ECHO Current Weekly E-News

November 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.



November is American Diabetes Month 

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November is American Indian Heritage Month 

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California Vaccine Refusers Cluster in Rich, White Areas

Supporters of California’s anti-vaccine sentiment, tend to live in wealthier areas with a largely white population.

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Adult Obesity Still Growing in U.S., Youth Rates Hold Steady

Obesity rates continue to climb among U.S. adults, but obesity rates have stabilized for children and teens.

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1 in 6 Female College Freshmen Raped While Incapacitated ***NEW***

More than one in every six freshmen women are raped during their first year at college.

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Depressed Black Americans May Be at Risk for Heart Woes ***NEW***

Black Americans who are depressed may be at increased risk for heart disease and stroke.

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Shorter People Less Likely to Get Lung Transplants ***NEW***

Short adults are much less likely than average-height adults to get a lung transplant, and they’re more likely to die while waiting for one.

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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

Jim Clyburn, other members of Congress discuss health disparities at MUSC

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., called on South Carolina leaders to expand Medicaid eligibility at a forum Thursday at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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Racial Health Disparities Start Early in Life ***NEW***

When people begin and then continue life in poverty, with higher levels of stress, and less access to education and health care, their health itself will suffer, and that makes it difficult to improve their situation.

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Recent Report Reveals Gaps in Health Disparities ***NEW***

A report released earlier in the month showed health differences exist among Georgia counties that ,if eliminated, would prevent nearly 5,600 premature deaths every year.

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In Its Third Year, Obamacare Faces Growing Pains

Health plan premiums and penalties for remaining uninsured are on the rise.

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A Push In California To Train More Latino And Black Nurses

Samuel Merritt University is committed to reducing health disparities by recruiting more students of color.

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CDC Summer Graduate Environmental Health Internship (GEH) 

The Graduate Environmental Health program (GEH) is a paid ten week summer internship available for graduate students with majors or interests deemed to be in support of environmental health missions at NCEH/ATSDR.

For more information, click here.

UNC Interdisciplinary Certificate in Health Disparities

Students working on or applying for the UNC Interdisciplinary Certificate in Health Disparities should take notice of an alternate required course. HPM 890.007, Transliational Health Disparities: Research, Practice, and Policy, can replace MHCH 756, Understanding and Addressing Health Inequalities in the US.

Epidemiology Elective Program for Senior Medical and Veterinary Students ***NEW***

The Epidemiology Elective Program gives senior medical and veterinary students an introduction to preventive medicine, public health, and the principles of applied epidemiology.

For more information, click here.

 Occupational Health Internship Program ***NEW***

This is a national summer internship dedicated to helping students learn about the field of occupational safety and health (OSH).

Online Application Available early January 2016

Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2016

For more information, click here.

NIH Library Training – Intermediate R Stastical Analysis – Class & Webinar ***NEW***

November 30, 2015. 1p.m.-4p.m.

NIH Campus Building 10 (Clinical Center) NIH Library Training Room

10 Center Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.

For more information, click here.


 Annual Minority Health Conference Now Accepting Student Submissions 

The 37th annual Minority Health Conference, “In Solidarity: The Role of Public Health in Social Justice,” will be held on Feb. 26, 2016 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. Students are also invited to submit both traditional research and “nontraditional” practice and process abstracts for this year’s conference by Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.

For more details about submissions, click here. (PDF)

To register for this event, click here.

GRITS and CFAR CODe Present: deepsouth+ Screening and Panel Discussion for World AIDS Day 

Join GRITS for a screening of deepsouth+, a film exploring the experiences of activists and people living with HIV in the rural American South. A panel discussion with local advocates and educators about HIV in our community and globally will follow.Free movie snacks and popcorn will be provided!

Nov. 30, 2015. 5:30-7:30p.m. 1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

One Medicine Symposium to address influenza at the human-animal interface ***NEW***

Wednesday, Dec. 9–Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.
Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, Durham

For more information, click here.

The 9th Annual National Conference on Health Disparities ***NEW***

For more information, click here.

2BeatHIV Submissions ***NEW***

The project is aimed at finding new ways to do community engagement to get people interested in HIV cure research and raise awareness about the future of HIV cure.

The deadline is December 1, 2015.

For more information,click here.

To join the project, click here.


UNC-Chapel Hill, Cancer Health Disparities Training Program in Health Behavior

Applications due by January 29, 2016.

For more information, click here.

2016 Innovation Pilot Award Request for Proposal ***NEW***

The Center offers pilot funding to UNC Health Care and School of Medicine employees for healthcare innovations across a broad spectrum of areas. Applications are due January 19, 2016 and as many as four awards of up to $50,000 each will be funded.

For more information, click here.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/National Institute of Food and Agriculture: Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program 

Deadline is December 16, 2015.

For more information, click here.

National Centers on Health Promotion for People with Disabilities

Deadline is January 15, 2016.

For more information, click here.

 Support of Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) using Integrated Modeling ***NEW***

Applications are due January 18, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Research on the Epidemiology, Prevention, Vaccine Effectiveness and Treatment of Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses in South Africa

Deadline is January 15, 2016.

For more information, click here.

NCI Small Grants Program for Cancer Research ***NEW***

Deadline is February 26, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Assistant Professor
Master of Public Health Program, Missouri State University
For more information, click here.

Medical Epidemiologist

Southern Nevada Health District, Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more information, click here.

Associate or Full Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health ***NEW***

pplicants should complete the online faculty application at and submit the following documents: 1) a curriculum vitae; 2) a statement of research interests and accomplishments and plans for maintaining an independently-funded research program; and 3) a statement of teaching and mentoring experience. Review of applications will begin on December 22, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information, click here.

Research Specialist- Patient Reported Outcomes, George Washington University Cancer Institute  ***NEW***

For more information, click here.

To apply, click here.

Assistant Professor – Research Track, Emory University, Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education

Applicants should apply online through the Emory Careers website and apply by searching for the open faculty posting 56400BR. Applicants should include a letter indicating their interest, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details for three professional references.

Job posting available until Thursday, December 31, 2015.

For more information, click here.

Healthy Air Campaign Coordinator, American Lung Association in Maine ***NEW***

Please email a cover letter and resume with salary requirements to:

For more information, click here.

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