May 14, 2012

May 14, 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 Herleesha Anderson at or contact 919-843-3539. Please forward your announcements by noon on Wednesdays. Announcements are sent out before COB on Mondays.


UNC study shows potential to revive abandoned cancer drug by nanoparticle drug delivery
A team of UNC researchers developed nanoparticle carriers to successfully deliver therapeutic doses of a cancer drug that had previously failed clinical development due to pharmacologic challenges.Read more.


Black Children Less Likely to Get Pain Meds in ER – ABC News
Black children seen in the emergency department for abdominal pain are less likely to receive pain medication than white children, according to a new study.The research, which also found that black and Hispanic children were more likely to experience an ER stay longer than six hours compared to white children — even when the same tests were ordered — raises questions on how race may affect hospital care when it comes to the youngest patients.

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Hematologic malignancies rapidly increasing and unaddressed in sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a growing cancer burden, and hematologic malignancies account for almost 10 percent of cancer deaths in the region. In the United States and other resource-rich settings, patients with diseases such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma have benefited from treatment advances that have resulted in unprecedented rates of long-term control.
Source: UNC School of Medicine, Vital Signs
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Hiding emotions may exacerbate depression among black men who confront racial discrimination
Enduring subtle, insidious acts of racial discrimination is enough to depress anyone, but African-American men who believe that they should respond to stress with stoicism and emotional control experience more depression symptoms, according to new findings from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.The study, “Taking It Like a Man: Masculine Role Norms as Moderators of the Racial Discrimination-Depressive Symptoms Association Among African-American Men,” was published online March 8 in the American Journal of Public Health.
Source: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, News & Events

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Two-decade decline: Rate of heart attack falls among black and white adults 

The incidence of heart attack among blacks and whites has dropped significantly over the past two decades, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.The study, published online and scheduled to appear in the April 17 issue of Circulation, The Journal of the American Heart Association, analyzed nearly 31,000 fatal and non-fatal heart attacks among 396,000 adults in four communities in the United States from 1987 to 2008. The individuals, black and white men and women, were ages 35 to 74. Using a specially-designed mathematical model, the research team accounted for changes in the clinical definition of heart attacks that have occurred over the past 22 years. Through those adjustments, the team identified the occurrence of heart attack is, in fact, declining.
Source: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, News & Events

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“There’s a battle for better health going on in poor neighborhoods across the country, and part of that battle involves getting people living in so-called food deserts access to healthy food.” ***NEW***
Source: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, News & Events


The UNC ECHO Program e-bulletin will move to a biweekly summer schedule ***NEW***

The UNC Center for Diabetes Translation Research is fostering collaboration among partner institutions

The newly established UNC Center for Diabetes Translation Research to Reduce Health Disparities (CDTR) recently brought together institutional partners and diabetes researchers to foster collaboration during its first annual meeting.

Currently, 1 in 9 adults in the U.S. (about 26.4 million) has Type 2 diabetes. Projections suggest that 1 in 3 people may have the condition by 2050. Diabetes-related annual costs are currently $174 billion and may increase to $336 billion by 2034. Unfortunately, poor, minority and rural populations with limited access to health care suffer disproportionately. Especially in North Carolina, African-American, Hispanic and Native-American populations have a higher rate of diabetes and related complications.

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May is Stroke Awareness Month
For more information on preventative measures and early symptoms of a stroke, click here.

The Harold P. Freeman Institute for Patient Navigation and Día de la Mujer Latina today jointly announced their partnership to eliminate disparities among the racial and ethnic medically underserved and uninsured patients throughout the US and Latin America. 

April 13, 2012, Houston, Texas. As we celebrate National Minority Health Month, renowned surgeon and Healthcare Leader, Dr. Harold Freeman and national Latina advocate, Venus Ginés, agreed to partner in promoting a call to action and unity for a culturally competent healthcare system in the regions, state and local offices of minority health, community health centers, faith-based and community-based organizations, who are committed to reducing health disparities.To celebrate HHS’s theme of “Health Equity Can’t Wait. Act Now in Your CommUNITY,” Dr Freeman and Venus Ginés will create a combined national navigator training program, culturally and linguistically proficient for all Promotores/Community Health Workers and Patient Navigators, which also includes education on the Affordable Care Act. Navi4Health™ will conduct the evaluation.

