ECHO Current Weekly E-News

September 29, 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.


September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

For more information, click here.


Nearly 5 Percent of Young U.S. Women Have Chlamydia: CDC   ***NEW***

Infection rates were highest among black women aged 14 to 24 — at 13.5 percent. Among Mexican-American women, the rate of infection was 4.5 percent. And among white women, it was 1.8 percent, according to the study.

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U.S. Still Lags in Infant Mortality Rates, Report Finds     ***NEW***

Preemies, deaths among full-term babies contribute to higher rate compared to 25 other countries

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Half of HIV-Positive Gay Men in U.S. Aren’t Getting Proper Treatment   ***NEW***

CDC report recommends greater effort to boost HIV testing and retain patients in care

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Minority Neighborhoods Face Greater Exposure to Air Pollution  
Researchers tracked areas in 6 states to find Hispanic communities get highest exposure.

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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

HHS announces $99 million in new grants to improve mental health services for young people  ***NEW***

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today $99 million to train new mental health providers, help teachers and others recognize mental health issues in youth and connect them to help, and increase access to mental health services for young people. These funds were included in the President and Vice President’s Now Is the Time plan to reduce gun violence by keeping guns out of dangerous hands, increasing access to mental health services, and making schools safer.

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Many gay, bisexual men complacent about HIV testing     ***NEW***

Gay and bisexual men say HIV is the No. 1 health issue facing their community, but just 30 percent say they were tested for the virus within the last year as recommended. Another 30 percent say they have never been tested, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Improvements in NICU Nursing Care Could Boost Health Outcomes For Underweight Black Infants  ***NEW***

The health outcomes and quality of care for underweight black infants could greatly improve with more nurses on staff at hospitals with higher concentrations of black patients, according to a new study co-led by a Rutgers researcher.

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Medtronic, United Way Team Up to Reduce Health Disparities   

The Greater Twin Cities United Way and Medtronic Philanthropy recently announced a joint-initiative aimed at improving engagement with community leaders and organizations to build a coalition aimed at reducing healthcare disparities.

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Healing Health Care Disparities through Education: An Interdisciplinary Faculty Development Program   ***NEW***

Date: October 17-18, 2014

Location: Boston, MA.

Sponsored by Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Medicine: Continuing education and professional development.

For more information, click here.

Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR)   

Deadline: Oct 6, 2014

The NC TraCS Institute is announcing a new NIH course available for remote viewing from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. The Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) is aimed at health professionals planning a career in clinical research. Lectures occur twice weekly and will run from October 14, 2014 to March 9, 2015.

For more information, click here.

University of Missouri School of Medicine/Center for Health Ethics and Center for Health Policy: Registration now open for The ACA and Beyond: The Ethics and Future of Health Reform.    

Date: October 17-18, 2014

Location: Columbia, MO

More information, click here.

Intercultural Counseling Connection: New service and website    

The Intercultural Counseling Connection provides counseling services for refugees in the greater Baltimore area. Services are provided free or reimbursed through Medicaid

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“Racial Disparities in Cancer Care in the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System and the Role of Site of Care”     ***NEW***

Speaker: Dr. Cleo Samuel, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health

Date: Tuesday, September 30th

Time: 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

Location: Davie Hall 261

Sponsored by Carolina Seminar on Behavioral Research with Ethnic and Racial Minority Populations

“African American Children, Academic Achievement and Parental Involvement”   ***NEW***

Date:  October 7, 2014

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, Sonja Haynes Stone Center

For more information, click here.

National Hispanic & Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC): Registration now open for the ATTC National Conference, Integrating Research, Education and Services to Reduce Behavioral Health Disparities in Hispanic and Latino Populations.    ***NEW***

Date: October 8-9, 2014

Location: Austin, TX

For more information, click here.

AMWHO Conference   

Interested in global health, health policy, diplomacy or international law? The American Mock World Health Organization conference is the nation’s first simulation of the World Health Assembly and seeks to educate undergraduate and graduate students on global health affairs.

Date:  10/03/2014
Time:12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Event location: Gillings School of Public Health: Rosenau Hall
Contact name: Neha Acharya
Contact email address:

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene/Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities: Registration now open for the 11th Annual Health Disparities Conference, The Future of Community Health Workers in Maryland: Their Role in Achieving Health Equity.  

Deadline is October 22, 2014

More information, click here.

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC): Registration now open for the 8th National Conference on Health Disparities, Reducing Health Disparities Through Sustaining and Strengthening Healthy Communities    

Date:  November 5-8, 2014

Location: Long Beach, CA.

More information, click here.

Angela Thrasher, PhD

Assistant Professor
Health Behavior, UNC


“African American HIV/AIDS Disparities: What’s Stress Got to Do With It?”



Date: October 10, 2014 (Friday)
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Location: Rosenau Hall, Room 101
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Chapel Hill, NC

The Institute of African American Research 2014-2015 Graduate Student Brown Bag Series

Gentetics in Law Enforcement: The Effects on African Americans and Latinos  

Speaker: Allen Buansi, School of Law

Date: October 13, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: IAAR Office, Suite 309C,
Sonja Haynes Stone Center,
150 South Road, Chapel Hill, NC

More information, click here.


HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR): Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant (R21). Health Promotion among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males   ***NEW***

Deadline is October 16, 2014

More information, click here.

Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR) Pilot Grant Program   

Deadline: October 14, 2014

Projects focused on type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes will be considered. Projects should also highlight their innovation as it relates to health disparities and translation.

More information, click here.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)/Lesbian Health Fund (LHF): Research Projects   

Deadline is October 15, 2014

LHF’s mission is to improve the health of lesbians, other sexual minority women (SMW) and their families through research.

More information, click here.

Community Foundation of Broward County: Ignite! Innovation Grant Program   

Priority will be given to the foundation’s eight focus areas: Poverty to Prosperity, Cancel Cancer, Youth Engagement, Going Green, Health and Wellness, LGBT, Aging with Dignity, and Justice for Animals. Deadline is October 17, 2014

More information, click here.


Massachusetts General Hospital/ Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) is recruiting for a FT Research Assistant (Job ID: 2255996) position in Boston, MA. Open until filled   ***NEW***

More information, click here.

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) is recruiting for a Program Coordinator position in Oakland, CA. Open until filled.  ***NEW***

More information, click here.

National Science Foundation (NSF): Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation      

The LSAMP program assists universities and colleges in diversifying the STEM workforce by increasing the numbers of minority students successfully completing STEM disciplines. Deadline is October 17, 2014

More information, click here.


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