May 6, 2013

May 6, 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.


A study of racial/ethnic differences in treatment preferences among lupus patients **New**“African-Americans often experience more severe lupus than Caucasians, and simultaneously are more likely to experience lower quality health services. A better of understanding of the reasons for this health disparity may help physicians to better serve lupus patients belonging to racial/ethnic minority groups, especially African-Americans. This study compared attitudes about physicians and medication effectiveness, as well as willingness to receive cyclophosphamide to treat lupus, in lupus patients of difference racial/ethnic backgrounds.”


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Impact of obesity on functioning among women with systemic lupus erythematosus **New**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.

Minorities Less Prone to Think They’ll Get Cancer: Study **New**“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.”

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Research Opportunity: Are you an African American breast cancer survivor or caregiver to someone with breast cancer?

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 have 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

This study has been approved by the UNC-CH IRB (IRB Study # 12-1941).


The Lupus Initiative® **New**

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 **New**
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.
For more information, visit

Dissemination & Implementation Portal **New**
IThe field of Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) science is rapidly growing. The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute, the integrated home of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recently developed a web-based portal with new resources and tools to help guide your D&I research agenda. Many proposals now require a dissemination or implementation component, even if it is not the primary intent of the project.
The D&I portal has sample grant proposals, a list of journals most likely to publish your study results, and presentations on new methods. Especially helpful for grant submissions and publications are the implementation tools and references for implementation theories and frameworks.
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National Cancer Institute Cancer Fellowship Program **New**
Application Deadline: August 25, 2013The 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.

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Professional Development and Data Systems WorkshopDate: July 25-26, 2013
Location: Bethesda, MD

Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) is conducting a professional development and data systems workshop at in Bethesda, Maryland for junior faculty, post-doctoral students, and doctoral students interested in Hispanic health research.

The two-day workshop is aimed to help prepare scholars interested in Hispanic health research strengthen their skills and knowledge to perform analytical studies of national and state health datasets to better contribute to Hispanic health care research and provision of adequate health care to Hispanics and other underserved populations. To learn more about the workshop, visit

Workshop Travel Awards: Scholars Program Ten students and faculty from HSHPS member institutions will be selected as the first cohort of the HSHPS Health Services Research Scholars Program. The 12-month program will provide travel awards to attend the workshop. Participants are expected to:
* Attend pre & post workshop activities on the evening of July 24th and July 26th.
* Complete four (4) evaluation forms to track progress
* Attend four (4) two-hour online courses on datasets and scientific writing
* Participants will be responsible for identifying a mentor during the workshop
* Engage in analytical studies of state or national datasets to study Hispanic healthcare research with the with the intent to publish in a peer-reviewed journal.

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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.

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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.

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19th National Health Equity Research Webcast
(formerly known as the Annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference on Minority Health)

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


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:
To register a group viewing site:

To register to view on your personal computer:

To register for the studio audience at the TTK auditorium:

Answers to frequently asked questions:

Participant comments from a previous year:

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!


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, 2013 at Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing.

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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

National Women’s Health Check-Up Day **New**

Date: Monday, May 13, 2013

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hayes Taylor Memorial YMCA (1101 E. Market St, Greensboro, NC)
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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.



Imaging and Biomarkers for Early Cancer Detection (PAR-13-189)
Supplements to R01, P01, P50, and U01 Applications: PARs 13-174, 175, 176, 177

The purpose of this FOA is to stimulate and support cancer imaging and biomarker research to develop, optimize and clinically validate novel methods to: detect cancers at the earliest stages possible; reduce over-diagnosis; reduce false positive tests, and identify lethal cancers from non-lethal disease.

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NCI Provocative Questions RFA
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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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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Assistant Director for Academic Initiatives and Leadership Development ** New**
Department of Housing and Residential Education
UNC-Chapel Hill
Application Deadline: May 12, 2013
The Assistant Director (AD) for Academic Initiatives and Leadership Development provides vision and direction for student leadership, student learning and academic success for students living on the Carolina campus. The Assistant Director directly supervises a group of Community Directors, the Graduate Assistant for Student Learning, and the Assistant for Student Leadership. The Assistant Director serves as the Instructor of Record and primary Curriculum Developer for the departmental Peer Leadership in the University Environment course as well as serves as an instructor for one section of the semester-long class. The Assistant Director oversees departmental leadership development initiatives. The Assistant Director is responsible for developing new academic collaboration programs and serves as the oversight officer of existing residential learning programs. The Assistant Director is responsible for advising the Residence Hall Association (RHA). The Assistant Director for Academic Initiatives and Leadership Development is directly supervised by the Associate Director for Housing and Residential Education.

Full-Time Research Coordinator
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University, Department of Pediatrics is the National Coordinating Center (NCC) for a 13-site Adolescent Trials Network (ATN) community based testing and linkage to care (LTC) research program (i.e., SMILE) focused on linking HIV positive youth to medical care. SMILE is an acronym for the Strategic Multisite Initiative for the Identification, Linkage, and Engagement in Care of Youth with Undiagnosed HIV infection (SMILE in Caring for Youth). The NCC serves as the managerial hub for SMILE and is currently seeking a full-time National SMILE/ Linkage to Care Coordinator.

This position will provide national level coordination and data analysis & Q/A for the SMILE Program. The goal, to link all HIV positive youth to medical care, is achieved through partnerships forged between the local SMILE programs and their Local Health Department (LHD) as well as non-LHD testing agencies. In collaboration with the National SMILE/LTC Case Management Specialist, the national-level coordinator position will oversee the linkage to care activities being conducted at each site and has the primary function of providing guidance and technical assistance to the designated SMILE/LTC site staff conducting program activities.

If interested, please send resume to Bendu Walker at


Healthy Schools Program Manager
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Baltimore, MD

Healthy Schools Program Managers are responsible for overall management and implementation of the Healthy Schools Program in a specific state or region.

Responsibilities will include overseeing the recruitment of schools; delivery of direct technical assistance to schools; coordination of technical assistance needs with national Alliance staff; development, cultivation, and management of key relationships within target/recruited schools; hands-on guidance and support to key school champion(s) coordinating the implementation of the Healthy Schools initiative in their schools; and accountability for specific outcomes demonstrated by the schools.

Performance will be measured by progress of the schools in the defined geographic region.

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Last updated May 02, 2013