March 26, 2012

March 26, 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!


Recession and high co-pays tied to fewer colonoscopy screenings among people with health insurance *New*
The recent U.S. economic recession was the longest and most severe since World War II. During this period, personal spending on health care grew at the slowest rate in more than 50 years, suggesting that Americans used less health care.A new study finds that these cut backs were not limited to Americans who lost their health insurance, nor restricted to unnecessary services. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill schools of medicine and public health found that during the recession, continuously insured Americans underwent fewer screening colonoscopies, a cost-effective, recommended preventive service. The study appears in the March issue of the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Source: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, News & Events

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute study finds overweight and obese women at greater risk of breast cancer recurrence *New*
Women who are overweight or obese when they are diagnosed with breast cancer are at higher risk of cancer recurrence or related death than are leaner women, according to a new study presented to the 8th European Breast Cancer Conference Friday, March 23. This finding held true even though the study mandated that chemotherapy dosage be adjusted for body weight, and adds further to the evidence that lifestyle factors can influence cancer prognosis.
Source: National Cancer Institute, News
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New study shines light on barriers to diabetes care in NYC Bangladeshi community *New*
NEW YORK, March 14, 2012 – A new research survey conducted by the Center for the Study of Asian American Health at NYU Langone Medical Center shows the Bangladeshi community in New York City experiences numerous barriers to diabetes care because of limited English proficiency and lack of diabetes awareness. The study, published in the March 2012 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, also found the Bangladeshi community has an interest in participating in community health programs for diabetes prevention and care.
Source: NIMHD, News and Events

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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NC Cervical Cancer Resource Directory Now Available 

Cervical cancer is preventable through screening (the Pap test) and HPV vaccination. The NC Cervical Cancer Resource Directory connects women and adolescents with free or low-cost screening and vaccination services throughout North Carolina.For more information, or to get information cards (in English and Spanish) to give out in the community, contact

To access the directory, visit (in English & Spanish).


U.S. Surgeon General: Young Adults are “Prime Targets” for Tobacco Advertising and Marketing
Washington, DC — Today, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin – the leading authority on public health in the United States – released a report providing the most current and comprehensive analysis of tobacco’s impact on our nation’s young people. Drawing on research from a number of disciplines, the report examines the social, environmental, advertising and marketing influences that encourage youth and young adults to initiate and sustain tobacco use. The report confirms what we all know to be an absolute truth in tobacco control: nearly all tobacco use begins during youth, and the tobacco industry continues to use marketing and advertising to target young adults.
Source: Legacy

NCI’s goes Mobile 

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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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Public Health Training Fellowships 

The CDC offers a variety of public health training fellowships for students, graduates, and health professionals. To explore these opportunities, please visit:

Spring 2012 ECHO Health Disparities Seminar Series

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

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



Triangle Race Conference
Date: March 30-31, 2012
Location: UNC Sonja Haynes Stones Center

This is a conference collaborative effort by graduate students from UNC, Duke, and NCCU to bring graduate students, scholars, and community members together to examine the latest interdisciplinary research on race and ethnicity. The primary focus of the conference is to provide graduate students with the opportunity to receive constructive feedback from various perspectives on their work and to provide support for the next wave of new scholars studying race and ethnicity.

Registration is FREE. Food will be guaranteed with pre-registration. Pre-registration is available on Pre-registration deadline is Monday, March 26!

For more information, contact

Migrantes: Transpasando el Drama *New*
Date: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Location: Duke University, John Hope Franklin (Room 240)
The Working Group on Reproductive Justice and Migration in the Americas and the Duke Global Health Insititute will host a screening of the film Migrantes: Transpasando el Drama, a film by Mauricio Andrada documenting Central American migrants seeking refuge and health-services at migrant shelters as they travel through Mexico to the United States. Please join the Working Group and the Duke Global Health Institute along with the filmmaker on April 5, 2012 from 6:15pm-8:45pm at the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University. Dinner will be served.
For more information, please contact Cydney Justman at

Coping with Cancer Symposium *New*
Date: April 20-21, 2012
Location: Hilton Greenville, Greenville, NC
The experience of cancer can be extremely challenging for patients, families, and clinicians. Sensitive attention to psychosocial needs is an essential component of comprehensive cancer care. This course is designed to provide data driven and practical recommendations for coping with the challenges of cancer.
This conference has been designed for Oncology, Family Medicine, and Internal Medicine physicians and others, including physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, psychologists, clergy, pharmacists, physical therapists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, patient advocates, individuals coping with cancer treatment, caregivers, family members and cancer survivors. This course is designed to provide data driven and practical recommendations for coping with the challenges of cancer.
For registration information and a conference schedule, click here for flyer.

11th Duke/Durham Health Summit
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.


