ECHO Current Weekly E-News

August 1, 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.



Poverty Takes Bigger Toll on a Man’s Health If He’s Black ***NEW***

Poverty increases the chances of earlier death in Black males, but it does not raise the risk in white males.

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1 in 3 Hospitals in Developing World Lack Running Water

A third of hospitals in the developing world lack running water, which is an essential resource for surgeries, hygiene, and infection control. 

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Depression Strikes Nearly 3 Million U.S. Teens a Year ***NEW***

The rate of depression among young adults in the United States has risen over the last few years from 9.9 percent to 11 percent.

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Sudden Heart Death More Common in Male Minority Athletes

This new study has determined that hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of sudden heart death in minority male athletes. Minority male athletes have a higher death rate from sudden cardiac death than white athletes.

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Men Face Greater Risk of Cardiac Arrest ***NEW***

A new study has shown that men have a significantly higher risk of suffering from cardiac arrest than women do.

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A Little Guidance Is Key to Getting That Cancer Screen

This study shows how the use of patient navigators improved cancer screening rates among low-income and ethnic minority patients.

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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

Medicaid Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act Leads to Better Care and Improves Financial Well-being for new Enrollees 

A new report has found that over 90 percent of new people enrolled in Medicaid are satisfied with their health care plans and their doctors. Medicaid has also improved the financial stability and well-being of new enrollees.

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HHS Awards $156 Million to Health Centers to Expand Oral Health Services 

Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $156 million in funding will go to health centers across the country to expand the oral health services provided and increase the number of patients that receive care.

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NIH Precision Medicine Effort to Address Health Disparities ***NEW***

The National Institutes of Health is giving up to 31 million dollars to fund a new research program dedicated to reduce health disparities through the use of precision medicine.

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8 Findings on Geographic Health Disparities, Performance ***NEW***

The Commonwealth Fund’s 2016 Scorecard on Local Health System Performance, assessed the level of healthcare in 306 U.S. healthcare markets.

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Research Focuses on Health Needs of Gays, Lesbians

This new study has explored the health disparities that affect gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. Researchers hope that this study can help inform medical professionals about the physical and psychological needs of their patients.

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HRSA Awards More Than $149 million to Grow the Nation’s Primary Care Workforce and Expand Health Professions Training ***NEW***

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced that it will award over $149 million through 12 workforce programs to expand workforce and health professions training.

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Sisters in Health 

The Sisters in Health Study is designed to help African American women lose weight by coming together for 24 weeks to learn the knowledge, skills, and other techniques to shed pounds.

For more information, click here or email

 Closing the Gap: Cultural Competency Training of Trainers Institute ***NEW***

This training event will take place on October 31 – November 4, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.

For more information, click here.

Leadership Development Program ***NEW***

This program is through the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the deadline to apply is September 23, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Abstracts due for the 9th annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation

The deadline for abstract submission is August 4th, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Abstracts will be required to follow a specific track, one of which is “Promoting Health Equity and Eliminating Disparities”.

For more information, click here.

Career 911: Your Future Job in Medicine and Healthcare 

This course is designed to help recent graduates and those considering transitioning careers explore health care fields and identify strategies on how to enter a health care career.

For more information, click here.


2016 CityMatCH Leadership & MCH Epidemiology Conference ***NEW***

Registration is now open for this conference. This event will take place from September 14-16, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA.

For more information, click here.

Healthcare Quality and Equity Action Forum: Moving Towards Access and Accountability

This event will take place on September 29- 30, 2016 at The Seaport Boston Hotel, 1 Seaport Ln, Boston, Massachusetts 02210.

For more information, click here.

NEPO Building Healthy Communities Summit ***NEW***

This event will take place from September 16 to September 18, 2016 in Newport Beach, California.

For more information, click here.

US Conference on AIDS (USCA) ***NEW***

This conference will be held on September 15-September 18, 2016, in Hollywood, Florida.

For more information, click here.


NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Program (DP1) ***NEW***

This grant is designed to support individual scientists and the deadline to apply is September 2, 2016.

For more information, click here.

The Health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations (R21) 
This grant is designed to support research on the health of diverse populations.
For more information, click here.

Promoting Organ and Tissue Donation Among Diverse Populations (R01) ***NEW***

This grant encourages researchers to investigate barriers to organ and tissue donation. The deadline to apply for this opportunity is December 5, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Health Services Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities

The first deadline for this opportunity is August 9, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (K12) ***NEW***

Applications are now being accepted for the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Career Development Programs. The deadline to apply is October 6, 2016.

For more information, click here.


Public Health Program Assistant Administrator

PA Department of Health, Harrisburg, PA.

Applications will be accepted from May 11, 2016 to August 20, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Scientific Director of its Division of Intramural Research 

This position is with The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The review of applications will begin on July 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information, click here.

Senior Research Associate ***NEW***

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD.

Please email a cover letter highlighting your relevant education, experience and skills and an updated CV to Ms. Brittany Furgal,

For more information, click here.

Senior Program Assistant ***NEW***

National Association of County and City Health Officials, Washington, District Of Columbia.

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, one writing sample with salary requirements to: PN-259, Senior Program Assistant, by clicking here.

Open Rank Research Professor 

School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park,  MD.

The deadline to apply is December 31, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Regional Dean

UT School of Public Health, Dallas, TX.

Deadline to apply is September 1, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Director, Biostatistics Core ***NEW***

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

For more information, click here.

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