ECHO Current Weekly E-News

January 26, 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.


January is  Cervical Health Awareness Month

For more information, click here.


Breast cancer prevention drug benefit varies among at-risk women, study finds    ***NEW***

After weighing the risk of serious side effects with the benefits of a breast cancer prevention drug, a study led by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher found that the drug’s benefits outweighed risks for most, but not all women.

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School Sports Costs Leave Some Students on Sidelines    ***NEW***

“Participation in school sports offers so many benefits to children and teens, from lower dropout rates to improved health and reduced obesity. It is significant to have one in seven parents of non-sports participants indicate that cost is keeping their kid out of the game,” Clark said.

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Most Americans Have Access to ‘Exercise Opportunities,’ Study Finds   ***NEW***

But access to exercise sites varies regionally, the nationwide study found. “Not everyone had equal access to opportunities for exercise,” said study researcher Anne Roubal, a project assistant at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in Madison.

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Subject: African American Women Needed for UNC Research Study    

Seeking very overweight (e.g. BMI > 40) African American women to participate in a 6-month healthy
lifestyle/weight loss research project. The study is being conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and will involve 14 group-counseling classes. Classes will last approximately 2 hours and groups will meet weekly for the first month then every other week for the remaining 5 months. For more information and to see if you qualify, please visit our website at

Danielle F. Braxton MPH, RD

IRB Approval Information
Approval #: 14-2107
Approval Date: 9-10-14
Approving Body: UNC Non-Biomedical Institutional Review Board

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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

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we can also commemorate a significant milestone on our journey toward health equity.    ***NEW***

One year after Dr. King displayed the power of perseverance and partnership in a five-day march from Montgomery to Selma, he delivered a speech in Chicago at the annual meeting of the Medical Committee for Human Rights. In that speech he linked the quest for equality to health care, saying: “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

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National Partnership For Action to End Health Disparities: Fall 2014 Newsletter     ***NEW***

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UNC and Duke CTSAs Award First Pilot Grants for Collaborative Translational Research Projects   

The grants are part of an effort to promote inter-institutional collaborations that can turn basic scientific discoveries into advances in patient care. Such collaborations can help accelerate the pace of research by granting more investigators expanded access to resources, expertise, and patient populations.

Read more.

Fighting Hypertension in Eastern North Carolina    

The recent Evidence Academy on Hypertension brought together over a hundred researchers, health professionals, and community leaders to discuss ways to address this silent killer and promote better health for Eastern North Carolinians.

Read more.


The Detroit Urban Research Center is pleased to announce the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Partnership Academy, a nationwide, year-long capacity building opportunity for “community-academic” teams focused on improving health equity.  ***NEW***

Applications are due by March 16, and a Question & Answer Conference Call will be held on February 12 at 2 p.m. EST. Read on to learn more.

For more information, click here.

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.

Tuskegee University/National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care: Registration now open for the 18th Annual Commemoration of the Presidential Apology for the USPS Syphilis Study and Bioethics Commemoration and Public Health Ethics Intensive Course.  

March 22-27, 2015

Location: Tuskegee, AL

More information, click here.


Cervical Health Awareness Month: Film screening and panel discussion   ***NEW***

To increase awareness of the importance of HPV screening and in honor of Cervical Health Awareness Month, the North Carolina Institute for Public Health’s Practice Pathways: Focus Series is proud to present a film screening and discussion with UNC experts.

Date:  January 29, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Location:  BCBSNC Foundation Auditorium, Michael Hooker Research Center

More information, click here.

 Spring 2015 UNC ECHO Health Disparities Seminar Series   ***NEW***

ECHO_Dan Reuland “Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening in Diverse, Vulnerable Populations”

Presented by

Dan Reuland, MD, MPH

Assoicate Professor, UNC School of Medicine

                                Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology

Date: Friday, February 13, 2015

Time: 1:00pm-2:15pm

Place: Rosenau Hall, Room 101

UNC-Chapel Hill

19th Annual NCCU Department of Nursing Helen S. Miller Lectureship and Luncheon    ***NEW***

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Queen Utley-Smith

Date: March 5, 2015
Time: 9:00am-1:30pm
Location: Millennium Hotel
2800 Campus Walk Avenue
Durham, NC

To register, click here.

