ECHO Current Weekly E-News

February 8, 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 email Bethany Cole at Please forward your announcements by noon on Wednesdays. Announcements are sent out before COB on Mondays.




Stress-Prone Teen Males May Be at Risk of High Blood Pressure Later ***NEW***

A new study suggests that young men who are easily stressed have a greater risk of high blood pressure later in life.

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Schools Must Do More to Combat Obesity Among Hispanic Kids

Many schools that serve mainly Hispanic students lack exercise and healthy nutrition.

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Less Than Half of U.S. Babies Receive Flu Vaccine ***NEW***

Health officials have reported that only 4 out of every 10 babies between 6 months and 23 months are receiving the flu vaccine.

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Black Americans With HIV Still Less Likely to Get Ongoing Medical Care ***NEW***

According to the CDC, black people diagnosed with HIV are less likely than white or Hispanic people to receive routine care.

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Sleepless Nights Might Raise Women’s Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Researchers report that women who have trouble sleeping have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Mental Disorders Increasing for Younger Smokers

The rates of mental illness among young smokers is rising, although the amount of smokers in the U.S. is decreasing.

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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

Initiative Aims to Decrease Health Care Disparities for LGBTQ Youth ***NEW***

Michigan Forward in Enhancing Research and Community Equity will launch the Health Access Initiative, a free quality-improvement program aimed at providing better care for LGBTQ youth.

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Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Spotlights Health Disparities ***NEW***

The Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day focused on the higher rate of HIV infections in the African American community.

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CMS Helps Hospitals Lower Medicare Minority Readmissions 

Minority patients with certain chronic diseases are more likely to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge than their white counterparts.

Bonta to Address Education, Health Disparities in Asian Pacific Islander Community ***NEW***

Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced legislation to uncover disparities within California’s diverse Asian Pacific Islander (API) population in California.

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Competition Vs. Quality Of Care In Health Care Dispute

There has been a large dispute of the delivery and quantity of cancer care in many Connecticut hospitals.

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NCI Grants to Bolster UNC Lineberger’s Work to Address Cancer Disparities

A three-year grant of $339,909 will go to supporting a collaboration between UNC Lineberger and the Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center to address cancer disparities and incidence in the Carolina’s and Tennessee.

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Sisters in Health: A Weight Loss Study for African American Women

The Sisters in Health Study (IRB#15-0484)is open for recruitment! This is a 6-month, no cost, program designed to help African American women lose weight through lifestyle change of dietary and physical activity behaviors.

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February is Black History Month ***NEW***

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Resolve to eat healthier in 2016

A resource containing tips on how to eat at be healthier.

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Abstract Submissions Now Open for Add Health Users Conference

The deadline to submit is February 29, 2016,

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The Program to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Cardiovascular Health-Related Research (PRIDE-CVD)***NEW***

Deadline for applications is March 1, 2016.

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2016 Minority Health Conference

The deadline to register is February 12th.

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Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE): Building Capital: Investing in the Future of Health Education,  ***NEW***

March 30-April 1, 2016 in Charlotte, NC.

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2016 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference

Deadline is February 19, 2016.

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Opening Doors Workshop to Promote Institutional Inclusion ***NEW***
Spring session: March 2-4
Summer session: June 15-17
Fall session: November 2-4

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Implementing Systems-Level Change for Health Equity: A Partnership Summit

CAI Meeting and Event Center
505 Eighth Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY.
February 25-26, 2016. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

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AcademyHealth Disparities Panel ***NEW***

Three UNC researchers working in different areas of health disparities research will present short lectures on past or current disparities research followed by a panel discussion about challenges in their research.
February 15, 2016. 01:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
McGavern-Greenberg 1301, UNC-Chapel Hill


BCBST diversity scholarship application

The scholarship is for minority students pursuing a degree in the field of health care in Tennessee.

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Increasing Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Rural Primary Care Practices ***NEW***

HHS/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Deadline is March 4, 2016.

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Governance Risk and Compliance Summer Internship 2016

Deadline is February 26, 2016.

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Administrative Supplements for Research on Sex/Gender Differences ***NEW***

Deadline is March 4, 2016.

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Director and Assistant/Associate Professor of Public Health ***NEW***

Ohio Northern University

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Epidemiologist ***NEW***

Michigan’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP)

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Faculty Position in Global Health 

University of Cincinnati, Environmental Health

Deadline is August 1, 2016

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Environmental Health Epidemiologist 

Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Services.

Deadline is February 10, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Public Health Analyst ***NEW***

Obsidian Analysis, Inc.

Washington DC.

For more information, click here.

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