February 6, 2012

February 6, 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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Research shows progress toward a genital herpes vaccine 

An investigational vaccine protected some women against infection from one of the two types of herpes simplex viruses that cause genital herpes, according to findings in The New England Journal of Medicine. Peter Leone, MD, professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, adjunct professor of epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and medical director of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ HIV/STD Prevention and Care Program, is one of the study’s co-authors. UNC was one of the enrollment sites in the study.
Source: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, News & Events

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NIH Urges Women to Protect Their Heart Health *New*
As part of American Heart Month, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI’s) The Heart Truth campaign, with the support of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), will showcase its signature event, the Red Dress Collection 2012 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. As part of its 10th anniversary this year, The Heart Truth has partnered with Million Hearts, a national initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years.
“Although heart disease is still the leading cause of death for women, The Heart Truth and other campaigns have made great strides in raising women’s awareness of heart disease and motivating them to find out their personal risk and take action to reduce it,” said Susan B. Shurin, M.D., acting director of the NHLBI. “Women can greatly reduce their risk of heart disease by managing cholesterol levels, controlling blood pressure, not smoking, and adopting other healthy habits, such as eating well, being active, and keeping a healthy weight.”
Source: National Institutes of Health, NIH News

February is American Heart Month *New*
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.CLICK HERE to learn warning signs of a heart attack or stroke (from the American Heart Association)


Call for faculty advisors for the Larry Keith Advisory College *New*

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


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

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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Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research, June 22-26, 2012 *New*
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
*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


Save the Date: 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.


8th Annual Surviving & Thriving Symposium: Triple Negative Breast Cancer & Living Beyond It
Date: February 18, 2012
Location: RTP, NC

Sisters Network Triangle will host the 8th Annual Surviving & Thriving Symposium on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel, RTP, NC. This year’s symposium will feature keynote speaker Dr. Paul Kelly Marcom with Duke University Medical Center. Cost is $25.00. For more information, please contact Sisters Network Triangle at sisterstriangle@aol.com or (919) 490-1571.

Click here for flyer.


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.


South Atlantic National Research Conference
Date: March 21-22, 2012
Location: Raleigh, NC
The South Atlantic National Research Conference sponsored by DHHS, OHRP, NIH, NIEHS and co-sponsored by Duke Medicine is being held on March 21-22, 2012 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The early registration discount deadline has been extended to February 1, 2012, and the topic of the conference will be Engaging the Community for Research Success: What Scientists and IRBs Need to Know.
More information about the conference and registration can be found by clicking here.

Institute of African American Research (IAAR) Funding Opportunities *New*
Submission Deadline: February 17, 2012
The following are two grants the IAAR is offering:
- Research Support (Research, Publication and Working Group Grants): http://iaar.unc.edu/news-and-events/researchgrants
Social/Clinical Research Assistant, UNC Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes *New*
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 06, 2012