ECHO Current Weekly E-News

March 23, 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.


March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

For more information, click here.


Age-Related Discrimination Can Add to Health-Care Woes    ***NEW***

Experiencing discrimination in the health-care system isn’t just distressing for older Americans. It can literally be bad for their health.

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UNC Lineberger Researchers to Study Prostate Cancer Treatment Side Effects, Survival Outcomes  ***NEW***

The use of robot-assisted surgery and modern radiation techniques have been rapidly adopted as treatments for prostate cancer, but a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher is asking what the newer technologies will mean in terms of side effects and outcomes for patients in the long-term.

Read more.

Repeated Exposure of Children to Secondhand Smoke is Child Abuse, Goldstein argues  ***NEW***

“Purposeful and recurrent exposure of children to secondhand smoke by a parent is as abusive as many other commonly accepted physical and emotional traumas of children, like drunk driving or leaving children in a hot car unattended,” says Dr. Goldstein, who is director of the UNC School of Medicine’s Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program (TPEP) and its Nicotine Dependence Program (NDP). “We have cared for too many children hospitalized with asthma and pneumonia, caused in large part to their repeated exposure to secondhand smoke.”

Read more.

Babies Who Breastfeed Have Higher IQs and Get Paid More as Adults   ***NEW***

A new study from Brazil, published in The Lancet, found that breastfed babies were more likely to have higher IQs, spend more time in school, and end up in higher-paying jobs.

Read more.


Cancer Support Program Opens Survey for Parents with Advanced Cancer   

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP) is now recruiting patients for a new online survey-based research study on the experiences of parents living with advanced cancer.

Read more.

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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

Bullying in a Least Expected Place   ***NEW***

After completing her nursing degree, Lynn went to work as a registered nurse in the emergency department at a suburban hospital in North Carolina. For the next two years, she was abused, intimidated, openly berated, and humiliated by staff nurses with more seniority and the nurse manager.

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ABC11 WTVD: Study Co-led By UNC Cancer Center Researcher Uncovers Links To HPV ***NEW***

A study co-led by an UNC Cancer Center researcher has uncovered some new findings that could revolutionize the way cancer is treated.

Read more.


Balancing Act: Calculating Adjuvant Treatment Risks in Older Women With Breast Cancer  ***NEW***

The first thing that Hyman B. Muss, MD, considers before he designs an adjuvant treatment strategy for an older patient isn’t tumor biology or metastases or anything else about her breast cancer.Instead, he starts his deliberations by considering how long she’d be likely to live if her cancer magically disappeared.

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HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and hepatitis affect American Indian and Alaska Native communities in disproportionate numbers   ***NEW***

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center, along with the Indian Health Service (IHS) and Kat Communications adapted the Circle of Life (COL), a middle school HIV curriculum, to a multimedia online format, with several internet-based training modules to address the basics of HIV and how to make better decisions for a healthy life.

Read more.

My Brother’s Keeper is the White House initiative announced by President Barack Obama a year ago, calling on all of us help close gaps in opportunity faced by too many young people, and boys and young men of color in particular.   

The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force recently released a one-year progress report on the initiative and reports on the progress made during the first year.

Since September 2014, nearly 200 mayors, tribal leaders and county executives across 43 states and the District of Columbia have accepted the MBK Community Challenge and are partnering with more than 2,000 community-based allies.

Read more about community involvement and other MBK efforts in the one-year progress report,

click here.


Institute of Medicine (IOM)/Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Office of Minority Health: Workshop.  ***NEW***

Strategies for Ensuring Diversity, Inclusion, and Meaningful Participation in Clinical Trials.

Date: April 9, 2015

Location: Washington, DC

More information, click here.

Haven’t visited in a while? The site offers a wealth of resources for building cultural competency in your organization:   ***NEW***

A Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care, an e-learning program accredited for physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners
Culturally Competent Nursing Care: A Cornerstone of Caring, an e-learning program accredited for nurses and social workers
A Patient-Centered Guide for Implementing Language Access Services, an e-resource to help health care organizations meet the communication needs of patients with limited English proficiency

Connect Education Workshops: March 25- Advances in the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer 

One-hour educational workshops on cancer-related topics, free of charge. Pre-registration is required to secure your place on the call.

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American Association for Cancer Education Webinar Series  

AACE launches a new webinar series. The first two webinars will be freely available to all interested cancer education professionals.

-March 31: Cancer, Culture, and Literacy: Innovative Approaches for Advancing Cancer Communications and Research.
-April 22: Planning Evaluation of Cancer Education

Read more.

Adventist HealthCare/Center for Health Equity and Wellness: Training. Qualified Bilingual Staff (QBS) Program  

The QBS Program is designed to provide bilingual healthcare workers the skill set necessary to interpret in a hospital/clinical setting. To register, please contact QBS Program Coordinator, Ayesha Anwar.

Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), in collaboration with the CDC and CityMatCH: Training. Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology   

Date:  June 1-5, 2015

Location:  Baltimore, MD

More information, click here.


UNC ECHO Seminar Series:   ***NEW***

Cancer, Coping and Community Coaches: A Train-the-Trainer Model for Building a Peer Support Program

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Marlyn Allicock, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Texas, School of Public Health

Date:   Friday, April 10, 2015
Time:  1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Place:  Rosenau Hall, Room 101
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Addressing Equity at the Intersection of Health & Employment   ***NEW***

Date: March 26, 2015

Time: 1200 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Fox Auditorium, Carrington Hall, School of Nursing

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PANEL DISCUSSION: “Health Activism in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement” ***NEW***
Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium, 0001 Michael Hooker Research Center, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Wednesday, April 1st 6:00-7:30pm

Black Lives Matter Movement  ***NEW***
OPEN MIC NIGHT: A showcase of spoken word and song
Sonja H. Stone Center  Hitchcock Multipurpose Room

Thursday, April 2nd 7:00-9:00pm

Implicit Bias Community Series   

The session will be interactive and reflective to help participants understand the impact and manifestation of implicit bias on decision-making. Payne is part of a small community of academic scholars from around the world who are associated with Project Implicit – a multi university research collaboration to study implicit bias. The Payne lab studies social cognition—thinking and feeling about people and socially important issues. They are especially interested in the unintended and the unconscious.

Session I: Overview of and Evidence for Implicit Bias – Dr. Keith Payne, Department of Sociology, UNC
Thursday March 19, 7-8:30 PM, Rogers Road Community Center, 101 Edgar Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Session II: Initiatives to Interrupt Implicit Bias
Tuesday, April 21st, 7-8:30 PM, Rogers Road Community Center, 101 Edgar Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Multidisciplinary Equity Research Collaborative in Health: Addressing Equity at the Intersection of Health & Employment 
Presenter: Dr. Shawn Kneipp

Date: March 26, 2015

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Location: Fox Auditorium, Carrington Hall

More information, click here.

Explore the history of the American civil rights movement with a guided tour of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum’s permanent exhibition, The Battlegrounds

This engaging encounter, introduced with a captivating audio/video narrative, includes a journey through time via pictorials, artifacts, video reenactments, and interactive components.

More information, click here.

2015 UNC Cancer Survivor’s Day   

Date: June 6, 2015

Time: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Location: William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
100 Friday Center Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Join us on Saturday, June 6 at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC for a very special celebration of life. The event is free and open to cancer survivors and their caregivers.

More information, click here.

Duke Health Disparities Research Colloquium   

Racial and ethnic minorities experience higher rates of disease, disability, and death than do their white counterparts. With the growing racial and ethnic diversity of the population, addressing disparities in health has become a national priority.

Date:  April 17, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Searle Center

(lunch included)

More information, click here.


AHRQ Small Research Grant Program (R03)   ***NEW***

AHRQ supports research, evaluations, and demonstration projects concerning the delivery of health care in inner-city and rural areas (including frontier areas), and health care for priority populations.

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The Office of Minority Health (OMH) administers grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities   ***NEW***

OMH currently has four funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for which applications are being accepted.

Read more.

American Cancer Society (ACS): The Role of Health Policy and Health Insurance in Improving Access to and Performance of Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment Services  

The ACS requests proposals designed to stimulate research that will generate new knowledge of the effects of the US healthcare system and the role of insurance on both access to and outcomes with respect to cancer screening, early detection, and treatment services. Deadline is April 1, 2015.

Read more.

Exploratory/Developmental Grants Program for Basic Cancer Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R21)    

Deadline: June 17, 2015; November 17, 2015; June 17, 2016; November 17, 2016; June 19, 2017; November 17, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

More information, click here.

Basic Cancer Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R01)   

June 17, 2015; November 17, 2015; June 17, 2016; November 17, 2016; June 19, 2017; November 17, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

More information, click here.

Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (CPACHE) (U54) 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites cooperative agreement (U54) applications for the implementation of Comprehensive Partnerships between institutions serving underserved health disparity populations and underrepresented students (ISUPS) and NCI-designated Cancer Centers (CC).

Deadline: April 1, 2015

More information, click here.

HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH): Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease prevention in Native American Populations (R01)   

Deadline for letters of intent is April 12, 2015

More information, click here.


East Carolina University/Brody School of Medicine is recruiting for an Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion (#002260) position in Greenville, NC. Open until filled   ***NEW***

More information, click here.

Executive Director position at Sunnyside Ministry, a crisis assistance ministry of the Moravian Church here in Winston-Salem  ***NEW***

More information, click here.

Leader, Population Health and Health Disparities Research Position at Duke University  

Seeking a clinical and translational population health and health disparities scientist to help lead a program that will position Duke as the leading institution in studies to improve chronic disease management and eliminate health disparities.

More information, click here.


Many Cultures, One Goal: Better Health