For 20 years, Dr Freeman has pioneered a patient navigation concept for the purpose of eliminating barriers to timely cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care. The frequently encountered barriers that may be eliminated through patient navigation are financial barriers (including uninsured and under insured); communication barriers (such as lack of understanding, language/cultural); medical system barriers (fragmented medical system, missed appointments, lost results); psychological barriers (such as fear and distrust); and other barriers (such as transportation and need for child care). Dr Freeman’s Patient Navigation Institute is world renowned. “This combined effort will eliminate barriers to timely diagnosis and treatment for low income and diverse populations,” stated Dr. Harold Freeman.

Since 1997, Día de la Mujer Latina (DML), a 501 C3 national Latina health & wellness grassroots organization, has been celebrating its signature health fiestas offering early detection screening to breast and cervical cancer plus other health challenges, i.e. diabetes, hypertension, obesity and HIV, annually in thirty nine states and Puerto Rico with a complimentary training program for Promotores /Community Health Workers. Today, DML has trained over 500 Promotores and served nearly 74,000 clients. DML became the 1st Latina CBO approved as State Sponsored Certification Training Program providing the 160 Hour bi-lingual P/CHW training throughout Texas. DML Promotores, both male and female, are respected, trustworthy community members whose knowledge and relationships in their neighborhoods enable them to deliver one-on one health education and patient navigation.

“Our mission is to motive, inform, navigate and empower communities at-risk in a culturally and linguistically proficient manner. DML’s programs promote the benefits of prevention and preparedness, stated DML’s CEO/Founder, Venus Ginés.

For further information on DML and its training program, please visit: or call 281-489-1111.

Cohen wins top award from Clinical Research Forum for HIV prevention study
For his groundbreaking research on treatment as prevention of HIV, Myron Cohen, MD, has received the top honor of the inaugural Clinical Research Forum Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards.
Cohen is professor of medicine and microbiology in the UNC School of Medicine and of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Cohen’s study, HIV Prevention Trials Network 052, showed that treating people with HIV with antiretroviral therapy renders them virtually non-contagious, reducing sexual transmission by 96 percent. The study findings, published Aug. 11, 2011 in The New England Journal of Medicine, were first made public in May 2011, four years before the study’s scheduled completion, because they were so overwhelmingly positive.
Source: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, News & Events
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FREE Public Health Data 101 Continuing Education Course ***NEW***
South Carolina Public Health Training Center
This free, six-week course requires approximately 20 total hours of participation and will begin May 14, 2012. It’s delivered through distance education so you won’t have to leave work/school or travel! This course will highlight the following areas:• Using data to develop a brief statement of a public health problem
• Describing an issue quantitatively and presenting data effectively
• Identifying how to use data to develop program or policy decisions

To register or learn more about the upcoming Public Health Data 101 Course, a component of the Continuing Education Program in Public Health Practice, please visit: Space is limited to 25-30 students per class.

To view flyer, click here.


REI Racial Equity Institute: Anti-Racism Workshops ***NEW***
Co-sponsored by: The Partnership Project, Inc. & Providence Baptist Church
The Anti-Racism Workshop, delivered by the Racial Equity Institute, LLC, is designed to build the capacity of educators, health practitioners, child welfare advocates, judicial representatives and others who are interested in understanding and eliminating racial inequities, disparities and disproportionality within our society.
Date: May 16 – 17, 2012 (Wednesday-Thursday) Time: 8:30-5:15 each day
Location: United Church of Chapel Hill 1321 MLK Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Invitation: Anyone interested in undoing racism in the United StatesTo view flyer, click here.

Date: May 24-25, 2012
Time: 8:30am–5:00pm each day
Location: Providence Baptist Church ▪ 1106 Tuscaloosa St. ▪ Greensboro, NC
Dr. Howard Allen Chubbs, Pastor ▪ Church Phone: 336-273-7552

To view flyer, click here.

Continental Breakfast and Lunch are included at both events

CDC’s International Experience & Technical Assistance (IETA) Program
Are you interested in international public health work and looking for an opportunity to gain on-the-ground experience overseas? Then the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) International Experience and Technical Assistance (IETA) training program may be a perfect fit for you!The IETA program combines classroom training with field experience, offering qualified public health professionals the opportunity to enhance their skills and apply them in an international public health setting. Further information is available on the CDC internet website at:

An informational session will be held in Washington, D.C. for all those interested in learning more:
Informational Session:
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Time: 3:30 – 4:30pm
Where: Mary E. Switzer Building, Room 2232, 330 C Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20201
For those who are unable to attend in-person, a conference line will be available.

Conference Line
Toll-Free Number: 1.866.704.1254
Toll Number: 203.566.6612
Passcode: 7195243

The deadline for application submission is tentatively set for COB Friday, October 12, 2012 and applications will be available in late August.


