ECHO Current Weekly E-News

October 18, 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.



Breast Cancer Deaths Continue to Decline in U.S. ***NEW***

For both Black and White women, rates of breast cancer are declining, although racial disparities in this rate still persist, the gap is decreasing.

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Pre-K Program Helps Low-Income Kids Succeed in School

A new study has found that pre-kindergarten programs can help boost school performance in low-income minority children.

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Foster Kids Face Higher Risk of Health Problems ***NEW***

A new study has found that children raised in foster care face higher risks of developing physical and mental health issues.

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Cancer Treatment More Likely to Leave Black Patients in Debt

A new study has found that black cancer patients are more likely to be in debt after treatment or forgo treatment due to cost concerns.

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Mixed News on Drug Abuse Among Lesbian, Gay Americans ***NEW***

A U.S. government report has found that Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults have higher rates of substance use and mental illness, but are more likely to seek help.

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Exercise May Not Lower Women’s Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

New research suggests that exercise will not lower the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) for women, but it can help ease the symptoms of MS.

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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

LGBT Health Research, Once Seen as ‘disposable,’ Gets a Boost at NIH ***NEW***

The recent classification of LGBT persons as a health disparity group, which will allow more research on this topic to be conducted.

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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 

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

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month ***NEW***

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States.

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Every Income Group Experienced Significant and Similar Drops in Uninsured Rates Under the Affordable Care Act 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released new research regarding the increase in health insurance coverage among many groups of Americans.

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Racial Gaps Persist in how Breast Cancer Survivors Function, Feel During Treatment and After

A new study, led by researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, found differences in how black and white women function and feel during and after treatment.

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Request for comments: Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity ***NEW***

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is requesting comments on this Statistical Policy Directive. The deadline to comment is October 31, 2016.

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.

The Intergenerational Impact of Slavery, Segregation and Racism on the Health of Descendants of Africans Enslaved in the United States (DAEUS) 

This webinar will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

For more information and to register, click here.

AACR Cancer Progress Report 2016

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has just released the AACR Cancer Progress Report 2016.

For more information, click here.

Public Forum: How Should Race Be Used in Medicine? ***NEW***

This public forum will take place in Atlanta, GA, on November 3, 2016. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, 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.


Second Annual National Health Disparities Elimination Summit

This summit will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at the University of Connecticut, UConn Health Center, Farmington, CT.

For more information, click here.

Webinar: Medical Research Scholars Program ***NEW***

This webinar will discuss the application process with students and faculty on Friday, November 4, 2016 from 11am-12pm (EST).

For more information, click here.

Lecture: Evidence-based Interventions to Address Health Disparities in Cancer ***NEW***

This event will take place on the NIH Main Campus in Bethesda, MD on November 1, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Achieving Health Equity through Community Engagement and Innovative Health Care Delivery

This event will happen at Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, MD on December 13, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Addressing Health Disparities: The Role of Translation Research 

This event will take place at The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education in Nashville, TN from November 10, 2016 through November 11, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Webinar: Racism? Or Barriers to Health Equity? Communicating Health Equity ***NEW***

This webinar will be on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST.

For more information, click here.


Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males (R01)***NEW***

This purpose of this grant is stimulate and expand research in the health of minority men.

For more information, click here.

Medical Research Scholars Program ***NEW***

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 MRSP class.  The application deadline is January 13, 2017.

For more information, click here.

Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability 

This grant is designed to support students with disabilities who are pursuing studies related to health and disability. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2016.

For more information, click here.

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

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.

Building a Systems Approach to Community Health and Health Equity for Academic Medical Centers

This funding opportunity is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the deadline to apply for this grant is October 28, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Surgical Disparities Research (R01)***NEW***

This grant supports research on disparities in surgical care and outcomes, in minority and health disparity populations.

For more information, click here.


Senior Health Economics Advisor

This position is with the Global Health Fellows Program in Arlington, VA. Applications for this position are due on November 14, 2016 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.

For more information, click here.

Epidemiologic Research Analyst ***NEW***

This position is with the National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics.

Please send resume and cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position to Dr. Jill Koshiol at

Associate Director Immigrant Health & Cancer Disparities Service ***NEW***

This position is with the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. To inquire or apply, please contact the office of: Dr. Lisa Diamond, Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 300 East 66rd Street- 15th floor, New York, NY 10065,

For more information about MSKCC, click here.

Adolescent & School Health Policy & Assessment Specialist

This position is with the Oregon Health Authority.

For more information, click here.

Assistant Professor Tenure Track Faculty

Department of Health Services Administration and Policy at Temple University.

The deadline for this application is December 19, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Deputy Director, Office of AIDS Research ***NEW***

This position is with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and applications are due on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Associate Professor

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine is seeking an individual to fill a tenure or tenure-track faculty position.

For more information, click here.

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