February 13, 2012

February 13, 2012


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 bswhite@email.unc.edu or contact 919-843-3539. Please forward your announcements by noon on Wednesdays. Announcements are sent out before COB on Mondays.


Elevated risk factors linked to major cardiovascular disease events across lifetime 

In one of the largest-ever analyses of lifetime risks for cardiovascular disease (CVD), researchers have found that middle-aged adults who have one or more elevated traditional risk factors for CVD, such as high blood pressure, have a substantially greater chance of having a major CVD event, such as heart attack or stroke, during their remaining lifetime than people with optimal levels of risk factors. This National Institutes of Health-supported study used health data from 257,384 people and was the first to look simultaneously at multiple risk factors for CVD across age, sex, race, and birth generation.
Source: National Institutes of Health, NIH News
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Researchers warn of untreatable gonorrhea in the United States **New**
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Infectious disease experts, including one from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, warn of the growing threat of multi-drug resistant gonorrhea in the United States, according to a perspective in the Feb. 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Last July, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report which pointed to the potential for resistance to cephalosporins, the class of antibiotics which are the last line of defense against gonorrhea. “This is a serious problem,” said P. Frederick Sparling, a professor of medicine at UNC who co-authored the article. “Trends to decreased susceptibility coupled with a history of emerging resistance and reported treatment failures in other countries point to a need for action right now.”
Source: UNC School of Medicine, Vital Signs

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is collaborating with Vanderbilt University and other partners on the development of a website to support community-engaged research. CCPH needs input on the website’s design to ensure that it’s a useful tool and a frequently tapped resource!
As one component of the development process, CCPH is conducting telephone focus groups with community partners from across the U.S. Focus group participants will be compensated $100 for their time. If you are interested in participating in a focus group, please review and complete the online form at: http://bit.ly/wEe6OB
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact CCPH at: programs@ccph.info
February is American Heart Month 

According to the American Heart Association, more women die of heart disease than from the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. However, studies show that 80% of cardiac events in women could be prevented with better health choices around diet, exercise and smoking cessation.

to learn warning signs of a heart attack or stroke (from the American Heart Association).


New Website: NIH Clinical Research Trials and You **New**
Agency-wide resource provides important information for the public and health care providers
The National Institutes of Health has created a new website, NIH Clinical Research Trials and You to help people learn more about clinical trials, why they matter, and how to participate. From the first cure of a solid tumor with chemotherapy to the use of nitroglycerin in response to heart attacks, clinical research trials — or research studies involving people — have played a vital role in improving health and quality of life for people around the globe.
Clinical trials are essential for identifying and understanding ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Research has shown that among the greatest challenges to recruitment of volunteers is the lack of general knowledge about what trials involve, where they are carried out, and who may participate. “The ability to recruit the necessary number of volunteers is vital to carrying out clinical research that leads to health and medical advances,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “This new, centralized resource will make it much easier for the public and health professionals to learn about clinical trials and how people can participate in them.”
Visitors to the website will find information about:
• The basics of clinical trial participation
• First hand experiences from actual clinical trial volunteers
• Explanations from researchers
• Links on how to search for a trial or enroll in a research matching program
In addition, health care professionals can read about evidence-based strategies for talking with patients about trials, print audience-tested posters to help promote trials in clinics and offices, and find other educational materials. NIH supports clinical research trials across the country and throughout the world. NIH’s ongoing effort to raise awareness about clinical research and educate potential clinical trial participants about the option of a clinical trial is vital to developing public support and understanding for how clinical research drives medical discovery and improves health outcomes.
About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.
NIH…Turning Discovery Into Health


Call for faculty advisors for the Larry Keith Advisory College
Are you a faculty member who enjoys working with medical students? Are you interested in making a difference? The Larry Keith Advisory College, an advising and career and professional development program established in 2008, is looking for the right individuals to join this dynamic group.
Source: UNC School of Medicine, Vital Signs

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Unique partnership brings doctors to state’s underserved areas
Facing an ever-growing shortage of primary-care physicians nationwide and an especially tight supply in rural and medically disadvantaged areas, the nation is desperately searching for new and effective ways to recruit well-trained physicians who are interested in long-lasting primary care medical careers in these underserved communities.
Source: UNC Health Care News

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ECHO’s Director in the Spotlight: real doctors, real people – Paul Godley
Whether photographing a child in the streets of Vietnam or consulting with a patient about a diagnosis, Dr. Paul Godley employs his intuition and charming personality to put the person in front of him at ease within a matter of moments.
Source: UNC Health Care, News

