March 12, 2012

March 12, 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 or contact 919-843-3539. Please forward your announcements by noon on Wednesdays. Announcements are sent out before COB on Mondays.
Are you a student enrolled in a graduate program? If so, the ECHO Program wants your feedback! 

The mission of ECHO, the UNC Program on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health Outcomes, is to eliminate health status and health outcomes disparities through translatable, evidence-based research, multidisciplinary training and education, and culturally sensitive service to North Carolina communities.ECHO is interested in your feedback on health disparities training and professional development opportunities at UNC-Chapel Hill. Your feedback will help the program to better address the needs and interests of graduate students.

If you are a student currently enrolled in a graduate program, please take a moment to complete a brief survey by clicking on the link below. The survey will take less than 6 minutes to complete. Thank you very much for your responses!


Drug helps purge hidden HIV virus, study shows *New*


A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have successfully flushed latent HIV infection from hiding, with a drug used to treat certain types of lymphoma. Tackling latent HIV in the immune system is critical to finding a cure for AIDS.
While current antiretroviral therapies can very effectively control virus levels, they can never fully eliminate the virus from the cells and tissues it has infected.
Source: UNC School of Medicine,Vital Signs

Mayo Clinic research shows virtual colonoscopies suitable for people 65 and older
A new study, led by a physician from Mayo Clinic in Arizona, shows that virtual colonoscopy isn’t just for younger people. The American College of Radiology Imaging Network study published in Radiology now indicates that virtual colonoscopy is comparable to standard colonoscopy for people better than 65 years old. Virtual colonoscopy, known more formally as computerized tomographic CT colonography, uses advanced imaging software to produce a three-dimensional view of the entire colon and rectum.
Source: National Cancer Institute, NCI Cancer Center News

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New directory helps connect low-income women to cervical cancer services in North Carolina 

A new online resource is available to help connect women and adolescents to life-saving cervical cancer-related services.
The N.C. Cervical Cancer Resource Directory includes county-specific information on where uninsured or underinsured women can go to find screening (Pap test) services. The site also has information on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, answers to frequently asked questions and additional resources.The directory – available in both English and Spanish – was developed by Cervical Cancer-Free NC, an initiative based at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program is working to eliminate or substantially reduce cervical cancer in North Carolina.

African-American and Latina women, who are less likely than others to be screened, are twice as likely as white women to die from cervical cancer. Research has shown that one reason for the disparity is that, in North Carolina, African-Americans and Latinos are more likely to be uninsured or underinsured. Connecting women to cervical cancer resources in North Carolina is an important step in reducing unnecessary deaths, according to the Cervical Cancer-Free NC initiative and its collaborators.
Source: Gillings School of Global Public Health, News and Events

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NCI’s goes Mobile *New*
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) announces the launch of a new mobile website, Designed specifically for mobile phone users on any mobile platform, the site offers much of the same high-quality information found on’s desktop site.
Available in English and Spanish, provides cancer patients, their loved ones, and their caregivers with credible, current information about:
• A wide range of cancer types
• Cancer diagnosis and treatment
• Dealing with treatment side effects
• Questions to ask your doctor
• Breaking and current cancer news
• A dictionary of cancer terms that includes audio pronunciations
• One-touch connection to NCI’s 1-800-4-CANCER information specialist line
In the future, additional content, including information about clinical trials, will be added to
Please share this exciting news with your networks and use the toolkit materials below for your social media platforms, newsletters, e-blasts, and websites.

States Urged to Recognize and Address Colon Cancer Screening Gaps 

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A coalition of 13 colorectal cancer prevention groups, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA), today called on lawmakers in 20 states to ensure that their citizens have access to lifesaving colon cancer screening procedures. While the federal health care law will expand access to colorectal cancer screening exams for millions of Americans, particularly those aged 50-75, the groups say states have a responsibility to ensure that people not covered by the law, particularly those in high-risk populations, can get these life-saving examinations.According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 143,460 people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 51,690 are expected to die from the disease in 2012, making it the second-leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined. The disease is often entirely preventable through the removal of precancerous polyps, which are detectable only through screening, and the five-year survival rate for those who have their cancer detected at an early stage is 90%.
Source: PR Newswire

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Work to Eradicate HIV Continues 

Several developments are worth noting from the $32 million, five-year federal grant led by UNC professor David Margolis, M.D., to cure HIV by purging the virus hiding in the immune systems of patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Funded in July 2011 by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the consortium involves 19 investigators at nine U.S. universities and a large pharmaceutical company, all of them pioneering research in HIV latency.
Source: NC TraCS: Research News

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2012 Call for Applications: AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Minority Scholars Program 

AcademyHealth is pleased to announce that the 2012 application cycle for the AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Minority Scholars Program is open. Kindly pass along this information to your networks and direct those interested to AcademyHealth’s website at to access application materials and instructions. All applicants must submit required materials no later than March 15, 2012.

The AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Minority Scholars Program is designed to encourage and support research scholars from minority populations underrepresented in the field of health services research (HSR). The program offers support for travel and registration for 15 scholars to attend AcademyHealth’s 2012 Annual Research Meeting (ARM) in Orlando (June 24-26). Students and fellows from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in HSR with an interest in HSR and/or disparities research are encouraged to apply. Stipends also cover enrollment for a pre-conference Methods Seminar of the scholar’s choice and attendance at the Disparities Interest Group Annual Meeting. Opportunities to meet with leaders in the field and develop mentoring relationships are a key component of the program.The program is committed to ongoing engagement of young minority researchers and is cultivating a rich network of scholars who are likewise committed to supporting each other and engaging in ongoing dialogue about HSR, disparities research, and health policy topics. Applicants selected for the program will become part of an esteemed cadre of young professionals that benefit from ongoing discourse about research and professional development topics through web-enabled brown bag sessions.

