June 10, 2013

June 10, 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 Marcy Williams on at willia31@unc.edu or contact 919-843-3539. Please forward your announcements by noon on Wednesdays. Newsletters are bi-weekly during the summer months.

June 10-16 is National Men’s Health Week

Black Prostate Cancer Patients More Likely to Delay Treatment: Study. **New**
Black men with prostate cancer wait a bit longer to begin treatment following their diagnosis than white men, a new study shows.Researchers said racial disparities in cancer care must be eliminated so black men receive treatment for prostate cancer sooner.

“This study contributes to a growing body of studies demonstrating the disparities in care and outcomes among African-American and Caucasian prostate cancer patients in this country,” study author Dr. Ronald Chen, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said in a university news release.


Colorectal Cancer and African American Men. **New**
The playing field is not even as it relates to deaths from colorectal cancer for African-American men. There is a critical need for exploring the poorly understood, complex factors that may shape intentions to screen for CRC among men who are younger than those traditionally assessed by health promotion researchers and clinicians (i.e., African-American men, ages 19-45).
If you are an African-American male aged 19 to 45 and would like to participate in this study please visit www.changethagame.com


Blacks may face higher risk of MS than whites.
Black Americans may be at higher risk for multiple sclerosis than whites, according to study findings that contradict a widely held belief that blacks are less likely to develop the neurological disease.Read more.

Living near fast-food outlets might boost obesity risk.
Having a fast-food restaurant nearby might be a convenience, but living within two miles of one may be a little too convenient. According to a new study, black Americans who live near these businesses have a higher body-mass index than those living farther away.Researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center found this was particularly true for those with a lower income. The findings are significant because black people are at greater risk for the negative health effects associated with obesity, such as diabetes and heart disease, the study authors pointed out.

Read more.


Changing the Face of Clinical Trials **New**
Efforts are under way to increase African-American enrollment in cancer clinical trials.
Overall, only about 5 to 10 percent of cancer patients participate in clinical trials. And when it comes to African-American cancer patients, the figures are even lower: 2 to 4 percent. This low participation makes it difficult for researchers to get answers to critical questions.

Read more.


Photo Essay: Forever Young **New**
In images of four breast cancer survivors navigating the medical system, photographer David Jay captures portraits of emotional strength, economic struggle and hope.

UNC to test interventions aimed at reducing colon cancer screening disparities. **New**

The American Cancer Society has awarded University of North Carolina School of Medicine researcher Dan Reuland, MD, MPH a $1.7 million Research Scholar Grant to test interventions designed to reduce colon cancer screening disparities in vulnerable patient groups, particularly Latinos.


June 10-16 is National Men’s Health Week. **New**
The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

Read more.

Environmental Health Disparities and Environmental Justice Meeting. **New**
On July 29-31, 2013 the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in partnership with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) , National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , Office of Minority Health (OMH) , Indian Health Service (IHS) will host a meeting focused on identifying priorities for action to address environmental health disparities and environmental justice.
More information.

National Cancer Institute Cancer Fellowship Program
Application Deadline: August 25, 2013
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) is now accepting applications for Cancer Prevention Fellows. The deadline this year is August 25, 2013. Please share this unique postdoctoral training opportunity in the fields of cancer prevention and control with your contacts across the biomedical, health and related disciplines.
Register now.
“Can We Talk?” African-American Listening Session **New**
Friday, June 21, 2013 – Saturday, June 22, 2013
You are invited to share your thoughts at a listening session for African American men and women of child-bearing age, 15-44 years of age. The goal of the session is to obtain feedback from attendees that will be used to design creative, impactful health messages and update the NC Preconception Health Strategic Plan.
More information.
To Register.

National Men’s Health Day.
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Hayes Taylor Memorial YMCA, Greensboro, NC
For more information, visit www.piedmonthealthservices.org or call (336) 274-1507.

NC Cervical Cancer Coalition Summit **New**
Strengthening Systems and Programs
Friday September 13, 2013
Raleigh Crabtree Marriott

More information.

Sisters Network® Inc. Breast Cancer Symposium
Topic: Knowledge is Power
How much do you know about breast cancer?
Saturday, June 22, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Greensboro, NCMore information.


Go Red™ for Women Multicultural Scholarship Fund.

For racially and ethnically diverse women in at-risk communities, the need for passionate, strong voices in healthcare is critical.

That’s because Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanics. And African American women have almost twice the risk of stroke than Caucasians. Yet, there’s a shortage of diversity in female nurses and doctors.

Go Red For Women is committed to reversing those trends. That’s why we invite women to apply for one of the 16 scholarships of $2,500 that will be awarded through the Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship Fund.


More information.


