ECHO Current Weekly E-News

April 20, 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.


April is National Minority Health Awareness Month

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Racial and ethnic minority groups face disproportionate rates of smoking, health-related illnesses   ***NEW***

April is National Minority Health Month, and one of the most significant health issues minorities face is disproportionate rates of smoking and health-related illnesses.

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Uninsured May Face Much Higher Charges for Cancer Drugs    ***NEW***

Chemotherapy fees can be 43 times more than those for insured patients, study finds

Read more.


Asthma Rates Similar Among Black Children in Urban, Rural Areas: Study   ***NEW***

Finding challenges theory that living in a city boosts risk of respiratory condition

Read more.

Number of Uninsured Adults Decreasing Under Obamacare    ***NEW***

Report also suggests racial disparities in healthcare improving under new law

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Education Doesn’t Guarantee Happiness   

Mental well-being similar across socioeconomic levels, study finds

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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

A Legacy of Care   ***NEW***

In the late 1960s, when Frederick Burroughs, MD, opened his practice in Southeast Raleigh, he was the first Board Eligible African-American pediatrician in Wake County. It’s a distinction he’s proud of, but it doesn’t come close to defining his career in medicine.

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 UNC gets $6.6M to test HIV drug    ***NEW***

Durham-based Argos Therapeutics and UNC-Chapel Hill are embarking on a quest that has eluded medical science since the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. The university on Wednesday was awarded $6.6 million in federal research grants to test experimental medications designed to eradicate the HIV virus that causes AIDS.

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UNC-TV: Cancer: Focus On Life     ***NEW***

In this original UNC-TV production, meet North Carolinians taking on one of the world’s deadliest diseases through research, treatment and perseverance. Cancer is the leading cause of death in North Carolina, but in this special edition of Focus On, we talk about cancer with a focus on life. You will learn about some of the phenomenal progress on cancer research, prevention, and treatment taking place right here in North Carolina and meet courageous individuals who are finding ways to experience life to the full as they battle cancer in their own lives. Join us for this panel discussion taped before a live audience as we seek to better understand Cancer: Focus On Life.

To view video, click here.

Minority Health Month: Making Progress on Health Disparities    ***NEW***

Half a century ago, our nation was in the midst of a Civil Rights revolution. Over these last few years, we’ve reached several milestones: the 50 th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Dr. King’s transformative “I Have a Dream” speech, and the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.

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Now Is the Time to Answer the Call    ***NEW***

Over the past 30 years, the influence of the Heckler Report has advanced our nation’s progress toward health equity through new techniques in data collection; dedicated institutes, centers, offices, and commissions of minority health across the country; innovative community-level interventions and transformative legislative measures.  These advances reflect the vision of former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Margaret M. Heckler who, in 1985, determined that we must act swiftly to address the excess deaths among racial and ethnic minorities and the health inequity that plagued our country.  In her words, health disparities were “an affront both to our ideals and to the ongoing genius of American medicine.”

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Angelina Jolie says the Decision to Deal with Her Cancer Was Simple. Mine is Not   

In fact, there are many things about Jolie’s decision that are not so straightforward for me. Jolie and Pitt have six children, including three biological children. I have no children, and am single. Electing to remove my own ovaries and fallopian tubes will mean that I will never be able to have biological children.

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Racial Equity Workshop – UNC-Chapel Hill   ***NEW***

The national Net Impact organization has selected Kenan-Flagler to be a pilot site for programming intended to increase awareness and meaningful dialogue about racial (in)equity within our society. This workshop will be led by the Racial Equity Institute, in collaboration with the Center for Sustainable Enterprise, the Alliance of Minority Business Students and both the graduate and undergraduate Net Impact Clubs. Lunch is provided, and student participation is encouraged.

Details: Friday, April 24, 2015 | 12:00 PM -5:00 PM | McColl Room 2000

More information, click here.


Holy Cross Health: Health fair. Minority Health Awareness Month Lunch & Learn ***NEW***

This free event will feature health exhibitors and lectures on cancer prevention and infant mortality. April 29, 2015, 10:00 am ET in Germantown, MD

More information, click here.

2015 Spring Seminar Series on Engaged Scholarship   ***NEW***

This series will consist of one and a half-hour sessions to promote community engagement and engaged scholarship being done at UNC-CH.

Date: Friday, May 08, 2015
Time: 8:45 AM – 10:30 AM

Location: UNC Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Room

More information, click here.

HHS/CDC and Prevent Blindness: Campaign. Tips from Former Smokers (Tips)  

This campaign helps educate the public on the negative impact that smoking may have on vision.

To learn more, click here.

Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS): Workshop. Catapult Your Research Career Using Public Data Sets.   

