ECHO Current Weekly E-News

October 5, 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.


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15 

For more information, click here.


Too Few Women Get Counseling Before Breast Cancer Gene Test ***NEW***

A new study found that only one-third of women receive genetic counseling before undergoing testing for a gene mutation that increases their risk of breast or ovarian cancer.

Read more.

 Transgender Discrimination Linked to Risky Health Behaviors ***NEW***

A new study found that discrimination may cause risky health behaviors in transgender Americans.

Read more.

Gender Disparities Persist in Academic Medicine

Although half of medical school graduates are women, they are less likely to receive research funding or become full professors.

Read more.

Younger Native Americans Face High Suicide Rate ***NEW***

A new federal report on suicide finds that young adult Native Americans continue to be at a much higher risk of suicide compared to other ethnic groups in the United States.

Read more.

Too Few Blacks, Hispanics Becoming Doctors

Few members of minority groups are pursuing careers in U.S. medicine, resulting in a serious lack of diversity among medical personnel.

Read more.

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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

A Doctor’s Memoir Shows Race Matters in the Hospital Room

In this video, Dr. Damon Tweedy discusses racial disparities in medicine, for not only patients, but also for medical personnel.

Watch here.

ACF and IHS Award $21 Million to Support Tribal Family Violence Victims and Organizations ***NEW***

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Indian Health Service (IHS) are announcing the award of nearly $21 million to support tribal domestic violence victims.

Read more.

NCI Renews Funding for San Diego Universities, Community Health Centers to Work Together

Joint effort will address cancer health care disparities among hispanic/latinos.

Read more.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell Announced $685 Million in Awards ***NEW***

The awards go to supporting organizations to help equip more than 140,000 clinicians with the tools and support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and reduce costs.

Read more.

Most of World’s People Lack Access to Safe Cancer Surgery ***NEW***

A new study found that most cancer patients worldwide don’t have access to needed surgeries.

Read more.


HHS Launches Resources System to Improve Disaster Preparedness ***NEW***

The nation’s first and most comprehensive system of resources designed specifically to help communities better prepare for and manage the health impacts of disasters.

For more information, click here.

Healthy People 2020

New resource about federal prevention initiatives.

For more information, Read more.

NCHHSTP Strategic Plan Through 2020 

The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention: Strategic Plan through
2020. One goal of this plan is to eliminate health disparities across groups affected by HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB.
For more information, click here.

Cancer Health Disparities, Did You Know?

A resource video released by the National Cancer Institute.

For more information, click here.

Chartbook on Rural Health Care ***NEW***

National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report.

For more information, click here.

About the Precision Medicine Initiative ***NEW***

For more information, click here.


Head For The Cure 5K   

Date: 11/7/15

Time: 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Location: Koka Booth Amphitheatre

More information, click here.

UNC Medical School Almuna Dr. C. Nicole Swiner Book Discussion- How to Avoid the Superwoman Complex ***NEW***

10/20/2015, 3:30- 4:30, Duke University- Erwin Mill Building Bay A – 103A

For more information, click here.

RSVP here.

HHS/NIH, NIDDK: Registration now open for the 2015 Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) South Regional Workshop 

November 15-16, 2015 in New Orleans, LA.

For more information, click here.

Epigenetics and Health Disparities: Linking Biology and Social Science: Webinar 

Presenter: James N Jarvis, MP, FAAP. Date: 11/18/2015

For more information, click here.

EGPRN Autumn Conference “Research on Active Ageing in Family Medicine/General Practice.” ***NEW***

October 17-20, 2015. EGPRN – European General Practice Research Network Trakya University Balkan Congress Venue.

For questions contact Mrs. Hanny Prick, at

For more information, click here.

Latino Health Forum ***NEW***

10/13/15. Seattle, WA. Hilton Seattle A&C Center.

For more information, click here.

International Cancer Education Conference (ICEC) 

American Association for Cancer Education. Dates: October 21-23, 2015. Tuscon, AZ.

For more information, click here.


Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR) 

Awards will be funded for 1-2 years, up to $150,000. Concept proposals are due October 16, 2015.

For more information, click here.

UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship 

The due date for applications is November 1, 2015.

For more information and to apply, click here.

HHS/NIH, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): Addressing Health Disparities in Maternal and Child Health through Community-Based Participatory Research (R03)

Deadline for letters of intent is October 20, 2015.

For more information, click here.

Exploratory/Developmental Grants Program for Basic Cancer Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R21) ***NEW***
Deadline is November 17, 2015.
For more information, click here.

Administrative Supplements for Research on Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations (Admin Supp) 

Deadline is November 30, 2015.

For more information, click here.

Association of American Medical Colleges Advancing Implementation Science in Community/Academic Partnered Research ***NEW***
Deadline for Proposal Receipt: October 16, 2015
For more information, click here.

NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research on Chronic Disease Prevention (U54)   

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to establish specialized Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCCs) for health disparities research focused on chronic disease prevention, with an emphasis on developing, implementing and disseminating community-based multilevel interventions.

Application due date: December 16, 2015
Application budget: $1,500,000 in direct costs annually

More information, click here.

University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship 

Applications are due November 1, 2015.

For more information, click here.

Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions(ATN) Coordinating Center (CC) (U24)***NEW***

Letters of intent due December 19, 2015.

For more information, click here.


The Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University (CCCWFU,) Multiple Tenure Track Faculty Positions in Cancer Prevention and Control ***NEW***

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a summary of research interests to Dr. Kristie Long Foley, Ph.D., Cancer Prevention & Control Program Leader c/o Monica Kiger,

Application review begins November 1,2015.

For more information about the Division of Public Health Sciences, click here. For more information on the Comprehensive Cancer Center, click here.

Postdoctoral Position Openings 

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute announces the availability of post-doctoral fellowship positions in the molecular epidemiology of cancer prevention, risk and outcomes. Interested candidates should submit an electronic copy of their curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and a cover letter describing their research experience and research interests to:

Timothy R. Rebbeck, Ph.D.

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana Building 1101

450 Brookline Ave

Boston MA 02215

Health Coverage Program Coordinator Position Opening

Send your resume, professional references/name and contact number to Please include Health Coverage Program Coordinator in the subject line.

Deadline is October 16, 2015.

For more information click here.

Laboratory-Based Scientists for an Assistant or Associate Member Position (Equivalent to an Assistant or Associate Professor) ***NEW***

This research is being sponsored by the Human Biology Division and at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until an appointment is made. Interested candidates must apply electronically here and attach the following materials: a letter of interest, addressed to Dr. Betsy Sleath (Search Committee Chair; George H. Cocolas Distinguished Professor; UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy; CB 7573, UNC-Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7573) and a complete curriculum vitae and two professional letters of reference.

The Pennsylvania State University- Professor and Head of the Department of Biobehavioral Health ***NEW***

The review of applications will begin on November 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries may be made to Dr. Joshua Smyth, Chair of the Search Committee by e-mail ( or by telephone (814 – 863 – 8402) or to Dr. Ann C. Crouter, Dean, College of Health and Human Development (; 814-865-4392).

For more information and to apply, click here.

Wake Forest University, Associate Director, Office of Cancer Health Equity 

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a summary of research interests to Dr. Boris Pasche, Cancer Center Director c/o Monica Kiger,

For more information, click here.


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