April 15, 2013

April 15, 2013


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.


Early-onset baldness in African-American men may be linked to prostate cancer “Baldness was associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer among African-American men, and risk for advanced prostate cancer increased with younger age and type of baldness, according to data from the University of Pennsylvania (home of the Abramson Cancer Center) published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.”

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Study links revamped primary care services to better A1C in Blacks

“Rural, low-income black patients with type 2 diabetes who received primary care services that featured education, coaching and medication intensification attained greater reductions in A1C and systolic blood pressure levels compared with those who had usual care, a study found.”Read more.

Heart Failure Doesn’t Discriminate “Both black and white Americans have similar, higher than expected, lifetime risk of heart failure.”

“Lifetime risk for heart failure is similar for blacks and whites and higher than expected for both groups — ranging from 20 to 45 percent — according to a new Northwestern Medicine® study.”

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Research Opportunity: Are you an African American breast cancer survivor or caregiver to someone with breast cancer? **New**
You may be eligible to participate in a focus group to share your opinions about peer support and provide feedback on how to take a training program and turn it into one that will best serve African American breast cancer survivors and caregivers. An incentive will be provided for participation.
You may qualify if you are: African-American, between the ages of 18-99 years, and received a diagnosis with breast cancer or is/was a caregiver to someone with breast cancer.
If interested, please call La-Shell Johnson at (919) 843-1479 or email at lturnbul@email.unc.edu
This study has been approved by the UNC-CH IRB (IRB Study # 12-1941).

Research Opportunity: Colorectal Cancer & African American MenA study is currently recruiting African American men (between ages 19-45) to better understand the intersection of male role norms, knowledge, attitudes and intentions to screen for colorectal cancer among young adult African American men.

If you are an African-American male between 19 and 45 years old living in the U.S., then you are qualified to participate by completing a survey at www.ChangeThaGame.com. It will take approximately 30 minutes of your time. Eligible participants who complete the will be considered for 1 of 4 incentives.

For more information and if you have any questions, contact Charles R. Rogers at crrogers2@tamu.edu or (919) 438-2412.

This study has been approved by the Texas A&M University IRB (TAMU IRB2013-0088).



HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Statement on National Minority Health Month


Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (2nd edition)

“The Encyclopedia Of Race And Racism, 2nd Edition provides critical information and context on the underlying social, economic, geographical, and political conditions that, gave rise and continue to foster racism. Religion, political economy, social activism, health, concepts, and constructs are explored.”

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Two New USPSTF Videos Available

“The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF or Task Force) released two new short videos about the role the Task Force plays in preventive medicine and its process for developing evidence-based recommendations.”

View USPSTF Overview video.

View USPSTF on process for developing recommendations.

Health Coverage by Race and Ethnicity: The Potential Impact of the Affordable Care Act

“One of the key goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to reduce the number of uninsured through a Medicaid expansion and the creation of health insurance exchange marketplaces with advance premium tax credits to help moderate-income individuals pay for this coverage. Given that people of color are at disproportionate risk of being uninsured and having low incomes, the ACA coverage expansions could particularly benefit communities of color and advance efforts to eliminate disparities. This brief provides an overview of health coverage by race and ethnicity today to provide greater insight into the potential impacts of the ACA coverage expansions for people of color.”

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Summer Institute course – “Early Childhood Research with Tribal Communities”
July 22-26, 2013
Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health

“This 2-credit course, titled Early Childhood Research with Tribal Communities, is offered to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal early childhood program directors and staff, health and education professionals and paraprofessionals, and others interested in tribal early childhood development and intervention research. The course will: 1) explore methods and theoretical approaches to early childhood development and intervention research in tribal contexts; 2) consider optimal systems of early childhood care in low resource settings; and 3) examine unique aspects of tribal research and culture, emphasizing the importance of community-based and community-engaged approaches.”

Application Deadline: May 1, 2013

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Sol Price School of Public Policy Summer Pre-Doctoral Workshop for Students of Color
Date: July 21-24, 2013

To introduce planning doctoral study to selected outstanding students, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, will host a four-day workshop to prepare students to apply to and succeed in doctoral programs. Students from groups that are underrepresented on planning faculties are particularly encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is April 26, 2013.

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Racial Equity Institute, Anti-Racism Training
June 13-14, 2013
St. Paul Baptist Church, Greensboro, NC

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 those persons who are interested in understanding and eliminating racial inequities
and disparities within our society.Learn more.

