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June 22, 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.


June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

For more information, click here.


Most Americans Back Ban on Powdered Alcohol, Poll Finds    ***NEW***

Adults worried that teens will be more likely to abuse alcohol in this form.

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Breast-Feeding May Have Dental Benefits, Study Suggests    ***NEW***

The more babies breast-feed, the less likely it is that they will develop any kind of misalignment in their teeth later on, a new study shows.

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Many U.S. Men With Depression, Anxiety Don’t Get Treated, CDC Finds    ***NEW***

Young minority males less likely than whites to access mental health care.

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Obese Postmenopausal Women May Face Higher Risk for Breast Cancer    ***NEW***

Researchers report the increased risk was as high as 58 percent.

Read more.

College Kids Don’t Understand the HPV Threat    ***NEW***

Survey found more than half didn’t get vaccinated, and many were unaware of their risk for infection.

Read more.

Many U.S. Women Live Far From Gynecologic Cancer Care      ***NEW***

Long distances may impede evaluation, treatment, researcher says

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Women, Poor, Uninsured Face Higher Risk of Psychological Distress: CDC    

Women, people with chronic medical conditions, the poor and those without health insurance are more likely to struggle with “serious psychological distress,” U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

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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

Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS Team with Health Departments and Local AIDS Service Organizations to Offer Free HIV Testing in More Than 150 Cities     ***NEW***

HIV Testing Events Scheduled at Select Walgreens Locations Over Three Days in Lead Up to  National HIV Testing Day, June 27

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The ACA and People with HIV: Profiles from the Field    ***NEW***

New in-depth profiles of 12 people with HIV highlight how the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansions impacted their access to coverage and care. While some experienced serious bumps along the way, those who gained coverage through Medicaid and the Marketplaces were largely able to meet both their HIV and non-HIV care needs. At the same time, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program continued to play a role in HIV care and coverage, both for those who remained uninsured and for those who gained new insurance.

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Poll Finds Nearly Three Quarters of Americans Say Prescription Drug Costs Are Unreasonable, and Most Blame Drug Makers Rather Than Insurers for the Problem    ***NEW***

If Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell Decision Restricts Insurance Subsidies to Certain States, Most Say Congress Should Act to Ensure Residents of All States are Eligible, and a Majority in Potentially Affected States say Their State Should Act

Public’s Views on Affordable Care Act Are Divided and Unchanged: 42% Unfavorable and 39% Favorable

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Seniors and Income Inequality: How Things Get Worse With Age   ***NEW***

In his latest column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses why seniors need to be included in the national discussion on income inequality, especially as proposals to change Medicare and Social Security are considered.

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Tight Food Budget Can Wreak Havoc on Diabetes Management   ***NEW***

Study finds worse blood sugar control in those who worry about having enough to eat

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UM Researcher Receives Grant to Examine Effects of CBT on Racial/Ethnic Minority Smokers   

Numerous studies have shown that African Americans and Hispanics are less likely than Caucasians to quit smoking, even if they participate in cessation interventions.

Associate Professor of Psychology in the University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences Monica Webb Hooper is one of the nation’s leading researchers investigating these disparities.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health will host a stakeholder call to announce Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes: an E-learning Program for Promotores de Salud    ***NEW***

June 23, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Toll Free Number: 888-989-3422; Participant Passcode: 1071091

This new e-learning program is designed to build the capacity of promotores de salud to promote individual- and community-level changes toward better health. It is available in both Spanish and English at no cost to participants. The e-learning program will provide promotores de salud with basic knowledge to: promote healthy choices at the individual and community levels; apply basic principles and strategies to motivate behavioral changes among the community members they serve; and empower those individuals to create change in their communities.

You are invited to join this stakeholder call to learn about Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes. Registration is requested upon dialing into the call. Participants are encouraged to dial into the call line at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the call to allow time for registration.


J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the HHS Office of Minority Health

Ken Johnson, JD, Senior Public Health Advisor, HHS Office of Minority Health

Liliana Rañón, Associate Director, Asian American/Pacific Islander & Latino Affairs, HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs

Brendaly Rodríguez, MA, Manager, Community Engagement and Cultural Diversity Program, University of Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Co-chair, Florida Community Health Worker Coalition, and Member, HHS Promotores de Salud Initiative Steering Committee

HHS/OMH: New resource. OMH Hispanic Health Data Brief: Demographic Characteristics and Health Behaviors among a Diverse Group of Adult Hispanic/Latino Males (Ages 18 to 64 years) in the United States.   ***NEW***

A new men’s health data brief provides insight into how demographics and health behaviors can vary among Hispanic/Latino groups in the US.

More information, click here.

CCPH member Giselle Corbie-Smith has just published an article in Progress for Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.   

Title: “Across the Miles: Process and Impacts of Collaboration with a Rural Community Advisory Board in HIV Research”
Authors: Malika Roman Isler, Margaret Shandor Miles, Bahby Banks, Lexie Perreras, Melvin Muhammad, Donald Parker, Giselle Corbie-Smith
Journal : Progress for Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action

More information, click here.

