ECHO Current Weekly E-News

November 29, 2016

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 please click here. Please forward your announcements by noon on Wednesdays. Announcements are sent out before COB on Mondays. The ECHO E-Bulletin will now be sent out on a biweekly basis beginning this fall.



Breast, Cervical Cancer More Deadly in Developing Nations

A new report shows that women with breast and cervical cancer in less developed nations are more likely to die than women in more developed nations.

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Rural Appalachia Faces Growing Cancer Crisis ***NEW***

Although cancer rates across the U.S. are declining, cancer rates in rural Appalachia have not declined.

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Can a Community’s ‘Well-Being’ Help You Live Longer? 

Life expectancy varies greatly based on where an individual lives. One explanation for these disparities is the role of “well-being”, including physical health, emotional health, and life satisfaction and optimism.

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 Food Allergies Among Kids Vary by Race ***NEW***

This study has found that the development of food allergies and what type of allergy is influenced by race and ethnicity.

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Strokes Decline in Older Americans, Rise in Young ***NEW***

A new study has found that the stroke rate in people aged 55 and up has declined, while the stroke rate among the young has increased.

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Does Living in Poor Neighborhood Up Stroke Risk?

A new study has found that those living in poorer neighborhoods have a higher stroke risk compared to wealthier neighborhoods, regardless of race and ethnicity.

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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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention News Release 

The CDC has found that cancers linked to tobacco use make up 40% of all cancers diagnosed in the United States, and there are still significant disparities that need to be eliminated.

Working to Achieve Health Equity: The CMS Equity Plan for Medicare One Year Later ***NEW***

This article outlines the progress that has been made by the CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare in improving health equity.

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Linking Health Care to Housing through HRSA Safety Net Programs

There is a link between stable living conditions and improved health and well-being, leading the HRSA to link health care services and housing.

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CDPH Announces Grant to Reduce Mental Health Disparities in Native American Communities

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is granting funding to the California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB) to fight mental health disparities in Native American Communities.

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Alarming Disparities in Health Outcomes Could be Prevented by Breastfeeding ***NEW***

This study outlines the large disparities in breastfeeding rates and rates of infant diseases between women of different races and ethnicity.

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November is National Native American Heritage Month

National Native American Heritage Month celebrates the culture and heritage of Native Americans.

For more information, click here.

Community Health Profile
This report is published by the Urban Indian Health Institute and provides an overview of the health status of AI/ANs living in select urban counties.
For more information, click here.

Open Enrollment Social Media Toolkit ***NEW***

Open Enrollment for 2017 runs until December 15, 2016. This toolkit includes a variety of tools for this enrollment period.

For more information, click here.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

The theme of this Diabetes Awareness Month is “Managing Diabetes – It’s Not Easy, But It’s Worth It.”

For more information, click here.

AACR Cancer Progress Report 2016

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has released the AACR Cancer Progress Report 2016.

For more information, click here.

Equity and Inclusion: Cultural Competency Training of Trainers Institute ***NEW***

Registration is now open for this training opportunity. This program will be held on February 20-24, 2017 in Seattle, WA.

For more information, click here.


1st NHHF Latino Health Professional Job Fair ***NEW***

This event will be held on December 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA and on December 15, 2016 in New York, NY and is open to Latino health professionals.

For more information, click here.

NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival ***NEW***
Registration for this research festival is now open. This event will take place on December 2, 2016 in Bethesda, MD.
For more information, click here.

Achieving Health Equity through Community Engagement and Innovative Health Care Delivery

This event will happen at Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, MD on December 13, 2016.

For more information, click here.

December 1st is Worlds AIDS Day 

There are events happening across the country to recognize World AIDS Day.

For more information, click here.

Bridging the Gap between Cervical Cancer and Women’s Health: Precision Medicine and Health Equity ***NEW***

This event will be held on December 4, 2016, 3:00 pm ET in Baltimore, MD. For further information, please contact


HIV/AIDS among Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Project – Health Information Campaign Subcontracts ***NEW***

The OMHRC will conduct an Informational Webinar on November 30, 2016, 4:00 pm ET and the deadline for this opportunity is January 6, 2017.

For more information, click here.

Medical Research Scholars Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 MRSP class.  The application deadline is January 13, 2017.

For more information, click here.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Implementation Center for HIV Clinical Quality Improvement ***NEW***

The overall aim of the funding opportunity is to improve HIV health outcomes for people living with HIV and the deadline to apply is January 17, 2017. 

For more information, click here.

HIV, HCV and Related Comorbidities in Rural Communities Affected by Opioid Injection Drug Epidemics in the United States: Building Systems for Prevention, Treatment and Control (UG3/UH3)

The deadline for Letter of Intent (LOI) is December 10, 2016 and the application deadline is January 10, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Training Program for Scientists Conducting Research to Reduce HIV/STI Health Disparities (Visiting Professor Program) ***NEW***

The deadline to submit an application for this program is  January 18, 2017.

For more information, click here.

Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (G08)

This grant supports programs that bring health information to health disparity populations. The deadline for this application is December 16, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Surgical Disparities Research (R01)

This grant supports research on disparities in surgical care and outcomes in minority and health disparity populations.

For more information, click here.


CBSSM Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

The University of Michigan is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM).

For more information, click here.

Available Positions 

The School of Public Health (Initiative) at Jackson State University has several positions available at all levels in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the Department of Behavioral and Environmental Health,  and the Department of Communicative Disorders.

For more information, click here.

Assistant/Associate Professor ***NEW***

This position is with the Texas A&M School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management. The deadline to apply for this position is December 2, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Assistant Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology

The College of Health and Human Development at Pennsylvania State University is seeking Assistant Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology.

For more information, click here.

Epidemiologist ***NEW***

This position will serve as the Hepatitis C Surveillance Coordinator at the New Mexico Department of Health’s (NMDOH) Epidemiology and Response Division’s (ERD) Infectious Disease Epidemiology Bureau (IDEB).

For more information, click here.

Program Analyst, HIV, STI, & Viral Hepatitis ***NEW***

This position is with The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)  and the application for this position is online.

For more information, click here.

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