19th National Health Equity Research Webcast **New**
(formerly known as the Annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference on Minority Health).Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 1:30-4:00pm EDT

Location: Webcast and Tate-Turner-Kuralt building auditorium

Topic: “Early Childhood Development: Investing in our Children and Our Future”


Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, B.A., Director, Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Portia R. Kennel, M.S.W., Senior Vice President, Program Innovation, Ounce of Prevention Fund and Executive Director, Educare Learning Network
Sarah L. (Hicks) Kastelic, M.S.W.,Ph.D., Deputy Director, National Indian Child Welfare Association
Moderator: Khari M. Garvin, M.Ed., Director, NC Head Start-State Collaboration Office, Office of Early Learning (Pre-K – Grade 3), State Board of Education/Department of Public Instruction
This free, interactive session will be broadcast with a live audience in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt auditorium at the UNC School of Social Work and can be viewed over the Internet (webcast). Questions will be taken from broadcast participants by email and toll-free telephone.For more information: www.minority.unc.edu/institute/2013/

To register a group viewing site: www.minority.unc.edu/institute/2013/broadcast/

To register to view on your personal computer: www.minority.unc.edu/institute/2013/register/

To register for the studio audience at the TTK auditorium: www.minority.unc.edu/institute/2013/studio/

Answers to frequently asked questions: www.minority.unc.edu/institute/2013/faq.cfm

Participant comments from a previous year: www.minority.unc.edu/institute/2011/eval/comments.cfm

The 19th National Health Equity Research Webcast is presented by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Minority Health Project and UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, in association with Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Please consider becoming a cosponsor or providing an endorsement!

Prostate Cancer Roundtable hosted by Pastor, Dr. Thomas L. Walker **New**
Date: April 30, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Ebenezer Baptist Church (702 W. Raleigh Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC)
Lunch will be provided and vendors are welcomed. For more information and to register, call (252) 212-5480 or (252) 446-2378.

EBC-Atom, Inc. Health Disparity Conference-Eastern Region **New**
Date: April 25, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Ebenezer Baptist Church (702 W. Raleigh Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC)
Lunch will be provided and vendors are welcomed. For more information and to register, call (252) 212-5480 or (252) 446-2378.  

11th Annual Disparities in Health in America: Working Towards Social Justice Summer Workshop

Date: June 17-22, 2013
Location: Prairie View A&M University, College of Nursing

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Dorothy I. Height Center for Health Equity & Evaluation Research presents the 11th Annual Disparities in Health in America: Working Towards Social Justice Summer Workshop. 11th Annual Summer Workshop. The 11th Annual Disparities in Health in America Workshop: Working Towards Social Justice, is a six-day workshop that aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of health disparities, of means to enhance health equity, and of the bio-psychosocial approach in addressing health disparities in a minority and the medically underserved populations. The Summer Workshop will take place Monday, June 17- Saturday, June 22, 2013at Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing.

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NCI Provocative Questions RFA **New**
Funding source: National Cancer Institute
Deadline: June 20, 2013
“The provocative questions initiative has assembled a list of 24 important questions from the research community to stimulate the NCI’s research communities to use laboratory, clinical and population sciences in especially effective and imaginative ways to answer the questions. The questions are categorized into 4 themes:”*Cancer Prevention and Risk
*Mechanisms of Tumor Development or Recurrence
*Tumor Detection, Diagnosis, and Prognosis
*Cancer Therapy and Outcomes


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2013 Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award
Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2013

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center announces the 2013 Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award, a competitive $5,000 award to recognize excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences. This cash award goes directly to the recipient and can be used for any purpose. This award honors Dr. Marci Kramish Campbell, a leader in cancer prevention and control, disparities, and survivorship research at UNC-Chapel Hill and across the nation. Graduate students in any of the population disciplines (epidemiology, nutrition, behavioral sciences, health services and outcomes research, psychology, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Candidates should be in their final year with a dissertation defense that occurred or will occur between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. The faculty sponsor must be a Cancer Center member. The application package must include: a curriculum vitae; a one- to two-page, (single-spaced) research description; and at least two letters of support: one from the Center member faculty sponsor and at least one from another academic reference. One of the two references should be the chair of the student’s dissertation committee and that letter should state that the student will defend his/her thesis in the appropriate time frame. The application should be submitted as a single PDF. Selection will be based on academic record, quality of the research, and supporting letters. The deadline for application is 5:00 pm on Friday, May 17, 2013. Email the application to Sara Vandegrift (sara.vandegrift@unc.edu). Please also mail or deliver a hard copy of the application to: Sara Vandegrift, Administrative Support Specialist, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, CB# 7294, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7294. A mid-June award date is anticipated.

Revision Applications for Basic Social and Behavioral Research on the Social, Cultural, Biological, and Psychological Mechanisms of Stigma (R01) Grant.
Funding source: HHS/NIH
Deadline: August 2, 2013

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued as part of the NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Opportunity Network (OppNet), encourages revision applications to incorporate basic research on behavioral and social mechanisms underlying stigma into active R01 research projects. For this initiative, projects may focus on stigma processes and mechanisms from the perspective of stigmatized individuals or groups and/or of individuals or groups holding stigmatizing beliefs. Projects may examine stigma in the context of specific health conditions; however, the focus of the work must be on the underlying mechanisms of stigma rather than on condition-specific manifestations of stigma.

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Last updated April 15, 2013