ECHO Current Weekly E-News

September 22, 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

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

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Everyday Discrimination Impacts Mental Health   ***NEW***

Researchers have determined that African Americans and Caribbean blacks who experience discrimination of multiple types are at substantially greater risk for a variety of mental disorders including anxiety, depression and substance abuse.

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Watchful Waiting May Not Be Best for Black Men With Prostate Cancer     

They were more likely to develop aggressive disease sooner than white patients, study says

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Racial Disparities in Breast-Feeding May Start With Hospitals, Study Suggests

Maternity care practices differ in neighborhoods with more black residents than average, CDC research 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

Medtronic, United Way Team Up to Reduce Health Disparities   ***NEW***

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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Doc: Women Play Key Role in Prostate Cancer Awareness 

September marks Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and as a result, women throughout the United States have a valuable addition to their to-do list.  We are urging women to take advantage of this month, and remind the men in their lives to get screened.

To view video news clip, click here.

Majority of African American Women Willing to Take Part in Medical Research   

If a research survey of African American professional women is any indication, attitudes may be changing towards participation in medical research. Mayo Clinic and The Links, Incorporated researchers teamed up to survey members of the international women’s organization, and found that a majority of African American women surveyed are willing to or have taken part in medical research. The results appear in the Journal of Women’s Health.

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Most Prevalent Form of Discrimination is Due to Mental Illness and Homelessness    

Vulnerable populations in ethnically diverse Toronto reported more discrimination by health care workers based on their housing status, mental health or substance abuse issues than race, a new study has found.

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

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.    ***NEW***

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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Guest speaker: James Meigs will be visiting UNC-Chapel Hill, Thursday September 25, 2014.  ***NEW***

He is on the faculty at Mass General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and the Chair of the American Diabetes Association’s Council on Epidemiology and Statistics. His research focuses primarily on the cause and prevention of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. His epidemiologic research focuses on biochemical and genetic causes of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, while his health services research focuses on trials of medical informatics applications providing provider decision support and population registry management for type 2 diabetes care.

Time: 1-2PM; Location:  Michael Hooker Research Center Room 0001 (BCBS Auditorium)

CER Conference: Severe hypoglycemia and CAD risk in health system patients eligible for ACCORD: An application of CER using EMR data


Time: 4-5PM; Location:  Bondurant 2020

Endocrine Conference: Clinical implications of type 2 diabetes genetics

HHS/OMH and the NPA Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC), in partnership with DentaQuest: Oral Health Town Hall Interdisciplinary Meeting     ***NEW***

This meeting will explore the physical, psychological, sociological, and spiritual bidirectional relationship between oral and systemic health and address ways to advance health equity.

Date:  September 25, 2014

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET

Location: Nashville, TN.

More information, click here.

The National Academies/Institute of Medicine: Meeting. Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities – Digital Health Strategies and Disparities Reduction: There’s an App For That.     ***NEW***

Date: October 2, 2014

Location: Detroit, MI.

More information, click here.

AMWHO Conference   ***NEW***

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.  ***NEW***

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    ***NEW***

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.

19th Annual Conference:  “Affordable Care Act & Best Practices for Hispanics”      

Date: March 27-29, 2015

Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC

Join the NHMA network of health care providers and government and private sector partners from across the nation and learn new strategies for effective health care delivery and policies for Hispanic populations.

More information, click here.


Large Pragmatic Studies to Evaluate Patient-Centered Outcomes   

Deadline: October 1, 2014

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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.


National Medical Fellowships: General Scholarships & Awards. Awarded to minority medical students     ***NEW***

Deadline is September 25, 2014

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

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.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF): Future of Nursing Scholars Program   

Deadline is October 1, 2014

Schools with research-focused PhD programs in nursing are eligible to apply.

More information, click here.

Many Cultures, One Goal: Better Health