March 5, 2012

March 5, 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.
Mayo Clinic research shows virtual colonoscopies suitable for people 65 and older *New*
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

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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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!


States Urged to Recognize and Address Colon Cancer Screening Gaps *New*
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

Work to Eradicate HIV Continues *New*
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

Advocating healthier school lunches: Ammerman and Hobbs featured in The Gazette 

Just as there is no such thing as a free lunch, there has never been a school lunch program fully free of politics.
The new guidelines for school lunches, announced Jan. 25 by First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, are no exception, said Suzanne Havala Hobbs.The new guidelines, which will go into effect in the 2012-2013 school year, represent the first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in more than 15 years, Hobbs said.
Source: Gillings School of Global Public Health, News and Events

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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


Racial Equity Institute: Anti-Racism Workshops, March 9-10, 2012 

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 justice 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 representatives, other professionals and others who are interested in understanding and eliminating 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.

Register now.

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:



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

CARES: Program Evaluation Workshop *New*
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 *New*
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

North Carolina Primary Care Conference: Emerging Issues in Chronic Disease in Primary Care
Date: March 24, 2012
Location: Grandover Conference Center, Greensboro, NC

The North Carolina Network Consortium will host a symposium for Primary Care Physicians, Clinic Staff, Health Care Researchers, and Public Health Workers. To register for this free conference, visit:


Save the Date: 2012 & Beyond Latino Health Equity Conference: Opening Pathways to Health
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.comAll 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:


NIMHD Social, Behavioral, Health Services, and Policy Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01) *New*
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.

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.

Junior Investigator Funding Opportunities
Funding Source: National Cancer Institute, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD)
Deadline: Varies
CRCHD supports junior investigators working in cancer and cancer health disparities research with opportunities to pursue research in biomedical, behavioral or clinical sciences leading to research independence. Funding opportunities ranging from research project supplements to career development awards are available.


Research Coordinator, Carolina Community Network Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
Extended Closing Date: March 6, 2012

This position will support a NCI-funded grant supplement to the Carolina Community Network Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. The Research Coordinator will provide support to the principal investigators’ research, which is a primarily population-based, cancer-focused, behavioral research study examining behavioral strategies for increasing cancer clinical trial enrollment among people living with HIV AIDS (PWLHAs) and cancer. This position is temporary.

For more information and to apply, visit:

Last updated March 05, 2012