March 11, 2013

March 11, 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 or contact 919-843-3539. Please forward your announcements by noon on Wednesdays. Announcements are sent out before COB on Mondays.


Obesity, physical inactivity linked with risk for certain molecular subtype of colorectal cancer **New**“An increasing body mass index was associated with a higher risk for colorectal cancer with a specific molecular characteristic, and inversely, physical activity was linked to a decreased risk for that same cancer, according to data from a Dana-Farber Cancer Institute study published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.”

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New Study Shows Virtual Colonoscopy Could Increase Colon Cancer Screening Compliance **New** 

A new study released in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology shows that the availability of CT colonography (CTC), also known as the virtual colonoscopy, is increasing colon cancer screening rates in military medical facilities. 

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Columbia study finds nearly 1 in 4 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer report PTSD symptoms **New**“A study by researchers at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, has found that nearly one in four women (23 percent) newly diagnosed with breast cancer reported symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) shortly after diagnosis, with increased risk among black and Asian women. The research has been e-published ahead of print in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.”

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Colon Cancer Prevention and Early Detection: What You Need to Know **New**

“Over the past few decades, more people have been surviving colon cancer, and fewer people have been dying from it. This is thanks partly to improvements in colon cancer screening. Screening, the process of looking for cancer or pre-cancer in people who have no symptoms of the disease, can find colon cancer early, before symptoms develop, when it’s easier to treat. Screening can also sometimes find growths called polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.”

“The American Cancer Society recommends regular colon cancer screening for most people starting at age 50. People with a family history of the disease or other risk factors should talk with their doctor about beginning screening at a younger age.”

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American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Cancer Prevention Study -3

Enrollment is now open for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Cancer Prevention Study -3. The goal of CPS-3 is to better understand the factors (lifestyle, environmental, genetic) that cause or prevent cancer and, ultimately, to help eliminate cancer as a major health concern for future generations.

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Roanoke Valley Breast Cancer Coalition Warm Line
(252) 519-1000

The Voices Warm Line is a free, volunteer-operated, supportive phone line. The warm line focuses specifically on the breast cancer continuum and operates to provide information regarding local and national resources for breast cancer care, to answer questions, and to provide support for concerns and issues with compassion and empathy.

The Voices Warm Line operates Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm. The Warm Line is operated by the Gregory B. Davis Foundation under a grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation NC Triangle Affiliate to the Coast.


Health Disparities Research Fellow Mentoring Program **New**

The People’s Scientific Conference will launch a mentoring program to inspire the next generation of researchers, particularly minority researchers and lay-health community workers involved in research or work that has implications for promoting health and eliminating health disparities in minority and underserved populations.

*Implement a Health Disparities Research Fellow Mentoring Program, June 14-15 of 2013, in Gainesville FL.

*A mentoring mosaic comprised of 2 senior researchers and 1 community stakeholder will mentor a group of 3 young investigators and 1 local community health worker during the 2-day mentorship program that will occur throughout the conference. The team will debrief on conference presentations, explore research ideas, and discuss community engagement research and community-academia partnerships.

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Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP): Training. A Cultural Competency Training Of Trainers Institute. April 22-26, 2013 in Seattle, WA.

This training provides an intensive 5-day course for organizations to meet mandates and recommendations for culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

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Spring 2013 ECHO Health Disparities Seminar Series

“Use of Community-University Partnership to Study and Address Environmental Injustice and Health Disparities in Charleston, SC”

Presented by

Sacoby Wilson, PhD
Assistant Professor
Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health
University of Maryland School of Public Health

Date: Monday, March 18, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Bondurant Hall, Room G10 (School of Medicine)


A Community Workshop About Clinical Research

Do you have questions or concerns about clinical research? Would you like to know more about volunteering for research studies? Join Wake Forest Translational Science Institute Program in Community Engagement and the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity for a free community workshop for those who want to learn more about clinical research.

