ECHO Current Weekly E-News

February 24, 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.


February is Black History Month

For more information, click here.


Minority Kids Less Likely to Get Latest Type 1 Diabetes Care, Study Finds    ***NEW***

Experts aren’t sure what’s causing differences in insulin pump use, blood sugar levels

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Many LGBT Medical Students Don’t Reveal Sexual Identity   ***NEW***

Fear of discrimination cited as biggest reason, survey reports

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More Americans Surviving Cancer Today Than 20 Years Ago   ***NEW***

Study shows biggest improvements in people diagnosed between ages 50 and 64

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Hispanics May Develop Alcoholic Liver Disease Earlier   ***NEW***

Problems start four to 10 years sooner than in whites or blacks, experts found

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Most HIV Infections Come From Undiagnosed or Untreated People: Study   ***NEW***

If an American becomes infected with HIV, chances are he or she contracted the virus from someone who didn’t know they were infected or wasn’t getting proper treatment.

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UNC Lineberger Analysis Finds That Advanced Age Should Not Limit Cancer Treatment  

After comparing the survival outcomes of older and younger people with head and neck cancer, UNC Lineberger researchers have found that age alone shouldn’t dictate a patient’s treatment.

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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

Gallup: 2014 uninsured rate was lowest in 7 years; states embracing Obama’s law set the pace    ***NEW***

WASHINGTON (AP) — The share of Americans without health insurance dropped to its lowest level in seven years in 2014 as President Barack Obama’s overhaul took full effect, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday.

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NIH-sponsored HIV vaccine trial launches in South Africa   ***NEW***

This experimental vaccine regimen is based on the one tested in the U.S. Military HIV Research Program-led RV144 clinical trial in Thailand—the first study to demonstrate that a vaccine can protect people from HIV infection.

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NIH-supported clinical trials to evaluate long-acting, injectable antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV infection   ***NEW***

Two new clinical trials are examining the safety and acceptability of antiretroviral medicines administered via injection as a means of protecting against HIV infection.

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Preventing Birth Defects with Healthier Moms and Healthier Babies   

Each year in the U.S., 1,500 babies are born with spina bifida, a birth defect caused by lack of folic acid in the mother’s diet. Spina bifida, like many other birth defects, can be prevented. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking a daily folic acid supplement prior to becoming pregnant and during pregnancy, which could prevent up to 70 percent of brain and spinal cord defects like spina bifida. This condition disproportionately affects children born to Hispanic women.

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Fear of Police Keeps Many Hispanics From Calling 911, Study Says  

Distrust of police prevents many Hispanic Americans from calling 911 when someone is suffering cardiac arrest, a new study reveals.

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HHS/ACF: Webinar. Federal Income Taxes and Health Coverage 101   ***NEW***

The 2015 tax season is the first time individuals and families will be asked for basic information regarding their health coverage on their tax returns. Learn what consumers need to know when filing their taxes, the importance of Form 1095-A and the penalty for not having health insurance.

February 25, 2015, 2:00 pm ET.

More information, click here.


Adventist HealthCare/Center for Health Equity and Wellness: Training. Qualified Bilingual Staff (QBS) Program   ***NEW***

The QBS Program is designed to provide bilingual healthcare workers the skill set necessary to interpret in a hospital/clinical setting. To register, please contact QBS Program Coordinator, Ayesha Anwar.


Detroit Urban Research Center (Detroit URC): Request for applications for the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Partnership Academy    ***NEW***

This program is designed as a community/academic partnership in order to explore and engage in approaches to eliminate health inequities.

Deadline is March 16, 2015.

More information, click here.


HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Eye Institute (NEI): Diversity In Vision Research and Ophthalmology (DIVRO) Summer Internship Program   

NEI seeks to increase the number of African-American, Latino, and Native American scientists in vision research by promoting career development opportunities. Deadline is March 1, 2015

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University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio/Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR): Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training.  

This summer institute aims to increase the number of master’s-degree-level Latinos who pursue a doctoral degree and a career in Latino health disparities and cancer control research.

