ECHO Current Weekly E-News

October 28, 2014

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.


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For more information, click here.


Type 1 Diabetes Increasing Among White American Kids    ***NEW***

The rate of type 1 diabetes has increased substantially among elementary school-age white children in the United States, a new study shows.

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Black Women Fare Worse With Fertility Treatments, Study Says    ***NEW***

Success Rates For In Vitro Fertilization Were Half Those of White Women

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Race Doesn’t Affect Obesity’s Toll on Health    ***NEW***

Obese blacks were no more or less likely to die early than were obese whites, research shows

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Gene May Help Shield Hispanic Women From Breast Cancer, Study Says   ***NEW***

About one-fifth of Hispanic women have a genetic variation that offers significant protection against breast cancer risk, according to a new study.

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Research Highlights Influence of Neighborhoods on Older Mexican-American Men’s Problem Drinking   ***NEW***

Researchers find older Mexican-American men are less likely to engage in problem drinking as residents of neighborhoods with a higher proportion of Mexican-Americans

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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

NIH-Funded Project at UNC to See If Texts, Games and Web Portals Can Increase HPV Vaccination    ***NEW***

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and also causes various forms of cancer. Yet most HPV-associated cancers could be prevented with a vaccine that’s been available since 2006.

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Brief Provides Update on LGBT Coverage and Health as More States Recognize Same-Sex Marriage    ***NEW***

An updated issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation gives a detailed profile of health concerns for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, offers the latest demographic data, and discusses the impact of recent changes in state and federal policies on health coverage, including the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage. As of this month, same-sex marriage is recognized in 32 states and the District of Columbia.

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Health Disparities Conference Targets Vulnerable Populations     ***NEW***

About 80 health professionals from across the nation gathered on St. Thomas for the Seventh Annual Health Disparities Institute to discuss vulnerable populations that do not get sufficient access to health care.

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Equity of Care: Hospitals Tackle Health Disparities    ***NEW***

This infographic from the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence details findings from their 2013 Diversity and Disparities Survey. The survey highlights both the advancements and additional work needed in eliminating healthcare disparities.

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Sherdinia Thompson-Dunn: Walking to Better Health After Breast Cancer    

Leading an active life can help women treated for breast cancer live longer and healthier lives. Just ask Sherdinia Thompson-Dunn, a ’67 graduate of UNC who found some pleasant surprises when she began a self-directed walking program following treatment for breast cancer.

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HHS/NIH, Center for Scientific Review (CSR): Webinar. Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review for R01 Grant Applicants​    ***NEW***

CSR designed these webinars to give new NIH grant applicants and others useful insights into the submission and review processes.

Date: November 10, 2014

Time: 2:00 pm ET

More information, click here.

Population Health Scholarship Program   

The Population Health Scholarship Program is designed to bring emerging community health leaders to Washington for a week-long policy bootcamp, including participation in the 2015 National Health Policy Conference (NHPC), meetings with policymakers and community health stakeholders, and networking events with key advisors from AcademyHealth’s Translation and Dissemination Institute and the Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy (CAPP).

More information, click here.

Johns Hopkins University/Center for American Indian Health (CAIH): Scholarship for Winter Institute 2015   

Deadline is November 1, 2014

Institute courses are designed to introduce indigenous health leaders to public health approaches to address health disparities in tribal communities.

More information, click here.

Health Care Equity and Organizational Change: Training for a Purpose Webinar

This HPOE webinar, held with the Institute for Diversity, highlights Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), which was recognized as a finalist for the AHA’s inaugural Equity of Care Award for innovative and strategic methods for providing training to employees on issues of health care equity and culturally-appropriate care.

Date: October 29, 2014
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

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Cancer and Older Adults: Care and Treatment    ***NEW***

Learn about cancer, aging and resilience from UNC cancer care experts at this free, public event.

Date:  November 14, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM to 05:00 PM

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

Contact Phone
(919) 966-7834

More information, click here.


American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)/Minorities in Cancer Research Council: Registration now open for The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved   ***NEW***

Date: November 9- 12, 2014

Location: San Antonio, TX

More information, click here.


Racism and Mental Health: A Study of African American College Students During the Transition to Young Adulthood

Dr. Enrique Neblett
Associate Professor of Psychology

Date: November 6, 2014
Time: 3:30-5:00pm
Place: Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library

Sponsored by the Institute of African American Research


UNC ECHO Fall 2014 Seminar Series     

ECHO_Wheeler_Stephanie Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH 

Assistant Professor
Health Policy and Management, UNC



“Disparities in Breast Cancer Care Quality and Outcomes”

Date:   Friday, November 14, 2014
Time:  1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Place:  Rosenau Hall, Room 101
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Interactive Theatre Carolina is presenting a performance and facilitated discussion about media literacy and body image issues across genders and races.    


How immune are we to the ads that surround us?
Interactive Theatre Carolina Presents
What Are You Looking At?
An Interactive Performance & Discussion About
Body Image, Gender, Race, & Media Literacy

Date: November 3-5, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: UNC School of Social Work Auditorium
(Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building 325 Pittsboro Street)
Free Admission, Giveaways


HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH): Research Project Grant (R01). Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy     ***NEW***

Deadline is November 5, 2014

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HHS/NIH, Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH): Physician Scientist Award (K12). Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health     ***NEW***

Deadline for letters of intent is December 5, 2014.

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American Heart Association and Macy’s: Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund   

Deadline is December 31, 2014

This is a tuition-focused scholarship for minority women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in healthcare fields.

More information, click here.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF): Epidemiology Grants. This grant supports hypothesis-driven research that focuses on the epidemiology, early detection, and prevention of childhood cancer    

Deadline is December 15, 2014

More information, click here.

HHS/Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA): Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program  

Deadline is November 14, 2014

More information, click here.


Morehouse College Project Imhotep_An Undergraduate Training Program in Public Health 2015    ***NEW***

Project Imhotep is an eleven-week summer internship designed to increase the knowledge and skills of student trainees in bio-statistics, epidemiology, and occupational safety and health. The program begins with two weeks of intense educational training. During the following eight weeks, interns conduct public health research with experts at community based organizations, state, and federal public health agencies.

All application materials must be submitted and/or postmarked by January 31, 2015

For Application, click  here.

More information, click here.


National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF): Medical Student Leadership and Mentoring Program    ***NEW***

Deadline is November 21, 2014

This program offers an opportunity to work one-on-one with a Physician Mentor and gain knowledge around the challenges and transformation of health care for Hispanics and other underserved populations.

More information, click here.

HHS/National Health Service Corps (NHSC): Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP)   

Provides funds to final year medical students in return for a commitment to provide primary health care for at least 3 years at an approved Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need.

Deadline is November 13, 2014.

More information, click here.

HHS/NIH, Division of Loan Repayment: Loan Repayment Programs (LRP)   

Repays the student loans of doctoral level, biomedical or behavioral scientists conducting research funded by nonprofit institutions.

Deadline is November 17, 2014.

More information, click here.

The White House: Summer 2015 White House Internship Program    

Deadline is January 11, 2015

This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President and engage them in public service opportunities.

More information, click here.


Many Cultures, One Goal: Better Health