel proposals. Each presentation should fall under one of th ree tracks: Translational and Transdisciplinary Research; Capacity-Building and Infrastructure; or Outreach Partnerships, Collaborations, and Opportunities.
Additional details, including submission guidelines, themes and topics will be forthcoming in the official call for abstracts. For any specific inquiries, send an e-mail to:

Triangle Race Conference *New*
Date: March 30-31, 2012
Location: UNC Sonja Haynes Stones Center
This is a conference collaborative effort by graduate students from UNC, Duke, and NCCU to bring graduate students, scholars, and community members together to examine the latest interdisciplinary research on race and ethnicity. The primary focus of the conference is to provide graduate students with the opportunity to receive constructive feedback from various perspectives on their work and to provide support for the next wave of new scholars studying race and ethnicity.
Registration is FREE. Food will be guaranteed with pre-registration. Pre-registration is available on Pre-registration deadline is Monday, March 26!
For more information, contact

What Do the National Football League, Obesity, Race, and SES Have in Common?, Featuring Dr. Robert W. Turner II
Date: Monday, March 26, 2012
Location: Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Turner is a Fellow in the Carolina Postdoctoral Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to earning a Ph.D. in sociology, he played professional football for four years. Drawing upon his experiences as a college and professional athlete, Dr. Turner’s scholarly interests cross many disciplines, providing the opportunity for new interdisciplinary research efforts in the school of public health and beyond.

The event will take place on Monday, March 26 from 3:30pm-5:00 in 1301 McGravran-Greenberg (Gillings School of Global Public Health)

Sponsored by: Department of Maternal and Child Health, Obesity and Physical Activity Seminar Series,
Department of Nutrition, Injury Prevention Research Center, and Carolina Population Center


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:

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


REACH (Resources for Education and Access for Carolina’s Health): Request for Grant Proposals
Funding Source: REACH
Deadline: March 26, 2012

Resources for Education and Access for Carolina’s Health (REACH) is a grant committee led by students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Through a partnership with the Learning by Giving Foundation and the class Philanthropy as a Tool for Social Change, REACH is committed to awarding $10,000 in grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations. We invite nonprofits focused on health access, health education and chronic disease prevention to apply for one of up to five grants between $2,000 and $10,000.

Focus Areas
We seek proposals from North Carolina nonprofit organizations addressing the following needs:
• Health access: increasing the availability of health care resources within North Carolina communities
• Health education: supporting people in maintaining their own health through knowledge and awareness
• Chronic disease prevention: reducing the incidence of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer
Preference will be given to organizations that target:
• Families
• Low-income populations
To be eligible for a grant, your organization must:
• Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (UNC-CH student organizations are not eligible)
• Be based in North Carolina, and primarily serve populations within North Carolina
• Propose a project that aligns with our focus areas of health access, health education and/or disease prevention
Grant Information:
• Eligible organizations may request between $2,000 and $10,000
• Awarded grants average between $3,000 and $5,000
• No more than 15 percent of the awarded amount may go to overhead/administrative costs
Application Process:
Applications are due no later than March 26 at 11: 59 p.m. EDT. To apply, complete the .doc application form and email it to, along with proof of proof of 501(c)(3) status. Please feel free to contact if you have questions or need more information at the provided email address.
For more information and to access the application, click here.

GlaxoSmithKline’s 4th Annual IMPACT Awards
Funding Source: GlaxoSmithKline
Deadline: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (4:00PM EDT)

• Are you a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing access to healthcare and setting an outstanding example?
• Would you like to receive an award of $40,000 for your current, overall work?
• Would you like the media to tell the story of your work in the community?
• Do you want the opportunity to share best practices with other organizations that provide access to healthcare?
The GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards target community-based healthcare nonprofits in the Research Triangle Park region that provide access to healthcare for the underserved. Up to ten organizations in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Guilford, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, or Wake Counties will be awarded $40,000 each. Please review the Announcement Flyer and the Application for more details on this year’s program. You can find them on the GSK website at this link:

In the Research Triangle Park region, the GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards are presented in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that manages $145 million in funds established by individuals, businesses, and families. From these funds, it gives grants to nonprofit organizations and administers a variety of programs for the community’s benefit. The Foundation currently manages over 750 funds, ranging in size from $10,000 to $10 million. On average, it distributes more than 10% of its assets each year. For more information visit


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.

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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.



Student Research Assistant, UNC Department of Family Medicine *New*
The Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program in the UNC Department of Family Medicine is seeking a graduate assistant to work on an evaluation project with the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network. The Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program (TPEP) is seeking a Research Assistant to work on an evaluation project for the National African American Tobacco Preventions Network (NAATPN). NAATPN is a national non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the development and implementation of comprehensive and community competent tobacco control programs to benefits communities and people of African descent.
The Research Assistant in this position will be responsible for:
1. Identifying (through a combination of literature searches, telephone interviews, blogs, etc.) ten (10) outcomes impacting tobacco control and prevention in Black communities across the nation as a result of local, statewide and federal tobacco control initiatives.
2. Cataloguing and referencing collected information
3. Determining appropriate methods to disseminate collected information using NAATPN communications channels (listservs, website, Facebook page, newsletter, etc.).
4. Identifying gaps that exist for tobacco control in Black Communities as identified by review of the collected information.
5. Engaging NAATPN affiliates and partners to help identify and evaluate promising practices that should be reported in this report.
The Research Assistant will collaborate with and provide report to the TPEP Director and Associate Director. Applicants seeking this position should have research experience, excellent writing, and the ability to interact and communicate well with others. This is a 4-month research project that ends June 30, 2012. The hours are flexible and the pay rate is $25.00 per hour.
Interested applicants please submit resume and cover letter to Dr. Leah Ranney at
Education Requirements and Qualifications:
The applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree in public health or in a social/behavioral science with a minimum of two years’ experience in working in a research field. Graduate student preferred.

Health Communication Program Manager
Closing Date: March 20, 2012

This position develops and manages a department-wide communications services program. Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with major coursework in health communication, graphic design, health education, and/or public health with at least 2 years of progressively responsible experience. Prefer Master’s degree in Health Communication or related field and course work or experience in graphic design, program planning/evaluation; learning and behavioral theory; survey design; policy development; marketing and grant writing.

For more information & to apply online, visit:



Last updated March 19, 2012