First Duke-UNC Social and Biological Determinants of Health Spring 2015 Seminar: Genetics, Epigenetics, Gene Environment Interactions for Social and Behavioral Traits   ***NEW***

Date:  February 18, 2015

Time: 5:00-6:30 PM
Location: 2024 W. Main Street, Durham, NC
Erwin Mill Building, Bay A200, Second Floor
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) meeting space

To RSVP, click here.

Cross Cultural Health Care Program: Training. Closing the Gap: Cultural Competency Training Of Trainers Institute.   ***NEW***

This Training of Trainers Institute provides an intensive 5-day course for organizations to meet mandates and recommendations for culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

March 23-27, 2015 in Seattle, WA

More information, click here.

Condom Distribution and Safe Sex Messaging Intervention Targeting Young Black Women  

Diane Francis, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Date: February 9th, 2015
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
location: Suite 309C
Sonja Haynes Stone Center
150 South Road
UNC-Chapel Hill

The Institution of African American Research 2014-2015 Graduate Student Brown Bag Series

Registration is now open for the 36th Annual Minority Health Conference    

Topic: Economic Mobility and Minority Health

February 27, 2015
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, Chapel Hill, NC

More information, click here.

The deadline for registrations and payments is February 13, 2015. All registration fees must be postmarked no later than February 13, 2015, or your registration will be canceled.


HHS/OASH: Replicating Evidence-Based TPP Programs to Scale in Communities with the Greatest Need (Tier 1B) Grant.  ***NEW***

Deadline for letters of intent is February 1, 2015.

More information, click here.

Institute of African American Research 2015 – 2016 Faculty Fellowship   ***NEW***

The Institute of African American Research welcomes applications for its Faculty Fellowship Program for the academic year 2015-2016. The IAAR expects to make two awards for this program period.

More information, click here.

HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Regional AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) Grant.  ***NEW***

Deadline is March 6, 2015

More information, click here.

HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part D Grants for Coordinated HIV Services and Access to Research for Women, Infants, Children, and Youth (WICY) – Existing Geographic Service Areas.

Deadline is February 18, 2015.   

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Alliance Cancer Control Program Pilot Project Funds    

Applications must be submitted no later than February 1, 2015

The Alliance is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support pilot projects in the Cancer Control Program, including cancer prevention, risk assessment, screening, symptom intervention, surveillance, health outcomes research, and specific population groups, including minority and underserved, elderly, and adolescent and young adult populations.

More information, click here.


North Carolina Council of Churches:  Executive Director     ***NEW***

Coordinate and supervise the paid and volunteer staff in the program areas of the Council including Christian unity, farmworkers, healthcare reform, immigrant rights, food security, peace, public education and rural life.

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Applications now being accepted for Cancer Control Education Program Predoctoral Fellowships 2015-2016     

The Cancer Control Education Program (CCEP) is now accepting applications for 2015-2016 predoctoral fellowships that begin July 1, 2015. The CCEP is an NCI-funded training program in cancer prevention and control. The application deadline is January 23, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

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Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians/Community Health Branch   

FT Health & Wellness Manager position in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Open until filled

More information, click here. 

FT Community Health Educator position in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Open until filled

More information, click here.

FT Project Coordinator (2) position in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Open until filled

More information, click here.

The Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) is now accepting applications for the 15th Annual “Careers in Cancer Control Research” Summer Institute    

Date:  June 6-10, 2015 at UCSF and June 19-23, 2015 at UCLA

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 13, 2015

More information, click here.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is announcing an exciting new Call for Qualifications (CFQ) opportunity in its Research, Evaluation and Learning (REAL) unit   

The CFQ is targeting independent evaluators and small to medium sized evaluation firms owned by underrepresented groups such as African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and underrepresented Asians

Completed applications are due no later than 11:59pm EST on Sunday, February 15, 2015.

For more information, click here.

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