March 18, 2013

March 18, 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“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 

“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 “A study by researchers at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) at New York-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

“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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Genomic screening to detect preventable rare diseases in healthy people **New**  

“Millions of people unknowingly carry rare gene mutations that place them at high risk of developing preventable diseases such as colorectal and breast cancers and several catastrophic blood vessel disorders.””Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine propose that screening healthy adults for these and other specific, rare genetic disorders potentially could prevent these diseases. Their commentary in the March 7 issue of Genetics in Medicine offers a framework for how such screening might be developed.”


Pignone appointed to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force **New** “Michael Pignone, MD, MPH, adjunct professor of health behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that makes evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services, such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medicines.”


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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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 USCSol 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.

Health Disparities Research Fellow Mentoring Program
Date: June 14-15, 2013The 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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Spring 2013 ECHO Health Disparities Seminar Series
“Intersectionality and Women’s Health in Brazil”
Presented by
Vijaya Hogan, DrPH
Clinical Associate Professor
Dept of Maternal and Child Health
Edna Araujo, PhD
State University of Feira de Santana
Kia Caldwell, PhD
Associate Professor
Dept. of African and Afro-American Studies
Date: Friday, April 12, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Location: McGavran-Greenberg, Room 1301 (Gillings)

Our Children’s Place Brown Bag Lunch Series **New**
Our Children’s Place will host a series of brown bag lunches at UNC this spring. The series aims to raise awareness about the issue of children of incarcerated parents, to bring together professionals and students who are doing research (or considering) in this area, and to provide information about Our Children’s Place. The brown bag lunch will take place from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m on the following:
March 26, UNC School of Law (Room 4085)
March 27, UNC School of Nursing (Room 001)
March 28, Sonya Haynes Stone Center (Hitchcock Multipurpose Room)
RSVP by 3/25 to (919) 843-2670 or


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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Moving from Health Disparities to Health Equity: The Search for Solutions
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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The People’s Scientific Conference to Promote Health and Eliminate Health Disparities

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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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 ( 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.


Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (PAR-13-054)
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
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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Social/Clinical Research Assistant (Temporary, Full-Time)
Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes
Closing Date: March 28, 2013
The purpose of this position is to assist in the coordination, promotion, implementation, and evaluation of all ECHO program activities. All aspects of the position relate to public health practice, research and the understanding of these processes. The person holding this position will assist the Associate Director and Special Projects Manager in a wide variety of on-going and one-time activities, and must be capable of being a self-starter, use working and acquired knowledge to solve problems in consultation with the Associate Director and Project Manager, and communicate program information effectively, and possess strong written and verbal communication skills.
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of relevant professional experience. Degree(s) must be received from appropriated accredited institutions.

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Many Cultures, One Goal: Better Health


Last updated March 18, 2013