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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Behavioral Cancer Prevention & Control Research **New**
The Cancer Prevention & Control Program of Georgetown’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is seeking applicants for research postdoctoral fellowships focused on behavioral cancer prevention and control. The fellowship prepares trainees to assume academically-oriented research positions in interdisciplinary oncology focused on behavioral aspects of cancer, cancer risk-reduction, and treatment outcomes. Training includes grant writing, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and study design and implementation. The successful fellows will join an active program within a comprehensive cancer center’s population science division. Ongoing studies and mentored opportunities exist with Marc Schwartz, Ph.D., Cassandra Stanton, Ph.D., and Kenneth Tercyak, Ph.D. in pre-intervention and intervention trials. The fellowship emphasizes research in primary prevention (tobacco use, diet, physical activity, child/adolescent/family health) and/or cancer genetic risk assessment and translational genomics.
Unique opportunities exist through our collaboration with the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research & Policy Studies at the American Legacy Foundation (health-disparities and technology applications in tobacco
control) and the Fisher Center for Familial Cancer Research (cancer decision making and outcomes).
Candidates with interests in preventive and behavioral medicine, health psychology, substance use/addiction, cancer genetics/risk communication, and tobacco control are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have completed a research-oriented doctoral training program (Ph.D., Dr.PH., Sc.D., or equivalent) in the behavioral, social, or public health sciences with less than five years of postdoctoral experience at time of appointment. Fellowships include competitive salary, benefits, and professional stipend. Limited opportunities exist for psychologists seeking licensure hours.
Interested individuals should electronically send curriculum vitae, summary of research interests, and one letter of reference from a graduate research advisor to: Fellowship Search Committee c/o Ms. Susan Marx, Cancer Prevention & Control Program, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, marxs@georgetown.edu. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applicants available immediately, with an anticipated start date of no later than September 1, 2012. Visit http://lombardi.georgetown.edu for information. An Equal Opportunity Employer.

Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research, June 22-26, 2012
The purpose of the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) is to increase diversity in the field of research and cancer control by encouraging minority students in master’s level health programs as well as master’s trained health professionals to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in research. Applicants need not have plans to pursue doctoral training prior to applying to the program.
This program is designed to enhance participants’:*Understanding of the power of research to affect change;
*Awareness of the strengths and limitations of current research methods, theory and interventions in eliminating health disparities;
*Interest in cancer control research, from surveillance to epidemiology, individual behavior change, health services, and policy
research; and
*Skills in research, networking, and information seeking, and motivation and ability to successfully apply to a doctoral program

Important Dates:
Applications Due-March 12, 2012
Applicant Notification-April 1-6, 2012

Click here to download information and application packet.


Dr. M Alfred Haynes Research Training Institute for Social Equity

The Health Disparities Research Center of Excellence at Meharry in Nashville, TN is offering the Dr. M Alfred Haynes Research Training Institute for Social Equity on May 13-25, 2012.Focus
The institute will focus on expanding knowledge and understanding of junior faculty members about health disparities while improving and enhancing their skills to engage the community in health services research. Participants will be:
• Minority investigators
• Senior health disparities research faculty
• Community and faith-based leaders

The curriculum is designed to expose and enhance the knowledge and skills of participants about cutting-edge health
disparities research and is a two-week training course of 85 didactic hours. Participants will develop and complete a quality research proposal that could be submitted for funding.

Community Opportunity
This is a great opportunity for community and faith-based leaders to participate in the development and implementation of a translational health services research program that seeks to eliminate health disparities. Community leaders involved in the research process will enhance the ability to translate research findings into promising programs and policies to reduce disease and other public health problems among racial/ethnic and disadvantaged populations.

Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2012. For information about the institute and to submit an application: http://hdresearchtraining.net/learning/mahrtise/mahri-about-the-institute


Health Equity Leadership Institute, Save the Dates: June 10-15, 2012

In partnership with the Maryland Center for Health Equity in the School of Public Health, University of Maryland College Park, the Collaboarative Center for Health Equity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers an intensive weeklong “research boot camp” focused on increasing the number of minority investigators, engaged in health disparities/health equity research that are successful in tenure track academic appointments in schools of public health, medicine, and other health & behavioral health science disciplines, assisting them in achieving research funding the the NIH. For more information, contact: CCHE@hslc.wisc.eduImportant Dates:
Application Release: February 1, 2012
Applications Due: February 24, 2012
Notification of Scholars: March 19, 2012

Spring 2012 ECHO Health Disparities Seminar Series 

If you are interested in attending a seminar, please let us know by emailing Brandolyn at bswhite@email.unc.edu. We would love to have you join us!

