ECHO Current Weekly E-News

February 14, 2017

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.


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

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Rates of Early Deaths Rise for Whites, Drop for Blacks

Researchers have found that rates of early death have increased for whites and American Indians/Alaska Natives, but has decreased for blacks, Hispanics and Asian/Pacific Islanders.

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Air Pollution May Raise Risk of Type 2 Diabetes ***NEW***

A new study has found that exposure to high levels of air pollution may increase some Hispanic children’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Risk of Death Due to Birth Defects Higher If Baby Covered by Medicaid

Th odds of death due to severe birth defects is higher if that baby is covered by Medicaid compared to private insurance.

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Non-English Speakers Less Likely to Be on Kidney Transplant List ***NEW***

A new study suggests that those who don’t speak English may be less likely to complete the kidney transplant evaluation necessary to be placed on a waiting list for a kidney.

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Black Americans Still Undertreated for HIV ***NEW***

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that blacks in America are still receiving less medical care and later treatment and diagnosis for HIV/AIDS.

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Language Barrier May Keep Some Hispanics From Good Diabetes Care

Hispanic-Americans living with type-2 diabetes may receive poorer care if they lack proficiency in English.

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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

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes Screening Between Asian Americans and Other Adults ***NEW***

Asian Americans are at a high risk of developing diabetes, but were the least likely racial and ethnic group to receive the recommended screening.

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Better Diabetes Care Can Decrease Kidney Failure

The CDC has found that diabetes-related kidney failure has decreased rapidly among Native Americans and the team-based and population models can also be used for other groups.

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Appointment of Dr. David R. Wilson as Director of the Tribal Health Research Office ***NEW***

David R. Wilson, Ph.D. was appointed as Director of the Tribal Health Research Office of the NIH on January 22, 2017 and will begin his job on February 13, 2017.

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The Health Haves and Have Nots 

The Fred Hutch news has released a report on new study of county-by-county cancer deaths, which highlights significant health disparities across the nation.

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EPA Faults N.C. Over Health of Minority Communities Near Hog Farms 

The EPA says the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has not done enough to reduce the problems that these facilities cause in surrounding communities.


PEPH Webinar: Windows of Susceptibility ***NEW***
This webinar will take place on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm (EST).

For more information and to register, click here.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) 

This is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. The early admission deadline is February 1, 2017.

For more information, click here.

U-VDC Technical Grant Writing Workshop ***NEW***

This two day workshop will take place on March 23-24, 2017 at Morgan State University in Baltimore, M.D.

For more information, click here.

2016 Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Award 

This award is sponsored by the Association of Black Cardiologists. Outstanding abstracts will be selected for presentation at ABC’s Annual Fellows Program. The deadline to submit an abstract is February 10, 2017.

For more information, click here.

Equity and Inclusion: Cultural Competency Training of Trainers Institute

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.


Annual Cancer Health Disparities Symposium

This is full-day symposium for researchers and scholars to disseminate novel research findings, facilitate professional development and generate new research collaborations in cancer health disparities research. This event will take place March 16-17, 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina. The Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) is also offering Region 1-South North Carolina Travel Awards! Please click here for more information about the awards.

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Women’s Health Awareness Day 2017, Transforming Communities by Enhancing Women’s Health 

This event will be held at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina on Saturday, April 8th, 2017.

For more information, click here.

Advisory Committee on Minority Health Meeting 

The Advisory Committee on Minority Health advises the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health on ways to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations, and on the development of goals and program activities within the Office of Minority Health.

For more information, click here.

Gender in the Global Research Landscape Report Symposium ***NEW***
This Symposium will be held on March 31st in Washington, DC and is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

For more information and to register, click here.

8th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit ***NEW***

NIHB 2017 National Tribal Public Health Summit: Together We Rise: Sustaining Tribal Public Health as a National Priority, will be taking place June 6-8, 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska. The deadline to submit abstracts is March 17, 2017.

For more information, click here.

13th Circle of Harmony HIV/AIDS Wellness Conference

This conference will take place April 19-21, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM.

For more information, click here.


Mechanisms of Disparities in Chronic Liver Diseases and Cancer (R21) ***NEW***

This FOA supports multidisciplinary innovative exploratory and developmental research to understand the underlying etiologic factors and the mechanisms that result in disparities in chronic liver diseases and cancer in the US. The next application deadline is May 22, 2017.

For more information, click here. 

Minority Youth Violence Prevention II (MYVP II): Integrating Social Determinants of Health and Community Policing Approaches

The deadline to apply for this funding opportunity is April 4, 2017. A technical assistance webinar will be held on February 23, 2017.

For more information, click here.

 Partnerships to Achieve Health Equity 

The deadline to apply for this funding opportunity is March 31, 2017. There will be a technical assistance webinar on February 22, 2017.

For more information, click here.

Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship in Health Policy Program ***NEW***

This program provides stipends for students to conduct research on some aspect of health care delivery transformation for vulnerable populations and/or early childhood health and development. Applications are due on April 9, 2017.

For more information, click here.

National Lupus Outreach and Clinical Trial Education Program (Lupus Program) ***NEW***

The Lupus Program seeks to reduce lupus related health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations disproportionately affected by this disease. Applications are due March 31, 2017.

For more information, click here.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program 

The program provides funding and leadership training to clinically active providers to help leverage their ideas to improve health outcomes in communities across the country.

For more information, click here.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Leadership for Better Health Programs 

These programs are for doctoral students, researchers, and community members. Applications are due March 8, 2017 at 3pm EST.

For more information, click here.


MPH Lecturer

The Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a 50% time lecturer position to teach the practicum course required for MPH students.

For more information, click here.

Dean, School of Public Health 

Brown University invites innovative, experienced, and highly collaborative leaders to apply for the position of Dean of the School of Public Health.

For more information, click here.

Associate Professor (T/TE) Cancer Epidemiology

The University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health in Phoenix, Arizona is seeking a dynamic, mid-career cancer epidemiologist to advance their nationally recognized efforts in cancer prevention and control.

For more information, click here.

Health Systems and Economics Intern ***NEW***

This is a paid summer internship position with the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II). The application for this program in due on February 20, 2017.

For more information, click here.

Associate or Full Professor ***NEW***

The Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (GSPHHP) at the City University of New York, is seeking an associate or full professor in a variety of public health fields.

For more information, click here.

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