REI Racial Equity Institute Workshop *New*
Date: May 24-25, 2012
Location: Providence Baptist Church, Greensboro, NC
Race remains an important indicator of well being in US society. When other factors that are cited as the probable reasons for health or social problems (e.g., income, education, parent involvement, access to health insurance) are controlled for in statistical analyses, race remains an important, independent predictor of health, social, education, criminal jus-tice and other outcomes.
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 repre-sentatives, other professionals and others who are interested in understanding and elimi-nating racial inequities, disparities and disproportionally within our society. This workshop is important for people who want to dismantle racism. It has often been said, “An organized truth is more powerful than a disorganized lie.” This workshop provides an analysis that helps participants gain clarity about how racism is well-organized and at work in our institutional practices.
Click here for flyer.

International Conference on Health in the African Dispora *New*
Date: July 4-8, 2012
Location: Renaissance Hotel, Baltimore, MD
The Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is organizing the International Conference on Health in the African Diaspora – ICHAD 2012. The conference will be held this summer – July 4-8 – at the Renaissance Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.Today there are nearly 160 million descendants of the Transatlantic Slave Trade living in the Western Hemisphere. The conference will explore how they are doing today and what can be done to improve their health. ICHAD 2012 is a multidisciplinary conference, with more presentations focusing on more than a dozen countries, including Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica, Peru, and the United States.

The conference is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Early-bird registration for ICHAD 2012 is now open. Please go to to register. Be sure to follow us on Facebook!


Save-the-Date: 2012 Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities
Date: October 31- November 3, 2012
Location: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland
The 2012 Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities will soon release a call for conference presentation abstracts. Proposals should reflect the broad summit theme of integrating science, policy, and practice to build a healthier society.
Abstracts will be accepted under three categories: i) integrated panel presentations, ii) oral presentations, and iii) poster presentations.
Abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be limited to 300 words and 500 words for integrated panel proposals. Each presentation should fall under one of three tracks: Translational and Transdisciplinary Research; Capacity-Building and Infrastructure; or Outreach Partnerships, Collaborations, and Opportunities.
Additional details, including submission guidelines, themes and topics will be forthcoming in the official call for abstracts. For any specific inquiries, send an e-mail to:

Healthy Eating Research Releases Call for Proposals
Funding source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among lower-income and racial and ethnic populations at highest risk for obesity. Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.
This call for proposals is for two types of awards aimed at providing key decision- and policy-makers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. The award types are: Round 7 grants and RWJF New Connections grants awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program.

More information.


Health Innovation Challenge **New**
Funding source: Blue Cross Blue Shield
Deadline: April 16, 2012


Do you have a truly innovative, high-impact idea to reduce obesity in North Carolina? If so, you could win the funding and support to make it succeed. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is sponsoring a competition to challenge entrepreneurs across North Carolina to develop, implement, and scale high-impact ideas designed to support healthy lifestyles, with a specific focus on reducing obesity. Your idea could win funding, professional support and development resources, and access to a network of change-makers.
Ideas can be submitted March 20th through April 16th. See if you have what it takes to help North Carolina lighten up!
Specific questions can be directed to and additional information can be found online at:

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.

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.



Student Research Assistant, UNC Department of Family Medicine 

The Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program in the UNC Department of Family Medicine is seeking a graduate assistant to work on an evaluation project with the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network. The Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program (TPEP) is seeking a Research Assistant to work on an evaluation project for the National African American Tobacco Preventions Network (NAATPN). NAATPN is a national non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the development and implementation of comprehensive and community competent tobacco control programs to benefits communities and people of African descent.The Research Assistant in this position will be responsible for:

1. Identifying (through a combination of literature searches, telephone interviews, blogs, etc.) ten (10) outcomes impacting tobacco control and prevention in Black communities across the nation as a result of local, statewide and federal tobacco control initiatives.
2. Cataloguing and referencing collected information
3. Determining appropriate methods to disseminate collected information using NAATPN communications channels (listservs, website, Facebook page, newsletter, etc.).
4. Identifying gaps that exist for tobacco control in Black Communities as identified by review of the collected information.
5. Engaging NAATPN affiliates and partners to help identify and evaluate promising practices that should be reported in this report.

The Research Assistant will collaborate with and provide report to the TPEP Director and Associate Director. Applicants seeking this position should have research experience, excellent writing, and the ability to interact and communicate well with others. This is a 4-month research project that ends June 30, 2012. The hours are flexible and the pay rate is $25.00 per hour.Interested applicants please submit resume and cover letter to Dr. Leah Ranney at

Education Requirements and Qualifications:
The applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree in public health or in a social/behavioral science with a minimum of two years’ experience in working in a research field. Graduate student preferred.


Last updated March 26, 2012