ECHO Current Weekly E-News

March 30, 2015

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. To submit an announcement/event fill out the short electronic Announcement Form. Please forward your announcements by noon on Wednesdays. Announcements are sent out before COB on Mondays.


March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

For more information, click here.


Kidney Stones Can Send Patients to Hospital More Than Once   ***NEW***

“We also found that those patients who had Medicaid or Medicare coverage were more likely than those privately insured to return to the emergency department. This finding suggests that obtaining access to care may involve more than simply having insurance coverage,” study author Dr. Charles Scales, an assistant professor of surgery at Duke, said in a university news release.

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Skin Cancer Rates Rise for Hispanic, Asian Women   ***NEW***

Shifting preferences for tanning, along with belief that darker skin is protected, may explain trend

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In Nursing, Men Still Paid More Than Women: Study    ***NEW***

Male nurses in the United States make more than females, and the pay gap has not narrowed in 25 years, a new study finds.

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Doctors’ Racial Biases May Not Influence Patient Care, Survey Suggests  ***NEW***

A new survey finds that hospital doctors don’t treat patients differently because of race or income level, even though it detected unconscious bias in some clinicians.

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For Mexican-Americans, Heart Risks Can Rise Even If Not Obese   ***NEW***

High blood pressure, poor blood sugar levels common even in those of normal weight, research shows

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UNC is an AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC) clinical trials site and member of the AMC Behavioral Research Working Group that raises awareness of HIV/AIDS-related cancers and AMC clinical trials.

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Did You Know? Cancers of the lung, liver, kidney and colon  are examples of non-AIDS defining cancers that have been found to affect people living with HIV.  Non-AIDS defining cancers are cancers that can occur at any time among those with HIV/AIDS.


Research Highlight:

AMC-087: Phase I Trial of Cabozantinib (XL184) for Advanced Solid Tumors in Persons with HIV Infection

The main objective of this study is to determine the safety and tolerability of cabozantinib (XL184) as a single agent when treating solid tumors, including Kaposi’s Sarcoma, in persons with HIV infection and to determine the maximal tolerated dose (MTD) in this population.  This phase I trial studies the side effects and best dose of cabozantinib-s-malate in treating patients with advanced solid tumors and human immunodeficiency virus. Cabozantinib-s-malate may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.

For more information on ACCRUE & AMC clinical trials at UNC, visit

Indiana Governor Declares Public Health Emergency to Battle Worst HIV Outbreak in State History   ***NEW***

Pence said 79 cases have been confirmed, and, with more testing underway, “We expect that number to go up.”

The cases have either been found in or are connected to Scott County, near the Kentucky border.

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U.S. Deaths Due to High Blood Pressure Keep Rising: CDC   ***NEW***

Kung and co-author Dr. Jiaquan Xu, a CDC epidemiologist, also found that deaths related to high blood pressure varied by race. The death rate increased among Hispanics between 2000 and 2005. Since then, the death rate increased for whites but decreased among blacks, the researchers found.

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Medicaid Expansion Spotted Many Undiagnosed Diabetes Cases    ***NEW***

States that have chosen to expand eligibility for Medicaid — the government-run insurance program for lower-income people — now provide access to most non-seniors who make at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level. That’s about $16,105 for an individual, according to the study researchers.

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Bullying in a Least Expected Place

After completing her nursing degree, Lynn went to work as a registered nurse in the emergency department at a suburban hospital in North Carolina. For the next two years, she was abused, intimidated, openly berated, and humiliated by staff nurses with more seniority and the nurse manager.

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ABC11 WTVD: Study Co-led By UNC Cancer Center Researcher Uncovers Links To HPV 

A study co-led by an UNC Cancer Center researcher has uncovered some new findings that could revolutionize the way cancer is treated.

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California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)/Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation & Leadership Training: Registration now open for the 4th Annual Latino Health Equity Conference, Del Saber a Poder – From Knowledge to Action.   ***NEW***

Date: April 17, 2015

Long Beach, CA.

To Register, click here.

Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS): Workshop. Catapult Your Research Career Using Public Data Sets.   ***NEW***

This workshop will help scholars interested in Hispanic health research strengthen their skills and knowledge to perform analytical studies of public health datasets to better contribute to Hispanic and other underserved populations.

Date: June 28-30, 2015

Location: Bethesda, MD.

More information, click here.


Johns Hopkins University/Bloomberg School of Public Health: Continuing education. 33rd Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.   ***NEW***

Date: June 15-July 3, 2015

Location: Baltimore, MD.

More information, click here.

Snap to Health by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress is a report that examines the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP).   ***NEW***

This report, subtitled, A Fresh Approach to Strengthening the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aims to influence policy makers to promote good health and nutrition among the participants.

To search online catalog, click here.


Institute of Medicine (IOM)/Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Office of Minority Health: Workshop.  

Strategies for Ensuring Diversity, Inclusion, and Meaningful Participation in Clinical Trials.

Date: April 9, 2015

Location: Washington, DC

More information, click here.

Haven’t visited in a while? The site offers a wealth of resources for building cultural competency in your organization:   

A Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care, an e-learning program accredited for physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners
Culturally Competent Nursing Care: A Cornerstone of Caring, an e-learning program accredited for nurses and social workers
A Patient-Centered Guide for Implementing Language Access Services, an e-resource to help health care organizations meet the communication needs of patients with limited English proficiency

American Association for Cancer Education Webinar Series  

AACE launches a new webinar series. The first two webinars will be freely available to all interested cancer education professionals.

-March 31: Cancer, Culture, and Literacy: Innovative Approaches for Advancing Cancer Communications and Research.
-April 22: Planning Evaluation of Cancer Education

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Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), in collaboration with the CDC and CityMatCH: Training. Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology   

Date:  June 1-5, 2015

Location:  Baltimore, MD

More information, click here.


Transforming Durham Communities by Enhancing Womens Health: Womens Health Awareness Day 2015.  ***NEW***

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Time: 8:55am-5:00pm

Location: North Carolina Central University

Miller-Morgan Health Education Building at 528 Nelson Street in Durham, NC.

The purpose of this event is to empower and inform women to take responsibility for their health, to understand their health options; and to identify services, resources and products to best help them in preventing poor health, reducing health issues and receiving health equity. This event is free.

To register by Deadline: April 3, 2015, click here.


Please join us for our Bone Marrow Registry Drive!   ***NEW***

Bone Marrow transplants are last resort options to treat blood cancers.  Some patients are lucky enough to find a match through a family member or the international registry which is organized through However, due to under-representation in the registry, minorities often have a tough time finding a lifesaving match. Since patients are most likely to match with someone with a similar racial or ethnic background, we are addressing this problem by holding a bone marrow registration event on campus with the assistance of BeTheMatch. More potential donors are needed to improve patients’ chances of finding a match, especially for minorities!

Registering is free, pain-free (check swabs are taken), quick, and snacks will be provided.

When: April 15, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 pm
Where: Student Union, Room 2423
For Who: Anyone between ages of 14-44

For more information, please contact Tyler Giese (

Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC): Registration now open for the 21st National Conference on African Refugees and Immigrants, Pathways to Security, Integration and Empowerment.   ***NEW***

Date: April 28-May 1, 2015

Location: Arlington, VA.

More information, click here.


UNC ECHO Seminar Series:

Cancer, Coping and Community Coaches: A Train-the-Trainer Model for Building a Peer Support Program

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Marlyn Allicock, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Texas, School of Public Health

Date:   Friday, April 10, 2015
Time:  1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Place:  Rosenau Hall, Room 101
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

PANEL DISCUSSION: “Health Activism in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement”
Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium, 0001 Michael Hooker Research Center, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Wednesday, April 1st 6:00-7:30pm

Black Lives Matter Movement
OPEN MIC NIGHT: A showcase of spoken word and song
Sonja H. Stone Center  Hitchcock Multipurpose Room

Thursday, April 2nd 7:00-9:00pm

Implicit Bias Community Series   

The session will be interactive and reflective to help participants understand the impact and manifestation of implicit bias on decision-making. Payne is part of a small community of academic scholars from around the world who are associated with Project Implicit – a multi university research collaboration to study implicit bias. The Payne lab studies social cognition—thinking and feeling about people and socially important issues. They are especially interested in the unintended and the unconscious.