DoD FY2013 Funding Opportunities
More opportunities may be available that are not posted here.
For more information.
Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

Maximum funding of $300,000 for direct costs ($100,000 per year; plus indirect costs).
Period of performance not to exceed 3 years.
Pre-Application (Letter of Intent): June 18, 2013

Era of Hope Scholar Award
Maximum funding of $2.5 million for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
Period of performance not to exceed 5 years.
Pre-Application (Letter of Intent): June 18, 2013

Innovator Award
Maximum funding of $5 million for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
Period of performance not to exceed 5 years.
Pre-Application (Nomination): June 25, 2013

Breakthrough Award (New for FY13!)
Pre-Application Deadline (Preproposal Narrative Form): June 25, 2013

Ovarian Cancer Academy Award
Maximum funding of $725,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
Period of performance not to exceed 5 years.
Pre-Application: June 12, 2013

Resource Development Award
Maximum funding of $400,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
Period of performance not to exceed 3 years.
Pre-Application: June 21, 2013

Teal Innovator Award
Maximum funding of $2,500,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs).
Period of performance not to exceed 5 years.
Pre-Application: June 12, 2013

Biomarker Development Award

Maximum funding of $2.25M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
Maximum period of performance is 3 years
Pre-Application (Preproposal): June 19, 2013

Idea Development Award
Maximum funding of $375K for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
New Investigator Option:
Maximum funding of $225K for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
Maximum period of performance is 3 years
Pre-Application (Preproposal): June 19, 2013

Transformative Impact Award
Maximum funding of $5.0M for direct costs (plus indirect costs)
Maximum period of performance is 3 years
Pre-Application (Preproposal): June 19, 2013

Closing the Gap in Healthcare Disparities through Dissemination and Implementation of Patient Centered Outcomes Research (U18)Application Open Period: 5/1/2013 to 7/31/2013

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to identify strategies to engage stakeholders through shared decision making that can be used to effectively implement interventions specific to health care delivery systems, clinicians, and/or patients that focus on the reduction of racial/ethnic healthcare disparities in under-resourced settings. The effective strategies will incorporate the translation, dissemination, and implementation of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) findings for racial/ethnic minority populations. Successful applicants are required to demonstrate an ability to leverage the capacities of relevant and diverse stakeholders in their strategies to reduce healthcare disparities in under-resourced settings.

More information.


Private Sector Healthcare Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow **New**
The Global Health Group
University of California, San Francisco
The Global Health Group (GHG) at the University of California, San Francisco is an “action tank” dedicated to identifying, elaborating and translating innovative solutions to major global health challenges into large-scale action to advance health and save lives in low- and middle-income countries. Led by Sir Richard Feachem, formerly the founding director of the Global Funds to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the GHG works across the spectrum from analysis, through policy formulation and consensus building, to catalyzing large-scale implementation of programs in collaborating low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). The GHG was founded in late 2007 and works closely with a wide range of public and private partners.The Global Health Group’s Private Sector Healthcare Initiative (PSHi) works to advance the understanding of private sector healthcare provision in developing countries. Given the primacy of private healthcare services in developing countries, especially for the poorest populations, the private sector is a crucial focus area for overall health systems strengthening. The Private Sector Healthcare Initiative’s goals are to improve the evidence base on the private health sector in developing countries, advance the global understanding of the significance of private sector healthcare provision in low- and middle-income countries, and ultimately, enable governments to more effectively interact with the private sector in order to achieve public health goals. We pursue these goals through research, training and consensus building around a broad range of private sector issues.
PSHi Postdoctoral Fellow
The Private Sector Healthcare Initiative (PSHi) is seeking an experienced researcher, writer, and statistician to spearhead the analysis and publication of results from the Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Care-Seeking (MNCCS) study. This 18-month project includes three sequential studies designed to understand the trends in key maternal and child health indicators, as well as the unique determinants of maternal health outcomes in urban settings. The objectives of the study are to: 1) assess the global trends in urban and rural facility-based deliveries and the key drivers of these trends; 2) examine the implications of increasing facility delivery on the cause structure of maternal
deaths, and the quality of maternal and neonatal care; and 3) understand the determinants of maternal health inequities including assessment of environmental, social, and health infrastructure factors. In addition, the study examines trends across vulnerable populations including migrants, slum-dwellers, and the urban poor. The post-doctoral fellow will organize and analyze existing data, reports and literature reviews, and co-write articles. The goal of these publications is to improve the evidence base regarding drivers of facility-based deliveries, urban health, and maternal and child care-seeking in LMICs. Key activities will include analyzing survey and DHS data, conducting literature reviews, co-writing articles and case studies, and developing targeted policy briefs around recommendations.
The PSHi Fellow will:
• Collaborate in writing and submission of articles on topics related to maternal and child-care seeking behaviors in developing countries
• Conduct systematic reviews on topics related to maternal and child health in developing countries, including drivers of facility-based deliveries
• Compile and conduct analyses on Demographic Health Surveys and existing community-based datasets
• Conduct field research and write up case studies

This position will be a full-time 2-year appointment, with the first 18-months focused on MNCCS work, based in San Francisco, California. The fellowship will require some travel, including visits to Africa and Asia. A recent or pending doctorate degree in public health, demography, epidemiology, or related field required. Candidates with prior experience with statistical analyses of large datasets are sought, and experienced in mixed-methodologies preferred.

To apply or for more information on this position, please forward a CV and a cover letter describing your relevant experience and qualifications to Dr. May Sudhinaraset at sudhinarasetm@globalhealth.ucsf.edu.


Many Cultures, One Goal: Better Health


Last updated June 10, 2013