ECHO Current Weekly E-News

September 20, 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 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.


September 15- October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month! ***NEW***

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31 Million Older Americans Aren’t Getting Enough Exercise ***NEW***

Recent studies have found that over a quarter of the population over 50 is inactive. The exact percentage of inactive older adults differs by race/ethnicity, gender, and residence.

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ADHD More Often Missed in Minority Kids

Studies have shown that minority children are just as likely to show signs of ADHD, but are less likely to be diagnosed or treated.

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Minorities Less Likely to Get Clot-Clearing Stroke Drug ***NEW***

The drug tPA, can clear clots and improve stroke outcomes, but it has been found that women and racial minorities are not given the drug as often as white male patients.

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Health Insurance Status May Affect Cancer Patients’ Survival

Two studies have demonstrated that the uninsured and patients with Medicaid were more likely to have worse cancer outcomes than patients with other insurance.

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COPD Deaths Down for Most Americans: CDC ***NEW***

The overall rate of death due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has declined, but the rate has risen for black women and the middle-aged.

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Knee Surgery Rarer, but Problems More Likely, for Minority Patients

A new study has found that although minority patients are not as likely to receive knee surgeries, those who do are more likely to have complications.

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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

Alleviating Disparities in Clinical Trials ***NEW***

Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois and the Patient Advocate Foundation have partnered up to a new campaign to try to remove the stigma of clinical trials.

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NIH Establishes New Research Program to Address Health Disparities of Chronic Diseases

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) has established a new research program entitled, Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCC) for Health Disparities Research on Chronic Disease Prevention program, in order to address health disparities.

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Maternal health: Disparities in Care Quality, Access to Services a Major Concern ***NEW***

This article highlights the concerns about maternal health across the globe that was published in The Lancet.

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8 Findings on Geographic Health Disparities, Performance

The Commonwealth Fund’s 2016 Scorecard on Local Health System Performance, assessed the level of healthcare in 306 U.S. healthcare markets.

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MSU and Partners Awarded $20 Million to Address Native Health Disparities

Montana State University and partners have received this grant of $20 million to focus on health disparities in Native communities across Alaska and Montana.

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Duke Receives IBM Health Corps Award to Address Health Disparities ***NEW***

Duke Health has been awarded an IBM Health Corps award that will distribute $2.5 million total in expertise to the institutions that have received this award.

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Editorial: “Black Lives Matter: Claiming a Space for Evidence-Based Outrage in Obstetrics and Gynecology” ***NEW***

The article discusses the major issue of health care disparities for black women, especially disparities in reproductive health.

For more information, click here.

 Closing the Gap: Cultural Competency Training of Trainers Institute

This training event will take place on October 31 – November 4, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.

For more information, click here.

Request for comments on the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) Draft Guidance ***NEW***

The opportunity for public comment expires on September 30, 2016, at 11:59 PM PDT.

For more information, click here.

Cancer Disparities Research Network (CDRN) Diversity Supplements Webinar YouTube Video ***NEW***

This video provides insight into Diversity Supplements.

To watch, click here.

Call for Abstracts: Comprehensive Approaches to Healthier Communities: Integration of STD, HIV, Hepatitis, and Harm Reduction Prevention and Services 

The 13th Circle of Harmony HIV/AIDS Wellness Conference is calling for abstracts. The deadline is October 28, 2016.

For more information, click here.


National Partnership for Action Webinar on Achieving Health Equity

This webinar will take place on September 22, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

For more information and to register, click here.

The State of Black Manhood/All Black Men Matter Conference ***NEW***

This conference will focus on personal and societal issues that affect the health of Black men and boys. It will be held on October 29, 2016 in Bridgeport, CT.

For more information, click here.

Implementing Systems-Level Change for Health Equity: Recommendations and Call to Action from the 2016 HEI Summit ***NEW***

This webinar will take place on Thursday September 22, 2016 from 1-2 p.m. (EDT).

Fore more information, click here.

Looking Back and Forging Ahead: A Conversation on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care with the Family of Henrietta Lacks 

This forum will take place on September 29, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. EST in Boston, MA.

For more information, click here.

Hepatitis in Communities of Color: Strategies and Best Practices to Engage Consumers in Underserved Communities ***NEW***

This webinar is part of the webinar series, Fighting Hepatitis and HIV Co-infection in Minority Communities.

For more information, click here.


Social Epigenomics Research Focused on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R21) 

The deadline to apply for this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is November 15, 2016. Letters of Intent are due 30 days before the due date.

For more information, click here.

NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (G08) ***NEW***

This FOA will support resource grant applications focused on providing health information to health disparity populations. The letter of intent is due November 16, 2016

For more information, click here.

Engaging Youth and Young Adults from Health Disparity Populations in the HIV Treatment Cascade (R01) Research Project Grant ***NEW***

This grant will support research projects that engage youth/young adults in the HIV treatment cascade. The deadline for the Letter of Intent is November 7, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Promoting Organ and Tissue Donation Among Diverse Populations (R01) 

This grant encourages researchers to investigate barriers to organ and tissue donation. The deadline to apply for this opportunity is December 5, 2016.

For more information, click here.

NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science (R25) 

The goal of this grant is to support activities that enhance the diversity of this field. The deadline to apply for this grant is November 14, 2016.

For more information, click here.


Assistant Professor Global Health Epidemiology 

The University at Buffalo is looking for candidates for a state funded, 12-month, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.

For more information, click here.

Project Director, Epidemiology ***NEW***

This position is with Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington D.C.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Open-Rank, Tenure-Track Faculty ***NEW***

The Department of Health Behavior (HB) in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is looking for qualified candidates for Open-Rank, Tenure-Tack Faculty positions.

For more information, click here.

Open Rank Research Professor 

School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park,  MD.

The deadline to apply is December 31, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Assistant Professor Tenure Track Faculty ***NEW***

Department of Health Services Administration and Policy at Temple University.

The deadline for this application is December 19, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA, is seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow.

For more information, click here.

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