ECHO Current Weekly E-News

July 5, 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.



Nearly 1 Million More Kids Have Health Coverage After Obamacare

Almost 1 million children have gained health insurance coverage through Obamacare and approximately 91 percent of Medicaid-eligible children are now enrolled in the program.

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1 in 3 Hospitals in Developing World Lack Running Water ***NEW***

A third of hospitals in the developing world lack running water, which is an essential resource for surgeries, hygiene, and infection control. 

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Asian-Americans in Better Health Than Other U.S. Adults

Compared to other Americans, Asian-Americans reported having fewer chronic health conditions and being in overall better physical and mental health.

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Sudden Heart Death More Common in Male Minority Athletes ***NEW***

This new study has determined that hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of sudden heart death in minority male athletes. Minority male athletes have a higher death rate from sudden cardiac death than white athletes.

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Smoking Harms Black Americans’ Kidneys

A new research study suggests that smoking can pose a high risk to kidney health among African Americans.

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A Little Guidance Is Key to Getting That Cancer Screen ***NEW***

This study shows how the use of patient navigators improved cancer screening rates among low-income and ethnic minority patients.

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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

Medicaid Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act Leads to Better Care and Improves Financial Well-being for new Enrollees ***NEW***

A new report has found that over 90 percent of new people enrolled in Medicaid are satisfied with their health care plans and their doctors. Medicaid has also improved the financial stability and well-being of new enrollees.

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HHS Awards $156 Million to Health Centers to Expand Oral Health Services ***NEW***

Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $156 million in funding will go to health centers across the country to expand the oral health services provided and increase the number of patients that receive care.

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 Health Disparities: Improving, But Not Enough

The annual report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that the racial health gap has narrowed, but there are still significant disparities.

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HHS Finalizes Rule to Improve Health Equity Under the Affordable Care Act 

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a final rule to reduce health disparities by prohibiting discrimination of individuals in health care.

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Research Focuses on Health Needs of Gays, Lesbians ***NEW***

This new study has explored the health disparities that affect gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. Researchers hope that this study can help inform medical professionals about the physical and psychological needs of their patients.

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Congressional Caucus Briefed on Health Disparities Among Boys and Men

A congressional briefing took place to discuss health disparities among boys and men of color or sexual minority males.

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Sisters in Health 

The Sisters in Health Study is designed to help African American women lose weight by coming together for 24 weeks to learn the knowledge, skills, and other techniques to shed pounds.

For more information, click here or email

Call for Papers: Big Data and its Application in Health Disparities Research

The journal, Ethnicity and Disease, is calling for papers on how Big Data can advance the science of health disparities. The deadline for submission is September 1, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Grantwriting Uncovered: Maximizing Strategies, Help, Opportunities, Experiences (GUMSHOE) for Mentees ***NEW***

This program links mentors who have had grantwriting success with early career mentees who wish to apply to the National Institutes of Health. Applications are being accepted for both of the fall sessions.

For more information, click here.

Abstracts due for the 9th annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation ***NEW***

The deadline for abstract submission is August 4th, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Abstracts will be required to follow a specific track, one of which is “Promoting Health Equity and Eliminating Disparities”.

For more information, click here.

Career 911: Your Future Job in Medicine and Healthcare ***NEW***

This course is designed to help recent graduates and those considering transitioning careers explore health care fields and identify strategies on how to enter a health care career.

For more information, click here.


EmPOWERED To Serve Conference ***NEW***

This event will take place on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Duke Trent Semans Health Education Center, 8 Searle Center Drive, Durham NC 27708.

For more information, click here.

Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum: Moving Towards Access and Accountability ***NEW***

This event will take place on September 29- 30, 2016 at The Seaport Boston Hotel, 1 Seaport Ln, Boston, Massachusetts 02210.

For more information, click here.

Webinar: Translational Research in Women’s Mental Health ***NEW***

Registration is now open for this webinar on July 8, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

For more information, click here.


Factors Underlying Differences in Female and Male Presentation for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Diseases and Conditions 

The open date for this grant is September 16, 2016.

For more information, click here.

The Health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations (R21) ***NEW***
This grant is designed to support research on the health of diverse populations.
For more information, click here.

Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program

Submission for this independent researcher grant opens on July 26, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Health Services Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities

The open date for submissions is July 9, 2016.

For more information, click here.

NIDDK Short-Term Research Experience Program for Underrepresented Persons 

The letter of intent is due July 9, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Clinical Research Education and Career Development (CRECD) Program (R25) ***NEW***

The deadline to apply for this grant is August 1, 2016.

For more information, click here.


Public Health Program Assistant Administrator

PA Department of Health, Harrisburg, PA.

Applications will be accepted from May 11, 2016 to August 20, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Scientific Director of its Division of Intramural Research ***NEW***

This position is with The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The review of applications will begin on July 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information, click here.

Associate Project Manager, Womens Health Project 

Population Services International, Washington DC.

The deadline to apply is July 18, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Open Rank Research Professor ***NEW***

School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park,  MD.

The deadline to apply is December 31, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Regional Dean

UT School of Public Health, Dallas, TX.

Deadline to apply is September 1, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Public Health Specialist I ***NEW***

Health Research, Inc., New Rochelle, NY.

Deadline to apply is July 12, 2016.

For more information, click here.

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