North Carolina Communities Working in Partnership: Policy Advocacy Training
Date: Friday, May 11, 2012 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM ***To be Rescheduled***
Location: United Way of Greensboro
1500 Yanceyville Street
Greensboro, NC 27405
Date: Friday, June 15, 2012 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Nash General Hospital
Rocky Mount, NC

  • Develop Effective Policy Advocacy Strategies
  • Identify Key Community Resources
  • Learn To Design A Policy Advocacy Campaign

To register, contact Veronica Carlisle at:
To view flyer, click here.
Lunch provided at both events
Sponsored by: Carolina Community Network, United Voices of Efland-Cheeks; UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Fall 2012 Course on Racial Dissemination and Racial Identity for Minority Youth
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department of Psychology

Course: Psychology 768, Seminar in Developmental Psychology
Instructor: Eleanor Seaton
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructorThis course will focus on racial issues that affect the development of minority youth. We will focus specifically on racial discrimination, a risk factor, and racial identity, a protective factor, for minority youth development. The course will cover an interdisciplinary approach to the study of these factors for minority youth, the implications for the development, mental health and achievement of minority youth.


2012 Summer Institute: Race, Sex and Equity 

The 11th annual Summer Institute will explore the concepts of race, sex, and equity through critical analysis of race, gender, sexuality, age, and disability.
This year’s program will feature preeminent sexuality research scholars, sexual rights advocates, and program implementers whose research and advocacy work challenges conventional paradigms around sexuality and racial equity.Dates:

Two-week Session 1: June 18 – June 29, 2012 (3 academic credits)
Two-week Session 2: July 2 – July 13, 2012 (3 academic credits)
Four-week Session: June 18 – July 13, 2012 (6 academic credits)

Deadline for priority registration/international applicants is April 1, 2012, and all domestic applicants (US residents) is May 1, 2012.

For more information, visit:


The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will hold its 2012 Scientific Retreat ***NEW***
Discussion Topics: HPV and Cancer
Date: May 23, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Alunmi Hall I, II, III Carolina Club (new on-campus location)
The deadline for poster registration is 5:00 pm Monday , May 21, 2012. Only posters registered online will be eligible for display and awards. 

For more information, click here.


Engaged Scholar Seminar Series
Implementing Evidence-based Approaches to Reduce Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening

Co-presented by: Cathy Melvin, Research Associate Professor in Maternal and Child Health and Kelly Green, Research Associate at Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Friday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. (Networking and continental breakfast, 8:30 a.m.)
Pleasants’ Room, Wilson Library
This seminar will include lessons learned and results from a colorectal cancer screening project in Greensboro, NC. The goal of the project is to close gaps in colorectal cancer screening and survival rates among uninsured and African American individuals in Guilford County. The project is based on pilot work and includes research partnerships with community members throughout the research process.
Click to register: Engaged Scholars Seminar Series: Implementing Evidenced-Based Approaches to Reduce Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening
What is the purpose of the Engaged Scholars Seminar Series?
This FREE seminar series consists of one-hour monthly sessions highlighting engagement opportunities across campus, engaged research methods, overcoming barriers to community-engaged research, and examples of community engagement success stories, including accomplishments and challenges in working with communities across North Carolina. Through this seminar series, we provide you tools for success in engaged scholarship, an emphasis in UNC-Chapel Hill’s 2011 Academic Plan: Reach Carolina.
Who should attend?
Faculty, postdocs, fellows, and graduate students, as well as interested undergraduates from across campus. Community members are also invited to attend.

The NC TraCS Institute is offering free workshops: Manuscript Writing Workshop
The Manuscript Writing Workshop will introduce participants to the concepts of manuscript development, critique, and submission. Participants will have an opportunity to have a manuscript they are currently working on critiqued and receive feedback. To take advantage of this opportunity, please submit a manuscript-in-progress to Arlinda Ellison by April 30, 2012 at THIS IS OPTIONAL, and not required for registration or attendance. Participants are also asked to indicate their discipline and areas of research.
These workshops are open to all audiences and provide foundational information to facilitate research, foster partnerships, and build skills. You must receive confirmation of your registration to attend the workshop. Should you have any difficulty accessing this site, or have any questions, please send any inquiries to
June 27, 2012 from 8:30-12:30 at Wesley Long Hospital, Education Center, Room 1
501 N. Elam Ave., Greensboro, NC, 27403
Link to register:


In collaboration with the 18th National Health Equity Research Webcast and other community co-sponsors*, the United Church of Chapel Hill (UCCH) presents…
Camara P. Jones, MD, MPH, PhD
Research Director on Social Determinants of Health and Equity, Division of Adult and Community Health

Date: Sunday, June 3, 2012

Location: United Church of Chapel Hill (Fellowship Hall), Chapel Hill, NC


10:00-10:50 AM “A Gardener’s Tale: Three Levels of Racism” UCCH Adult Forum – open to all

3:30-5:30 PM “Race, Health and Well-being in the US” Community Forum — FREE!

