ECHO Current Weekly E-News

October 5, 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.


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15 

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ***NEW***

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Poor, Minorities Spend More Time Waiting for Medical Care ***NEW***

Blacks, Hispanics, and those from a lower socioeconomic class spend more time seeking health care than whites.

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 Transgender Discrimination Linked to Risky Health Behaviors

A new study found that discrimination may cause risky health behaviors in transgender Americans.

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Tanning Bed Use, Skin Cancer Rates High Among Gay Men ***NEW***

Indoor tanning more popular among gay and bisexual men than it is among heterosexual men, which might be an explanation of why skin cancer rates are higher among gay and bisexual men.

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Younger Native Americans Face High Suicide Rate 

A new federal report on suicide finds that young adult Native Americans continue to be at a much higher risk of suicide compared to other ethnic groups in the United States.

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Hispanic, Poor Children May Have Greater Risk of Losing Eye to Cancer ***NEW***

Hispanic and poor children with a rare eye cancer are at a greater risk of losing an eye due to late diagnosis of the disease.

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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

American Heart Association and Shakopee Tribe Join Forces for Native American Health ***NEW***

Unprecedented roundtable gathering of funders will address the nutritional health crisis in Indian Country.

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ACF and IHS Award $21 Million to Support Tribal Family Violence Victims and Organizations 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Indian Health Service (IHS) are announcing the award of nearly $21 million to support tribal domestic violence victims.

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Minority Health Coalition offering diabetes self-management classes ***NEW***

The Minority Health Coalition of Vigo County Inc. is teaching a six-class session of the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Diabetes Self-Management Program.

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MAXIMUS Health Literacy Expert to Discuss the Importance of Effectively Communicating Health Information to the Latino Community ***NEW***

He will highlight the importance of addressing health literacy when communicating health information to the Latino community.

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Most of World’s People Lack Access to Safe Cancer Surgery 

A new study found that most cancer patients worldwide don’t have access to needed surgeries.

Read more.


HHS Launches Resources System to Improve Disaster Preparedness 

The nation’s first and most comprehensive system of resources designed specifically to help communities better prepare for and manage the health impacts of disasters.

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Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation 2015-2018 ***NEW***

Resource on increasing awareness and understanding of mental illness and substance use disorders, promoting wellness, increasing access to effective treatment, and support recovery.

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Ebola Preparedness in the U.S. – One Year Later ***NEW***

New resource video about the recent Ebola epidemic.

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Cancer Health Disparities, Did You Know?

A resource video released by the National Cancer Institute.

For more information, click here.

Chartbook on Rural Health Care

National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report.

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New ‘Human Needs Index’ to Measure U.S. Poverty and Its Effects ***NEW***

To be published on a quarterly basis, the index will provide monthly national and state data since 2004.

For more information, click here.


Transcultural Nursing Society 41st Annual Conference ***NEW***

Oct 28 2015-Oct 31 2015. 8am – 5pm. Red Lion Hotel, Jantzen Beach, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR

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UNC Medical School Almuna Dr. C. Nicole Swiner Book Discussion- How to Avoid the Superwoman Complex 

10/20/2015, 3:30- 4:30, Duke University- Erwin Mill Building Bay A – 103A

For more information, click here.

RSVP here.

HHS/NIH, NIDDK: Registration now open for the 2015 Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) South Regional Workshop 

November 15-16, 2015 in New Orleans, LA.

For more information, click here.

Epigenetics and Health Disparities: Linking Biology and Social Science: Webinar 

Presenter: James N Jarvis, MP, FAAP. Date: 11/18/2015

For more information, click here.

Cross Cultural Health Care Program Training – Closing the Gap: Cultural Competency Training of Trainers Institute ***NEW***

October 19-32, 2015. Seattle, WA.

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7th Annual Alzheimer’s Caregivers Education Conference ***NEW***

The North Carolina A&T State University Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging and Community Health, is hosting the 2015 Caregivers Education Conference. Admission is FREE for registered attendees.

10/31/2015. 8am-3pm. NC A&T State University Alumni Event Center, 200 N. Benbow Road Greensboro, NC 27411

For more information, click here.

International Cancer Education Conference (ICEC) 

American Association for Cancer Education. Dates: October 21-23, 2015. Tuscon, AZ.

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Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR) 

Awards will be funded for 1-2 years, up to $150,000. Concept proposals are due October 16, 2015.

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UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship 

The due date for applications is November 1, 2015.

For more information and to apply, click here.

HHS/NIH, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): Addressing Health Disparities in Maternal and Child Health through Community-Based Participatory Research (R03)

Deadline for letters of intent is October 20, 2015.

For more information, click here.

Exploratory/Developmental Grants Program for Basic Cancer Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R21)
Deadline is November 17, 2015.
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Administrative Supplements for Research on Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations (Admin Supp) 

Deadline is November 30, 2015.

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Association of American Medical Colleges Advancing Implementation Science in Community/Academic Partnered Research
Deadline for Proposal Receipt: October 16, 2015
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 Bridging the Gap Between Cancer Mechanism and Population Science (U01) ***NEW***

Applications due November 4, 2015.

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University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship 

Applications are due November 1, 2015.

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The Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University (CCCWFU,) Multiple Tenure Track Faculty Positions in Cancer Prevention and Control

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a summary of research interests to Dr. Kristie Long Foley, Ph.D., Cancer Prevention & Control Program Leader c/o Monica Kiger,

Application review begins November 1,2015.

For more information about the Division of Public Health Sciences, click here. For more information on the Comprehensive Cancer Center, click here.

Director of Public Health Nursing ***NEW***

Application due October 23, 2015.

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Health Coverage Program Coordinator Position Opening

Send your resume, professional references/name and contact number to Please include Health Coverage Program Coordinator in the subject line.

Deadline is October 16, 2015.

For more information click here.

Laboratory-Based Scientists for an Assistant or Associate Member Position (Equivalent to an Assistant or Associate Professor) 

This research is being sponsored by the Human Biology Division and at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Lead Biostatistician – Philadelphia, PA  ***NEW***

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to:
Heather Johnson, Administrative Officer
Center of Innovation for Health Equity Research and Promotion
Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center
3900 Woodland Avenue — ANNEX
Philadelphia, PA 19104

For more information, click here.

The Pennsylvania State University- Professor and Head of the Department of Biobehavioral Health 

The review of applications will begin on November 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries may be made to Dr. Joshua Smyth, Chair of the Search Committee by e-mail ( or by telephone (814 – 863 – 8402) or to Dr. Ann C. Crouter, Dean, College of Health and Human Development (; 814-865-4392).

For more information and to apply, click here.

 Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health for Associated Health Professionals – Pittsburgh, PA ***NEW***

Interested associated health professionals who meet the eligibility requirements should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to Megan Houlihan, MPPM (

For more information, click here.


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