This workshop will help scholars interested in Hispanic health research strengthen their skills and knowledge to perform analytical studies of public health datasets to better contribute to Hispanic and other underserved populations.

Date: June 28-30, 2015

Location: Bethesda, MD.

More information, click here.


Johns Hopkins University/Bloomberg School of Public Health: Continuing education. 33rd Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.   

Date: June 15-July 3, 2015

Location: Baltimore, MD.

More information, click here.

Snap to Health by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress is a report that examines the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP).   

This report, subtitled, A Fresh Approach to Strengthening the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aims to influence policy makers to promote good health and nutrition among the participants.

To search online catalog, click here.

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

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

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.

-April 22: Planning Evaluation of Cancer Education

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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.


University of Washington/School of Public Health, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice: Webinar. Community Health Workers: Public Health and Health Care Collaborating for Health Equity   ***NEW***

April 21, 2015, 12:00 pm ET.

More information, click here.

HHS/The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Let’s Move Faith and Communities: Webinar. Promoting Community Health and Safety with the Medical Reserve Corps   ***NEW***

April 23, 2015, 12:30 pm ET.

More information, click here.


HHS/OMH, OMHRC, in collaboration with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF): PPE Webinar. Promoting Healthy and Safe Relationships – Addressing and Preventing Dating Violence, Sexual Violence on College Campuses.   ***NEW***

This webinar will equip Peer Health Educators (PPE) with a background on intimate partner and sexual violence (IPV) and healthy relationships, as well as tools and resources that they can use to start conversations with students around these issues.

April 30, 2015, 3:00 pm ET.

More information, click here.


White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP): Forum. National HIV/AIDS Strategy Regional Forum – Reducing New HIV Infections   

Date: April 22, 2015

Time: 10:00 am PT

Location: Los Angeles, CA

More information, click here.

Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC): Registration now open for the 21st National Conference on African Refugees and Immigrants, Pathways to Security, Integration and Empowerment.  

Date: April 28-May 1, 2015

Location: Arlington, VA.

More information, click here.


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

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.


Application Deadline: Postdoctoral Awards for Research Excellence   ***NEW***

The application deadline date is Friday, May 29, 2015.

More information, click here.

Duke Endowment health care grants  ***NEW***

The Duke Endowment seeks to make health care grants that help efforts that aim to expand prevention and early intervention, that improve the quality and safety of services, or that aim to increase care access.

Application deadlines are June 15 and December 15, 2015.

More information, click here.


HHS/OASH, OMH: National Workforce Diversity Pipeline Program   

Deadline is May 18, 2015.

More information, click here.

HHS/OASH, OMH: State Partnership Initiative to Address Health Disparities Grant   

Deadline is May 24, 2015

More information, click here.

Office of Minority Health (OMH) FY 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcements   

OMH at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) administers grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. OMH currently has four funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for which applications are being accepted:
• HHS/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), OMH: National Health Education Program on Lupus Grant. Deadline is May 18, 2015. Learn more.
• HHS/OASH, OMH: National Workforce Diversity Pipeline Program. Deadline is May 18, 2015. Learn more.
• HHS/OASH, OMH: Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities (PICC) II Initiative Grant. Deadline is May 22, 2015. Learn more.
• HHS/OASH, OMH: State Partnership Initiative to Address Health Disparities Grant. Deadline is May 24, 2015. Learn more.

Federal Grants
• HHS/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Capacity Building Initiative for Substance Abuse (SA) and HIV Prevention Services for At-Risk Racial/Ethnic Minority Youth and Young Adults (HIV-CBI). Deadline is April 23, 2015. Learn more.
• HHS/Administration for Community Living (ACL), Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD): The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC). Funds will be awarded to support a national PRC that will improve the health and quality of life of individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers. Deadline is April 27, 2015. Learn more.
• HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Prevention. Deadline is April 27, 2015. Learn more.
• HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Capacity Development Grants. Deadline is April 27, 2015. Learn more.
• HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Development and Translation of Medical Technologies to Reduce Health Disparities (SBIR) (R43/44). Deadline is April 28, 2015. Learn more.
• Corporation for National and Community Service: AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants. Provides funding to help implement community-based healthcare projects. Deadline is April 29, 2015. Learn 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.


New Hampshire Health & Equity Partnership/Foundation for Healthy Communities is recruiting for a Program Director position in Concord, NH.  

Deadline is May 1, 2015

More information, click here.

Towson University/College of Health Professions, Department of Health Science is recruiting for a tenure-track Assistant Professor (CHP-N-2809) in Towson, MD     

Deadline: Open until filled

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   

More information, click here.

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

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