To view flyer, click here.


Call for Abstracts: 18th Qualitative Health Research Conference (QHR)
October 23 – 25, 2012
Pre-Conference Workshop Day – October 22, 2012
Marriott Chateau Champlain
Montreal, PQDeadline – May 30, 2012

The International Institute for Qualitative Methodology is pleased to announce that this year the 18th Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference will take place October 23 – 25, 2012 at the Marriott Chateau Champlain in beautiful Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Conference Theme: New Directions for Qualitative Health Research

QHR is the premier international and interdisciplinary conference for the dissemination and discussion of developments in qualitative health research. Abstracts for oral, symposium, or poster presentations are invited from scholars engaged in qualitative research and are encouraged, although not required, to discuss topics that fall within the parameters of the conference theme. All conference papers will be peer reviewed, and we welcome presentations from scholars in a range of disciplines.

Abstracts are invited from scholars engaged in qualitative health research in such disciplines as public health, nursing, medicine, social work, psychology, sociology, information science, education, human ecology, anthropology, dentistry, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and many more!

For more registration information, click here. For conference information, click here.

18th National Health Equity Research Webcast: “Social Determinants of Health Disparities: Moving the Nation to Care about Social Justice”
Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 1:30-4:00pm EDT
Location: Webcast and Tate-Turner-Kuralt building auditorium – see
Camara P. Jones, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Research Director on Social Determinants of Health and Equity, Division of Adult and Community Health, NCCDPHP, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ronny A. Bell, Ph.D., M.S., Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine and Co-Director, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
Aida L.M. Giachello, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Moderator: Cedric Bright, M.D., F.A.C.P., Director, Office of Special Programs and Assistant Dean for Admissions, UNC School of Medicine and 112th President, National Medical Association
This free, interactive session will be broadcast with a live audience in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt auditorium at the UNC School of Social Work and can be viewed over the Internet (webcast). Questions will be taken from broadcast participants by email and toll-free telephone.
For more information:
To register a group viewing site:
To register to view on your personal computer:
To register for the studio audience at the TTK auditorium:
Answers to frequently asked questions:
Comments from last year’s participants:
The 18th National Health Equity Research Webcast is presented by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Minority Health Project and UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, in association with the UNC American Indian Center and Norfolk State University Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work, a partner in the Commonwealth Public Health Training Center. Please consider becoming a cosponsor or providing an endorsement!

NCI Small Grants Program for Cancer Research (NCI Omnibus R03)

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA), issued by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports small research projects on cancer that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. The R03 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.More information.


Call for Pilot Proposals: UNC Center for Diabetes Translation Research to Reduce Health Disparities
Deadline: June 25, 2012

The UNC Center for Diabetes Translation Research to Reduce Health Disparities (CDTR) is pleased to announce a new pilot grant program that supports research focused on diabetes. For specific information on proposal guidelines, visit the CDTR website:


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.


Post-Doctoral Associate (Full-Time) ***NEW***Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, however, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by May 30, 2012.

Interested applicants should submit: (1) a letter of application, (2) a current CV, (3) a relevant writing sample, and (4) contact information for at least three professional or academic references to:

Jill Cooper, MPH
Program Coordinator
Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, Duke University
304 Research Drive, North Building, Box 90141
Durham, NC 27708-0141

To view flyer, click here.

NIEHS Scholars Connect Program (NSCP): Connecting Minority Scholars with Environmental Health Science

Program Coordinator (Part-Time)
Application deadline: Friday – May 18, 2012

The NSCP is in search of a graduate student to help coordinate and facilitate this academic year program, which launches Fall 2012. We anticipate a July 2012 start date.

To apply, please forward a cover letter and resume to:
Dr. Ericka Reid, NIEHS Office of Science Education & Diversity:
To view flyer, click here.

Research Recruitment Director
NC TraCS Institute
Closing Date: May 13, 2012
The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (TraCS) is searching for a Research Recruitment Director. Qualified candidates are welcome to apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and list of references via UNC’s online recruitment system at
Women and Minority Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Last updated May 14, 2012