May 28, 2013

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


Blacks may face higher risk of MS than whites. **New**
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.

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Living near fast-food outlets might boost obesity risk. **New**

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. Body-mass index (BMI) is a measurement of body fat that takes into account a person’s height and weight. 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.

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Impact of obesity on functioning among women with systemic lupus erythematosus.
Relatively few studies have been conducted about the role and effects of obesity in the lives of people with lupus. Obesity is associated with disability, both in the general population and among people with lupus. Since up to half of people with lupus may be obese, it is important to determine to what extent specific functions (such as walking or climbing stairs) are impaired in people with lupus. Identification of preventable risk factors for disability, such as obesity, has the potential to decrease the negative effects of obesity on functioning in people with lupus.
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Black women had worse breast cancer mortality regardless of cancer subtype.

“Black women with breast cancer had significantly worse survival compared with other racial and ethnic groups across cancer subtypes, which suggests that the survival differences are not solely attributable to the fact that black women are more frequently diagnosed with less treatable breast cancer subtypes, according to data presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013, held in Washington, D.C., April 6-10.”Read more.


Minorities less prone to think they’ll get cancer: Study.
“Black, Asian and Hispanic Americans are less likely than whites to believe they will get cancer, even though they are actually more likely to develop cancer and die from it, according to a new study. The findings suggest that minority groups need to be given more culturally relevant information about cancer risk and prevention, said the researchers from the Moffitt Cancer Center.”Read more.


UNC School of Medicine receives award to study diabetes.
The UNC School of Medicine has been awarded $2 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study the role of glucose monitoring in patients with type 2 diabetes using oral medications. The three-year project will focus on assessing the impact of three different types of blood sugar or glucose home testing approaches on outcomes important to patients with type 2 diabetes treated in a community-based clinic setting.

The Lupus Initiative®
The Lupus Initiative® is a national education program designed to reduce health disparities experienced by patients with lupus.
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The Young Sisters Initiative: A Guide to A Better You, Website Launch.
The Young Sisters Initiative: A Guide to A Better You! (YSI) is an online program designed to provide African American young breast cancer survivors (young breast cancer survivors are women diagnosed under 45 years of age) with important information about breast cancer and treatment; genetic testing for breast cancer; how to cope with emotional issues associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment; and sexual and reproductive health issues that may arise at the time of diagnosis, during treatment, and survivorship. The YSI Program was developed by Sisters Network Inc.

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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.As part of the program fellows receive:
• The opportunity to obtain an M.P.H. degree at an accredited university during the first year, followed by mentored research with investigators at the NCI. Research opportunities exist across the spectrum of cancer prevention research, including: epidemiology, biostatistics, clinical services, laboratory, nutritional, and social and behavioral sciences.
• Competitive stipends, paid health insurance, reimbursement for moving expenses, and a travel allowance to attend scholarly meetings or training.


Call for Applications: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars
The National Program Office (NPO) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars (HSS) program is pleased to announce the release of our next Call for Applications to recruit our 12th cohort for the period September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2016.
Register now.

Racial Equity Institute, Anti-Racism TrainingDate: June 13-14, 2013
Location: 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.

Register now.

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

3121 High Point Rd
Greensboro, NCMore information.

19th National Health Equity Research Webcast.
Topic: “Early Childhood Development: Investing in our Children and Our Future”Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 1:30-4:00pm EDT

Location: Webcast and Tate-Turner-Kuralt building auditorium

“Featuring: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.

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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 or call (336) 274-1507.


Go Red for Women Multicultural Scholarship Fund **New**
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.


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DoD FY2013 Funding Opportunities **New**
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, 2013Era 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

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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.

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Project Manager Position in Radiology Department at UNC. **New**
Deadline: June 2, 2013.
The Epidemiology Research Team in the Radiology Department at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking a full-time Project Manager to coordinate the development and implementation of all aspects of several grant funded cancer epidemiological research projects. Responsibilities include overall project direction, supervision and direction of data collection and analysis, reporting, budget monitoring and planning, and staff supervision.

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Last updated May 28, 2013