Wanda Lawrence, PhD, RN
Winston-Salem State University, School of Nursing
“Determining African American Women’s Knowledge Level & Awareness of Heart Attack”
Friday, February 17, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
101 Rosenau Hall, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Kia Caldwell, PhD
UNC-Chapel Hill, Afro-American Studies
“Sister Circle: Assessing the HIV-Prevention Needs of Middle Socioeconomic Status African-American Women in North Carolina.”
Friday, March 29, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
101 Rosenau Hall, Gillings School of Global Public Health


33rd Annual Minority Health Conference, Translational Research: The Road from Efficacy to Equity
Date: Friday, February 24, 2012
Location: William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, Chapel Hill, NC



The Minority Health Conference attracts over 500 students, faculty, researchers, health professionals, and community leaders from around thenation each year. The conference provides a forum for researchers and practitioners to tackle the issues facing minority populations with the hopes of improving the health status of those communities. The theme for this year’s conference, “Translational Research: The Road from Efficacy to Equity,” highlights the importance of translating scientific discoveries into effective strategies and policies intended to eliminate health disparities. This year’s conference will include an inter-disciplinary panel of speakers who bring diverse perspectives and will challenge us to think more critically about our approaches to health and equity. You’re invited to join efforts in building a movement towards improving minority health and eradicating health disparities.

Click here for more information and to register!

32nd Annual Zollicoffer-Merrimon Lecture & Community Service Day
Date: Friday, February 17, 2012
Location: UNC School of Medicine, Bondurant Hall (G100)

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Lawrence Zollicoffer’s graduation from the School of Medicine, this annual event will take place over a 2-day symposium beginning with the Zollicoffer Lecture on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. in Bondurant G100. The guest lecturer this year will be Marie A. Bernard, MD, Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging, a division of the NIH. The Eugene Mayer Honor Society will sponsor the annual Community Service Day Activities following the Zollicoffer Lecture. Please come out and join the School of Medicine as they honor the legacy of Dr. Lawrence Zollicoffer!

Click here to see a brochure with more information about all the events taking place for the inaugural symposium.

Qualitative Research Methods Workshop **New**
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Greensboro, NC
The NC TraCS Community Engagement proudly sponsors a series of *FREE* workshops on research topics. The next workshop in the series is Qualitative Research Methods. The Qualitative Research Methods workshop will introduce participants to what qualitative research is, some methods for doing qualitative research, and provide opportunities for practicing these methods. We will discuss collecting and analyzing qualitative data, best practices for doing qualitative research, and issues related to qualitative research methods. This workshop will also discuss how to present qualitative research findings and the dissemination of results.
For more information and to register, visit: http://tracs.unc.edu/qualitativeresearch_greensboro

Durham Observance of The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of HIV/AIDS, March 4-10, 2012 **New**
Click here for a listing of events.

Save the Date: 2012 & Beyond Latino Health Equity Conference: Opening Pathways to Health **New**
Date: May 17, 2012
Location: Portland, OR
New research, programs and policies are opening pathways for careers in health never before available to Latinos. More Latinos taking an active role in the health field will be a big step toward decreasing health disparities. Our conference aims to develop strategies that will bridge the gap between research and reality. This interactive forum will present the latest information and brings together a range of people invested in working together to put the information into practice. We are counting on you to be part of this exciting process! Conference registration begins February 17, 2012.
Participants are welcome to submit abstracts for poster presentations in the following topics:
•Health promotion
•Health policy / health services
•Career development / training programs
•Health disparities
•Healthy communities
Instructions for Abstract Submission:
Abstracts must be submitted before the 15th of March to info@latinohealthequityconference.com
All abstract will be reviewed by the Scientific Program Committee and the authors will be notified on the acceptance or rejection of their abstract by email by March 31st. Abstracts must be submitted in English. Titles should be concise and describe the presented work, written in 12 point font (Times New Roman) in bold. Author’s names, affiliations and text should be written in 12 point font (Times New Roman) single spaced. Author’s information should include full names of the authors’ and affiliations annotated by superscript numbers. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. The text should not include abbreviations and structural parts should summarize the main results and conclusions of the work (Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion). Illustrations, figures, tables, or graphs will not be accepted and will not appear in print. The Scientific Program Committee reserves the right to accept or refuse an abstract and to designate suitable sessions for the abstract.
Click Here to download this information as a PDF. You can also visit the conference website at:

16th Annual Helen S. Miller Lectureship and Luncheon
Date: March 1, 2012
Location: North Carolina Central University, Nursing Building

Join the NCCU Department of Nursing for their annual Helen S. Miller Lectureship and Luncheon on March 1, 2012 from 8:30a.m. to 1:30p.m. This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Debra J. Barksdale, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The deadline for registration is February 18, 2012.