Deadline is March 6, 2015

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The Detroit Urban Research Center is pleased to announce the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Partnership Academy, a nationwide, year-long capacity building opportunity for “community-academic” teams focused on improving health equity. 

Applications are due by March 16th

For 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.

Tuskegee University/National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care: Registration now open for the 18th Annual Commemoration of the Presidential Apology for the USPS Syphilis Study and Bioethics Commemoration and Public Health Ethics Intensive Course.  

March 22-27, 2015

Location: Tuskegee, AL

More information, click here.


Health Literacy, Health Disparities & Chronic Disease Self-Management    ***NEW***

Date: March 18th, 2015

Time: 9:00am-1:00pm

Location: Bioinformatics Building Room 1131

More information, click here.


Duke Health Disparities Research Colloquium   ***NEW***

Racial and ethnic minorities experience higher rates of disease, disability, and death than do their white counterparts. With the growing racial and ethnic diversity of the population, addressing disparities in health has become a national priority.

Date:  April 17, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Searle Center

(lunch included)

More information, click here.


Panel Discussion: Health Activism in the Black Lives Matter Movement   

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 25th
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium
(Michael Hooker Research Center, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health)

Food provided at this event

Health Activism in the Black Lives Matter Movement   
Open Mic Night

Date: Thursday, Feb. 26th
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: UNC Sonja H. Stone Center Auditorium

19th Annual NCCU Department of Nursing Helen S. Miller Lectureship and Luncheon    

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Queen Utley-Smith, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Date: March 5, 2015
Time: 9:00am-1:30pm
Location: Millennium Hotel
2800 Campus Walk Avenue
Durham, NC

To register, click here.

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Cross Cultural Health Care Program: Training. Closing the Gap: Cultural Competency Training Of Trainers Institute.   

This Training of Trainers Institute provides an intensive 5-day course for organizations to meet mandates and recommendations for culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

March 23-27, 2015 in Seattle, WA

More information, click here.


HHS/HRSA: Regional AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) Grant   ***NEW***

Deadline is March 6, 2015

More information, click here.


Summer Graduate Student Research Application   

The Institute of African American Research welcomes applications for its 2015 Summer Graduate Research Grant. Funds support research that concerns African Americans or the broader African diaspora.  Award recipients will be required to give a talk in the 2015-2016 IAAR Graduate Student Brown Bag Lecture Series.

The deadline for submission is March 15, 2015.

More information, click here.

Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR): Pilot Grant Proposals FY 2015   

Proposals are sought to support junior investigator initiated research projects that would be developed into independent NIH-funded projects involving research with older African Americans.

Deadline is April 17, 2015

More information, click here.

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.

Deadline: The Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award March 31, 2015  

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center announces The Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award, a competitive $5,000 award to recognize excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences. This cash award goes directly to the recipient and can be used for any purpose. Applications are due March 31, 2015.

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HHS/NIH, National Cancer Institute (NCI): Health Communications Internship Program (HCIP)  ***NEW***

Six-month and one-year internships offered to graduate students and recent graduates interested in health communications or science writing.

Deadline is March 3, 2015.

More information, click here.


Research Specialist, NC TraCS Institute CARES Services   ***NEW***

The NC TraCS Institute CARES (Community Academic Resources for Engaged Scholarship) has an open position for a Research Specialist to coordinate a regional advisory board of community members and academic researchers interested in community engaged research and coordinate community engaged research trainings, seminars, workshops, and meetings.

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American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO): ASCO Diversity Mentoring Program   ***NEW***

This program seeks to educate minority physicians-in-training about careers in oncology by fostering relationships with experienced oncology professionals who can provide career and educational guidance.

Deadline is March 17, 2015.

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University of Mississippi/Medical Center: HBCU Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health Related Research (PRIDE) Summer Research Training Institute.  

All-expense-paid research career advancement opportunity for early career faculty and transitioning post-doctoral fellows who are underrepresented in biomedical research.

Deadline is March 1, 2015

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