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May 2, 2016
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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.


IN THIS ISSUE

RESEARCH

Nearly 1 Million More Kids Have Health Coverage After Obamacare ***NEW***

Almost 1 million children have gained health insurance coverage through Obamacare and approximately 91 percent of Medicaid-eligible children are now enrolled in the program.

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Teen Birth Rate at Record Low in U.S.

The teen birth rate hit an all time low in the United States. The largest decline was in Hispanic and Black teens.

Read more.


Asian-Americans in Better Health Than Other U.S. Adults ***NEW***

Compared to other Americans, Asian-Americans reported having fewer chronic health conditions and being in overall better physical and mental health.

Read more.


U.S. Health Report Card Finds Racial, Ethnic Disparities Persist

A United States health report card has found that racial and ethnic disparities are still an issue, especially in obesity, dental care, and infant mortality.

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Smoking Harms Black Americans’ Kidneys ***NEW***

A new research study suggests that smoking can pose a high risk to kidney health among African Americans.

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Young Gay, Bisexual Men May Be at Higher Risk for Suicide

Age, ethnicity, income and education, are all major factors contributing to the mental health of gay and bisexual men.

Read more.

NEWS
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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 http://carolinacommunitynetwork.org/accrue.do


New Medicaid Guidance Improves Access to Health Care for Justice-Involved Americans Reentering Their Communities

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been increasing the access to health care for formerly incarcerated individuals who are transitioning back into their communities after being released.

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New NIH-EPA Research Centers to Study Environmental Health Disparities ***NEW***

The National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have partnered to fund new research centers that will strive to improve environmental health disparities.

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 Health Disparities: Improving, But Not Enough

The annual report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that the racial health gap has narrowed, but there are still significant disparities.

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HHS Finalizes Rule to Improve Health Equity Under the Affordable Care Act ***NEW***

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a final rule to reduce health disparities by prohibiting discrimination of individuals in health care.

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NIH Awards UAlbany $10M To Fund Health Disparities Programs

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to increase the funding for health disparities research programs.

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Congressional Caucus Briefed on Health Disparities Among Boys and Men ***NEW***

A congressional briefing took place to discuss health disparities among boys and men of color or sexual minority males.

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TRAINING and RESOURCES

Sisters in Health ***NEW***

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 sistersinhealthstudy@unc.edu.


Call for Papers: Big Data and its Application in Health Disparities Research ***NEW***

The journal, Ethnicity and Disease, is calling for papers on how Big Data can advance the science of health disparities. The deadline for submission is September 1, 2016.

For more information, click here.


Eliminating the Public Health Problem of Hepatitis B and C in the United States: Phase One Report
This resource provides information about strategies and the feasibility of eliminating Hepatitis B and C in the United States.
For more information, click here.

Natural Language Processing (NLP) Workshop 

This training program will be held on June 2, 2016 from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

For more information, click here.


Workshop: Community Violence as a Population Health Issue ***NEW***

This workshop will be held on June 16, 2016 in Brooklyn, NY.

For more information, click here.

EVENTS

Webinar: Addressing the Behavioral Health Needs of Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Patients ***NEW***

The webinar will take place on June 13, 2016 and 2:00 p.m.

For more information, click here.


National Health Equity Research Webcast ***NEW***

The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is presenting this webcast on June 7, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

For more information, click here.


Florida Public Health Association (FPHA) Annual Educational Conference: Challenges and Strategies for a New Age in Public Health 

The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, Orlando, FL. This event will take place from July 26, 2016 through July 29, 2016.

For more information, click here.


Preparing a Competitive HBCU Applicant Pool for Health Science Careers Conference ***NEW***

This event will take place from June 27, 2016 to June 28, 2016 in Nashville, TN. The goal of this conference is to develop leadership initiatives to encourage HBCU graduates to apply and enroll in health sciences programs.

For more information, click here.


Genomics and Health Disparities Lecture Series

The next upcoming lecture will take place on June 7, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For more information, click here.


National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium

This event will take place in Portland, Oregon from  May 31, 2016 to June 3, 2016.

For more information, click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Factors Underlying Differences in Female and Male Presentation for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Diseases and Conditions ***NEW***

The open date for this grant opens on September 16, 2016.

For more information, click here.


HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2016

This program aims to design and conduct outreach projects to improve access to HIV/AIDS related information.

For more information, click here.


Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program

Submission for this independent researcher grant opens on July 26, 2016.

For more information, click here.


Health Services Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities ***NEW***

The open date for submissions is July 9, 2016.

For more information, click here.


NIDDK Short-Term Research Experience Program for Underrepresented Persons 

The letter of intent is due July 9, 2016.

For more information, click here.


 The NCI Transition Career Development Award ***NEW***

This grant opens on May 30, 2016 and ends on June 30, 2016.

For more information, click here.

JOB/OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.


Director – Children & Family Health ***NEW***

Sedgwick County Division of Health & Human Services, Wichita, KS.

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2016.

For more information, click here.


Associate Project Manager, Womens Health Project ***NEW***

Population Services International, Washington DC.

The deadline to apply is July 18, 2016.

For more information, click here.


Public Health Research Assistant ***NEW***

NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY.

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.


 


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