Visit www.nccu.edu/nursing/hmiller to register. For more information, call (919) 530-6697.



Institute of African American Research (IAAR) Funding Opportunities
Submission Deadline: February 17, 2012

The following are two grants the IAAR is offering:

- Course Development Grants: http://iaar.unc.edu/news-and-events/coursegrants

- Research Support (Research, Publication and Working Group Grants): http://iaar.unc.edu/news-and-events/researchgrants

Interested parties can join the IAAR listserv at http://unc.us2.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=5b4c66e3976471aacfdc67b03&id=8162a9dc97.

Social/Clinical Research Assistant, UNC Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes 

The purpose of this position is to assist in the coordination, promotion, implementation, and evaluation of all Ethnicity, Culture, & Health Outcomes (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. 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. Must possess strong written and verbal communication skills. Further, candidates will need to have strong organizational skills and be able to gather, document, and maintain program information. Some key tasks required for the position include: maintaining and updating website content; formatting manuscripts and reports; composing initial drafts of correspondences; coordinating seminars and meetings; monitoring and processing data and information; assisting in the collection of data for the evaluation of program activities; maintaining and updating bulletin board material; developing databases for storing and tracking program progress; and communicating accurately the mission, scope and activities of the ECHO program to others through written and verbal communication. This is a temporary position.

For more information and to apply, visit: http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/1374


Employment Opportunities with Shaw University’s Institute for Health, Social, and Community Research (IHSCR) 

The Institute for Health, Social, and Community Research (IHSCR) serves as the umbrella for all applicable research activities, programs, and projects at Shaw University. It is designed to be multi-disciplinary in order to represent the University and provide campus and community-wide synergy and cohesiveness for increasing the number of researchers at Shaw and enhancing Shaw’s visibility and viability in research activities. The mission of the IHSCR is to become a leader in the multidisciplinary empirical investigation of diverse issues that affect the health and well-being of populations of color, particularly African Americans, their families, and the communities in which they live. For further information regarding the positions and how to apply, please visit our website at http://www.shawu.edu/Faculty_Staff/Employment_Opportunities.aspx?id=724 or click links below.

Please see below for application instructions, position summary, qualifications, and application information for the following positions:

Please contact Renee Myatt, MPH, MA, Associate Director, at rmyatt@shawu.edu for additional information.

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Journal of MCH and AIDS

The International Journal of MCH and AIDS (IJMA) invites contributions from public health practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and experts in maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS around the world for its inaugural issue scheduled to publish in June 2012. IJMA is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles, review articles, clinical studies, evaluation studies, and policy analyses in all areas of maternal, neonatal, infant, child health, (MCH) and HIV/AIDS in developing countries. IJMA focuses on the social determinants of health and disease as well as on the disparities in the burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases affecting infants, children, women, adults, and families in developing countries.Based in Washington, DC, USA, IJMA provides a platform through which researchers, as well as program and policy makers, can learn about the various factors that contribute to the health and well-being of mothers, infants, children, and adults and how the HIV/AIDS is decimating the gains in those sectors. The journal focuses on empirical findings from low and middle-income countries exploring trends and patterns at international, national, and local levels. Research articles and rigorous meta-analyses are welcome. Ideas for review articles on MCH and HIV/AIDS in developing countries will be considered.

IJMA covers, but is not limited, to the following broad topic areas:

• Life expectancy, cause-specific mortality, and human development,
• Maternal, neonatal, infant, child, and youth mortality and morbidity,
• Determinants and consequences of childhood and adolescent obesity,
• Quality of life and mental health disparities affecting MCH and HIV/AIDS populations,
• Social, behavioral, and biological determinants of MCH and HIV/AIDS and well-being,
• Disparities in health and well-being based on gender, race, ethnicity, immigrant status,
• Disparities in health based on social class, education, income, disability status, etc.,
• Region and/or country specific studies,
• Program development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation,
• Cross-national research on MCH and HIV/AIDS issues across the world,
• Issues of resilience among populations impacted by HIV/AIDS,
• Applications of surveillance, trend, and multilevel methods in MCH and AIDS
• Use of novel approaches in both quantitative and qualitative research studies,
• Book reviews on MCH and HIV/AIDS issues and social determinants of health.

Manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis however, the deadline for the inaugural issue (June 2012) is March 31, 2012. Manuscripts that do not meet the immediate deadline of a particular issue are automatically considered for the next issue. Prospective authors should carefully review the Author Instructions located on the journal’s website at www.mchandaids.org. For questions, email: editorinchief@mchandaids.org.



Last updated February 13, 2012