Session II: Initiatives to Interrupt Implicit Bias
Tuesday, April 21st, 7-8:30 PM, Rogers Road Community Center, 101 Edgar Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Explore the history of the American civil rights movement with a guided tour of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum’s permanent exhibition, The Battlegrounds

This engaging encounter, introduced with a captivating audio/video narrative, includes a journey through time via pictorials, artifacts, video reenactments, and interactive components.

More information, click here.

2015 UNC Cancer Survivor’s Day   

Date: June 6, 2015

Time: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Location: William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
100 Friday Center Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Join us on Saturday, June 6 at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC for a very special celebration of life. The event is free and open to cancer survivors and their caregivers.

More information, click here.

Duke Health Disparities Research Colloquium   

Racial and ethnic minorities experience higher rates of disease, disability, and death than do their white counterparts. With the growing racial and ethnic diversity of the population, addressing disparities in health has become a national priority.

Date:  April 17, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Searle Center

(lunch included)

More information, click here.


Office of Minority Health (OMH) FY 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcements   ***NEW***

OMH at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) administers grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. OMH currently has four funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for which applications are being accepted:
• HHS/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), OMH: National Health Education Program on Lupus Grant. Deadline is May 18, 2015. Learn more.
• HHS/OASH, OMH: National Workforce Diversity Pipeline Program. Deadline is May 18, 2015. Learn more.
• HHS/OASH, OMH: Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities (PICC) II Initiative Grant. Deadline is May 22, 2015. Learn more.
• HHS/OASH, OMH: State Partnership Initiative to Address Health Disparities Grant. Deadline is May 24, 2015. Learn more.

Federal Grants    ***NEW***
• HHS/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Capacity Building Initiative for Substance Abuse (SA) and HIV Prevention Services for At-Risk Racial/Ethnic Minority Youth and Young Adults (HIV-CBI). Deadline is April 23, 2015. Learn more.
• HHS/Administration for Community Living (ACL), Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD): The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC). Funds will be awarded to support a national PRC that will improve the health and quality of life of individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers. Deadline is April 27, 2015. Learn more.
• HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Prevention. Deadline is April 27, 2015. Learn more.
• HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Capacity Development Grants. Deadline is April 27, 2015. Learn more.
• HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Development and Translation of Medical Technologies to Reduce Health Disparities (SBIR) (R43/44). Deadline is April 28, 2015. Learn more.
• Corporation for National and Community Service: AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants. Provides funding to help implement community-based healthcare projects. Deadline is April 29, 2015. Learn more.


Exploratory/Developmental Grants Program for Basic Cancer Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R21)    

Deadline: June 17, 2015; November 17, 2015; June 17, 2016; November 17, 2016; June 19, 2017; November 17, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

More information, click here.

Basic Cancer Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R01)   

June 17, 2015; November 17, 2015; June 17, 2016; November 17, 2016; June 19, 2017; November 17, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

More information, click here.


Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS): Graduate Fellowship Training Program (GFTP) – Summer 2015.  ***NEW***

This program provides paid and unpaid training opportunities for graduate and doctoral students and recent graduates interested in working on Hispanic health research.

Deadline is April 1, 2015.

More information, click here.


East Carolina University/Brody School of Medicine is recruiting for an Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion (#002260) position in Greenville, NC. Open until filled   

More information, click here.

Executive Director position at Sunnyside Ministry, a crisis assistance ministry of the Moravian Church here in Winston-Salem  

More information, click here.

Leader, Population Health and Health Disparities Research Position at Duke University  

Seeking a clinical and translational population health and health disparities scientist to help lead a program that will position Duke as the leading institution in studies to improve chronic disease management and eliminate health disparities.

More information, click here.


Many Cultures, One Goal: Better Health