ECHO Current Weekly E-News

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May 18, 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.


May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month

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Switch From U.S. to African Diet May Lower Colon Cancer Risk in Blacks     ***NEW***

Study found more polyps, other markers of colon tumor risk in those eating ‘Western’ high-fat, low-fiber fare

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Depression Tied to Worse Outcomes for Black Patients With Heart Failure    ***NEW***

Treating mental health condition might improve cardiovascular health, expert says

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 Shiftworkers More Likely to Develop Metabolic Disorders    ***NEW***

Shiftwork is an occupational health risk of growing significance because it is becoming more common and because of its potential influence on health outcomes, possibly increasing health differences between workers of higher vs lower socioeconomic status.

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Moving to a Poorer Neighborhood Might Be Bad for Your Waistline   

People who moved to a poorer neighborhood gained more weight than those who moved to a similar or wealthier neighborhood, or remained in the same neighborhood, the study found. In addition, the poorer a neighborhood was, the greater the weight gain.

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U.S. Hispanics Face Unique Health Challenges, CDC Says   

Hispanics in the United States carry very different health risks than whites and face a tougher time getting needed medical care, according to a new federal report.

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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

Bridging the Gap between Behavioral and Primary Health Care for Low-Income Patients   ***NEW***

Bridging the divide between behavioral and primary health care not only makes sense, it’s what patients want. Recent Blue Shield of California Foundation research reveals that low-income patients prefer to receive behavioral health services in the same setting as they receive their primary care.

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Clearing the Air in Louisville through Data and Design    ***NEW***

Louisville, Kentucky ranks among the poorest in air quality and highest in asthma rates among U.S. cities. A new art installation from Propeller Health shows residents real-time changes in the city’s air quality, equipping them with the data to reach their goal of becoming one of the healthiest cities by 2020.

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Retail Clinics Are Expanding Their Role Within the Health Care System    ***NEW***

With convenient weekend and after-hours care, retail clinics have the potential to expand access to basic primary care and help address some non-clinical needs underlying the social determinants of health.

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The 2015 Rankings and Philadelphia’s Power of ‘Brotherly Love’    ***NEW***

Rather than taking poverty and its ravaging effects on health as a given, Philly leaders and citizens came together to usher in change that would make the city a healthier and better place to live for everyone.

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NIH names Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities    

“Eliseo is a highly respected leader with rich experience in advancing efforts to eliminate health disparities,” said Dr. Collins. “He has the passion and vision to guide the NIMHD research agenda in this critically important area.”

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The Partnership Project & REI racialequityinstitute: ANTI-RACISM WORKSHOP   ***NEW***

Date: Thursday-Friday, August 6-7, 2015
Location: Laughlin Memorial United Methodist Church
1417 Huffine Mill Road, Greensboro, NC

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) hours are available for this workshop, Including one hour of ethics credit.

More information, click here.


National Research Mentoring Network Issues Call for Applications      

Deadline: May 21, 2015

NRMN invites applications from two audiences for Grant Proposal Writing and Professional Development opportunities:
Postdoctoral Fellows & Junior Faculty
– Currently working on a grant proposal
– Planning to work on a grant proposal in the next year
Experienced Faculty Investigators
– Interested in serving as a grant writing and professional development coach for individuals and groups
– Hoping to learn and apply the proposal writing and coaching strategies used in the NRMN models
– Committed to the career advancement of investigators from underserved populations

More information, click here.

2015 Summer Evaluation Institute   

Date: May 31- June 3, 2015
Location: Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia Hotel
4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30346

More information, click here.

University of Wisconsin/Population Health Institute, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF): New resource. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. 

This resource examines 30 factors that influence health—including adult obesity rates, physical inactivity rates, access to exercise opportunities, and a food environment index that measures both food insecurity and access to healthy food.

More information, click here.

HPM 766: Making Equity a Priority in Cancer Care Quality during FALL 2015.   

This course will provide core grounding in recent work on defining, measuring, and improving cancer care quality, with a particular focus on inequities along the cancer care continuum and approaches for prioritizing equity in cancer care quality.

More information, 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.

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.


HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Region 10 Office of Regional Operations (ORO): Webinar. Models for Tribal Healing in Primary Care and Behavioral Health Settings.   ***NEW***

Date: May 26, 2015

Time: 10:00 am

More information, click here.


Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) College of Nursing/Health Disparities, Education, Awareness, Research & Training (HDEART) Consortium: Registration now open for the 13th Annual Summer Workshop/Course, Disparities in Health in America – Working Towards Social Justice.   ***NEW***

Date: June 22-27, 2015

Location: Houston, TX.

More information, click here.


New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC): Webinar. Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B Among African Immigrants – Current Status, Barriers, and Challenges. 

Date: May 21, 2015

Time: 10:30 am ET

More information, click here.

The White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education: Improving AIAN Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities   

SPEAKER: Ron Lessard, Chief of Staff, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education
Date: May 21, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

To register:
Click Here for Full Abstract and Speaker Biographies:

Multidisciplinary Equity Research Collaborative In Health (Jun 2, 2015)   

21st National Health Equity Research Webcast: Topic: Advancing a Community-Based Model for Violence Prevention

Presenters: Michelle Chino, Frank Perez, and Leon Andrews, Jr.

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Hispanic Health Council, in collaboration with the Yale School of Public Health and the Southwest AHEC: Symposium. Community Health Worker Symposium.    

Date: May 27, 2015

Location: Hartford, CT

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HHS/CDC, Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP), and the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association (ASTDA): STD Prevention Science Series. Public Health in a Hostile Environment – Racial Inequality and STD/HIV in the US.  

Participants can attend live or join the event online. June 4, 2015, 1:00 pm ET in Atlanta, GA.

More information, click here.

National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare (NCIHC): Registration now open for 2015 NCIHC Annual Membership Meeting, Language Access for the Whole Person – Body, Mind, and Spirit.

Date: June 5-6, 2015

Location: Minneapolis, MN.

More information, click here.

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.


Innovations for Healthy Living – Improving Population Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R43/R44)  

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Technologies for Improving Population Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R41/R42)   

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NIMHD Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)  

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HHS/Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight: Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces.   

Deadline for letters of intent is June 3, 2015.

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HHS/NIH, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID): HIV Vaccine Research and Design (HIVRAD) Program (P01).   

Deadline for letters of intent is June 15, 2015.

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HHS/Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR): Direct Services for Survivors of Torture.    

Deadline is June 24, 2015.

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2015 CRRTC Pilot Research Grant    

The Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communication (CRRTC) is requesting applications for innovative pilot research projects with relevance to tobacco regulatory science. We seek to fund interdisciplinary projects that include researchers with expertise in public health, medicine, psychology, communication, media studies, or other relevant disciplines. We are particularly interested in supporting junior researchers including students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career scientists. Proposal budgets may be from $5,000 to $50,000 for projects up to 12 months starting 9/1/15. An optional letter of intent is due on May 1 and the application itself is due June 1, 2015.

More information, click here.

RFA: NIH Provocative Questions    

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is looking for bold new approaches to answer 12 perplexing scientific questions identified by the community. Help find the answers. Questions are built on specific advances in our understanding of cancer and cancer control, address broad issues in biology of cancer that have proven difficult to resolve. Applications due June 29, 2015; October 29, 2015; June 29, 2016; October 28, 2016.

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Duke Endowment health care grants  

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.


UNC-Chapel Hill, Assistant or Associate Professor-Tenure Track (2 positions)   ***NEW***

Department of Nutrition with a focus on health disparities/global health

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HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP): Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) National Partnerships Team Fellowship.   

More information, click here.


National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC): Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors (NMFP-AC).  

Deadline is May 31, 2015.

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UNC Physician Assistant Program Now Accepting Student Applications   

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Physician Assistant (PA) program began accepting student applications on April 22, for the first class of students to enroll in January 2016. The UNC PA Program represents UNC’s commitment to help address the current and projected health-care needs of the citizens of North Carolina, especially in underserved communities.

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AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program (GEDI)   

DEADLINE: Friday, June 5, 2015

The American Evaluation Association welcomes applications for its Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program ( provides paid internship and training opportunities during the academic year. The GEDI program works to engage and support students from groups traditionally under-represented in the field of evaluation.

More information, click here.

The IAAR Faculty Fellows program is in its second year!   

The fellowship supports current and rigorous research by UNC-CH faculty members who are pursuing studies of African Americans and the African Diaspora.

For more information about the program please contact:


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