May 28, 2012

May 28, 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 or contact 919-843-3539. Please forward your announcements by noon on Wednesdays. Announcements are sent out before COB on Mondays.


The Challenges of Asthma in Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities ***NEW***
“A landmark report by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) called, Ethnic Disparities in the Burden and Treatment of Asthma [PDF | 551KB] Exit Disclaimer, documented disparities among blacks and Puerto Ricans with asthma, including potential hereditary, environmental, and socioeconomic factors as well as efforts underway to lessen these disparities.

Screening for Prostate Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement
“The USPSTF recommends against prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer (grade D recommendation).”
“This recommendation applies to men in the general U.S. population, regardless of age. This recommendation does not include the use of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test for surveillance after diagnosis or treatment of prostate cancer; the use of the PSA test for this indication is outside the scope of the USPSTF.”Read more.

Wealthy Pick Colonoscopy Over At-Home Cancer Test
“Previous studies have shown that although colon cancer screening rates have increased over the past decade, people in lower socioeconomic-status groups are less likely to be screened in general.”
Source: Chicago Tribune

N.C. House and Senate Leaders Announce UNC Health Care System and WakeMed Agreement

WakeMed and UNC School of Medicine have a 40-year history of working together to educate the next generation of physicians. WakeMed, UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine have entered into a new five-year contract (automatically renewed for a second five years unless terminated) to provide education and training, as well as much needed care to the underserved. UNC residents and medical students will continue their rotations at WakeMed. UNC will support WakeMed’s application for the Council of Teaching Hospitals.


“There’s a battle for better health going on in poor neighborhoods across the country, and part of that battle involves getting people living in so-called food deserts access to healthy food.”
Source: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, News & Events


The UNC Center for Diabetes Translation Research is fostering collaboration among partner institutions

The newly established UNC Center for Diabetes Translation Research to Reduce Health Disparities (CDTR) recently brought together institutional partners and diabetes researchers to foster collaboration during its first annual meeting.

Currently, 1 in 9 adults in the U.S. (about 26.4 million) has Type 2 diabetes. Projections suggest that 1 in 3 people may have the condition by 2050. Diabetes-related annual costs are currently $174 billion and may increase to $336 billion by 2034. Unfortunately, poor, minority and rural populations with limited access to health care suffer disproportionately. Especially in North Carolina, African-American, Hispanic and Native-American populations have a higher rate of diabetes and related complications.

Read more.


NC TraCS Grant Writing Seminar “Write Winning Grant Proposals”
Date: June 26, 2012
Time: 8:00am-4:00pm
Location: 1131 Bioinformatics Building
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:


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:
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–workshops/cancer-health-disparities.aspx

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

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 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
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:


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:


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.
Application materials must be submitted between September 1 and December 1, 2012.

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,

National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program
Deadline: August 25, 2012.

To learn more about eligibility requirements and application details, click here or contact


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 08, 2012