Date: Monday, March 18, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Goodwill Industries Self-Reliance Hall, 2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem

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Moving from Health Disparities to Health Equity: The Search for Solutions **New**
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Louis W. Sullivan
Date: April 18, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Winston-Salem State University, Anderson Center (Dillard Auditorium)
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NCCU Health Disparities Conference: Pursuing Health Equity Through Translational Research and Partnerships

Date: April 17-19, 2013
Location: Durham Convention Center

Topics of Discussion Include:
*Role of community engaged research in improving health outcomes
*Innovative research addressing health disparities
*Molecular and cellular mechanisms of disparate diseases

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The People’s Scientific Conference to Promote Health and Eliminate Health Disparities **New**

Date: June 14-15, 2013
Location: University of Florida, The Health Professions, Nursing, and Pharmacy (HPNP) Complex (Gainesville, Florida)

The People’s Scientific Conference to Promote Health and Eliminate Health Disparities (The People’s Scientific Conference) is a first-of-its-kind conference in which members of these communities and diverse researchers and health care providers come together to learn from and teach each other information that will foster research- and evidence-based interventions to promote health and eliminate health disparities. The conference also will launch a mentoring program to inspire and train the next generation of researchers to conduct research that has implications for promoting health and eliminating health disparities in racial/ethnic minority and underserved communities.

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HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence Related Injury
Funding source: CDC
Deadline: March 26, 2013

“The purposes of the NCIPC extramural violence prevention research program are to: Build the scientific base for the prevention of violence by helping to expand and advance our understanding of the primary prevention of interpersonal and self-directed violence. Encourage professionals from a wide spectrum of disciplines of epidemiology, behavioral and social sciences, medicine, biostatistics, public health, health economics, law, and criminal justice to perform research in order to prevent violence more effectively. Encourage investigators to propose research that involves the development and testing of primary prevention strategies as well as research on methods to enhance the adoption and maintenance of effective strategies among individuals, organizations, or communities.”

More information.


Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (PAR-13-054) **New**
Funding source: National Institutes of Health
Closing Date: January 7, 2016
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages investigators to submit research grant applications that will identify, develop, evaluate and refine effective and efficient methods, systems, infrastructures, and strategies to disseminate and implement research-tested health behavior change interventions, evidence-based prevention, early detection, diagnostic, treatment and management, and quality of life improvement services, and data monitoring and surveillance reporting tools into public health and clinical practice settings that focus on patient outcomes.

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Research on Alcohol and HIV/AIDS (R03) Grant **New**
Funding Source: HHS/National Institutes of Health
Closing Date: May 7, 2016

“This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to appeal to a broad audience of alcohol and HIV/AIDS researchers, including alcohol researchers with no prior experience in HIV/AIDS research but with a keen appreciation for the relationship between problem drinking and HIV/AIDS and a strong interest in acquiring such experience; HIV/AIDS researchers with no prior alcohol research experience who realize the importance of more intensive alcohol interventions to improving clinical outcomes among HIV-infected individuals; and those with prior research experience in the area of co-occurring HIV/AIDS and alcohol and other substance abuse. The primary objective for this announcement is to support small research projects : 1) to characterize the relative importance of reducing alcohol misuse in the prevention of acquisition and transmission of HIV in order to identify and apply appropriate alcohol and HIV interventions as public health measures; 2) to more fully understand and prevent the progression of HIV disease in the presence of continued alcohol exposure; and 3) to develop operational research frameworks for addressing the occurrence and persistence of infections in high-risk populations (e.g. minority women, young gay men, etc.), and translate findings into effective, culturally appropriate preventive and treatment interventions for these targeted populations.”

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Duke Global Health Institute
Research Assistant

The Duke Global Health Institute is seeking a full-time Research Assistant to begin in summer 2013. The individual will work across a range of domestic and international studies and will provide primary support to the Duke Center for AIDS Research: Social and Behavioral Sciences Core.

A Bachelor’s Degree and previous research experience in the behavioral or social sciences are required. Individuals with a Master’s degree in relevant fields are also encouraged to apply. Experience working on HIV issues, particularly in an international context, and a background in public health or psychology are preferred. Successful applicants will be proactive, dependable, flexible, and able to effectively prioritize and execute multiple tasks. Good organization and excellent writing abilities are essential for this position.

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Last updated March 08, 2013