Please visit AcademyHealth’s website to learn more about this program and other scholarships offered through AcademyHealth at


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:

Spring 2012 ECHO Health Disparities Seminar Series

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 30, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
101 Rosenau Hall, Gillings School of Global Public Health

11th Duke/Durham Health Summit *New*

Date: Monday, April 23, 2012
Location: Washington Duke Inn, Durham, NC
Duke University Health System will be hosting its 11th Durham Health Summit on April 23, 2012 at the Washington Duke Inn, in Durham, NC. This year’s summit, Weaving Durham’s Tapestries: Moving the Needle on Health, will focus on how to prevent illness and improve health by weaving together efforts aimed at the common causes of illness in our community.There is no fee to attend the summit. No CEU’s will be offered. Registration is required by April 16, 2012.

To register, please click on this link:

For more information, contact Kimberly Monroe via email: or by calling 681-4041.


CARES: Program Evaluation Workshop
Date: March 13, 2012 & March 16, 2012
Location: Greensboro, NC & Raleigh, NC

The Program Evaluation workshop will introduce participants to the importance of program evaluation in community settings. We will discuss steps for conducting an evaluation while providing an overview of available resources. This workshop will also offer participants the opportunity to engage with other community members. This workshop will also provide a unique opportunity for a consultation session.Consultation Sessions allow participants to meet with experts from NC TraCS CARES after the Program Evaluation workshop. These experts can help you answer questions about program evaluation, and put you in touch with other NC TraCS resources. To participate in a Consultation Session, please register for this workshop, and send an email to expressing interest in participating in a consultation session. You will be contacted to provide further information so that NC TraCS can best assist you. Please note: Consultation Sessions will take place for 30 minutes after the workshop on an assigned basis.

For more information and to register, visit:



What Do the National Football League, Obesity, Race, and SES Have in Common?, Featuring Dr. Robert W. Turner II
Date: Monday, March 26, 2012
Location: Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Turner is a Fellow in the Carolina Postdoctoral Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to earning a Ph.D. in sociology, he played professional football for four years. Drawing upon his experiences as a college and professional athlete, Dr. Turner’s scholarly interests cross many disciplines, providing the opportunity for new interdisciplinary research efforts in the school of public health and beyond.The event will take place on Monday, March 26 from 3:30pm-5:00 in 1301 McGravran-Greenberg (Gillings School of Global Public Health)

Sponsored by: Department of Maternal and Child Health, Obesity and Physical Activity Seminar Series,
Department of Nutrition, Injury Prevention Research Center, and Carolina Population Center


GlaxoSmithKline’s 4th Annual IMPACT Awards **New**
Funding Source: GlaxoSmithKline
Deadline: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (4:00PM EDT)

Are you a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing access to healthcare and setting an outstanding example?
• Would you like to receive an award of $40,000 for your current, overall work?
• Would you like the media to tell the story of your work in the community?
• Do you want the opportunity to share best practices with other organizations that provide access to healthcare?

The GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards target community-based healthcare nonprofits in the Research Triangle Park region that provide access to healthcare for the underserved. Up to ten organizations in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Guilford, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, or Wake Counties will be awarded $40,000 each. Please review the Announcement Flyer and the Application for more details on this year’s program. You can find them on the GSK website at this link: the Research Triangle Park region, the GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards are presented in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that manages $145 million in funds established by individuals, businesses, and families. From these funds, it gives grants to nonprofit organizations and administers a variety of programs for the community’s benefit. The Foundation currently manages over 750 funds, ranging in size from $10,000 to $10 million. On average, it distributes more than 10% of its assets each year. For more information visit


NIMHD Social, Behavioral, Health Services, and Policy Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01)
Funding Source: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Deadline: June 4, 2012

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit innovative social, behavioral, health services, and policy research that can directly and demonstrably contribute to the elimination of health disparities. Projects may involve primary data collection or secondary analysis of existing datasets. Projects that examine understudied health conditions; examine the effectiveness of interventions, services, or policies for multiple health disparity populations; and/or directly measure the impact of project activities on levels of health disparities are particularly encouraged.

More information.

NIMHD Basic and Applied Biomedical Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01)
Funding Source: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Deadline: June 11, 2012

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is issued by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) to solicit innovative grant applications on:*Biological and genetic research to explore disease mechanisms or pathways that influence health outcomes in minority and health disparity populations

*Clinical and translational research linking basic science discovery with effective treatment or clinical practice.

The overall goal of this initiative is to enhance our understanding of fundamental biological mechanisms involved in disease conditions and develop therapies or interventions that can directly or demonstrably contribute to the elimination of health disparities. Biological, genetic, clinical and translational research projects investigating the etiology, physiology, genetic risk factors, molecular pathways, gene-environmental interactions, pharmacogenomic and personalized medicine in health disparity populations are particularly encouraged.

Important Dates:
Open Date (Earliest Submission Date): May 11, 2012
Letter of Intent: May 11, 2012

More information.





Health Communication Program Manager **New**
Closing Date: March 20, 2012
This position develops and manages a department-wide communications services program. Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with major coursework in health communication, graphic design, health education, and/or public health with at least 2 years of progressively responsible experience. Prefer Master’s degree in Health Communication or related field and course work or experience in graphic design, program planning/evaluation; learning and behavioral theory; survey design; policy development; marketing and grant writing.
For more information & to apply online, visit:
Last updated March 12, 2012