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)/Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities 

New resource. Maryland Cultural Competency Technical Assistance Resource Kit – Health Literacy, Language Services, Workforce Diversity.

More information, click here.

The Partnership Project & REI racialequityinstitute: ANTI-RACISM WORKSHOP   

Date: Thursday-Friday, August 6-7, 2015
Location: Laughlin Memorial United Methodist Church
1417 Huffine Mill Road, Greensboro, NC

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) hours are available for this workshop, Including one hour of ethics credit.

More information, click here.

HPM 766: Making Equity a Priority in Cancer Care Quality during FALL 2015.   

This course will provide core grounding in recent work on defining, measuring, and improving cancer care quality, with a particular focus on inequities along the cancer care continuum and approaches for prioritizing equity in cancer care quality.

More information, click here.


The Gospel Choir: Behind-the-Scenes Team Takes Center Stage     ***NEW***

The Environmental Services Gospel Choir, comprising housekeeping staff from the day and night shifts, sings words of encouragement across UNC Hospitals.

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Webinar: Advancing Health Equity for Boys and Men of Color    ***NEW***

Thursday, June 25, 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET

Where we are born, live, work, play and age has a profound effect on our health throughout our lives. It is critical that policies to reduce health disparities address these social determinants of health in order to advance health equity.

During Men’s Health Month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health is hosting a webinar, “Advancing Health Equity for Boys and Men of Color,” to bring greater awareness to issues impacting health and opportunities for minority men. Leading experts will examine strategies across public health, education, employment and justice sectors that seek to improve health outcomes for boys and men of color.

Who should attend:
Community-based and nonprofit organizations, public health and health care providers, national advocacy organizations, policy makers and others who provide services to minority men and/or have an interest in men’s health.
Speakers and Presenters:
J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director, HHS Office of Minority Health
Rashida Dorsey, PhD, MPH
Director, Division of Policy and Data, HHS Office of Minority Health

Marc Mauer, MSW
Executive Director, The Sentencing Project
Roland Thorpe, Jr., PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Behavior, and Society, and Director of Program on Men’s Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Victor Rios, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara

Register for the webinar:


Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) College of Nursing/Health Disparities, Education, Awareness, Research & Training (HDEART) Consortium: Registration now open for the 13th Annual Summer Workshop/Course, Disparities in Health in America – Working Towards Social Justice.   

Date: June 22-27, 2015

Location: Houston, TX.

More information, click here.

Explore the history of the American civil rights movement with a guided tour of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum’s permanent exhibition, The Battlegrounds

This engaging encounter, introduced with a captivating audio/video narrative, includes a journey through time via pictorials, artifacts, video reenactments, and interactive components.

More information, click here.


HMSA Foundation: Reducing Health Disparities between Native Hawaiians and Other Racial/Ethnic Groups in Hawai’i.  ***NEW***

Deadline is July 1, 2015.

More information, click here.

The Walmart Foundation: State Giving Program – Application Cycle 3. The Program invests in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.   ***NEW***

Deadline is July 17, 2015.

More information, click here.

Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award    ***NEW***

The Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award is designed to provide support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with “high-risk/high-reward” ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer. Specifically designed to provide funding to extraordinary early career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding, the research supported by the award must be novel, exceptionally creative and, if successful, have the strong potential for high impact in the cancer field. The initial award will be for two years, $150,000 per year ($300,000 total) with the opportunity for up to two additional years of funding (up to four years total for $600,000).

Applications are due July 1, 2015.

More information, click here.

HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Methodologies to Enhance Understanding of HIV-Associated Social Determinants (R01)   ***NEW***

Deadline for letter of intent is July 19, 2015

More information, click here.


Simons Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Announce 2016 Faculty Scholars Competition   ***NEW***

The competition is open to basic researchers and physician scientists at more than 220 eligible U.S. institutions. Applicants must be using molecular, genetic, computational or theoretical approaches to address fundamental biological or biomedical problems. Applicants must have more than four but fewer than 10 years of post-training professional experience. Once selected, awardees are required to devote at least 50 percent of their effort to research. Awardees will receive a five-year, non-renewable grant ranging from $100,000 to $400,000 per year for direct research costs. Additionally, grantees’ institutions will receive 20 percent of the yearly grant for indirect costs.

The deadline for application is July 28, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.

More information, click here.

Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program Funding Announced  

The National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, in partnership with the NCI Office of Cancer Centers, has announced the opportunity for NCI-designated cancer centers to compete for Cancer Center Support Grant supplements to strengthen the NCI Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program.

More information, click here.

HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM): HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2015.  

This is a solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients, affected community, caregivers, and the general public.

Deadline is July 20, 2015.

Learn more.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards Program.  

Deadline for letter of intent is July 1, 2015.

Learn more.

HHS/NIH, NIMHD: Request for Information (RFI). NIH Science Vision for Health Disparities Research 

Deadline is July 31, 2015.

Learn more.


NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program   ***NEW***

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) is now accepting applications for Cancer Prevention Fellows. As part of the program, fellows receive the opportunity to obtain an M.P.H. degree at an accredited university during the first year, followed by mentored research with investigators at the NCI. Research opportunities exist across the spectrum of cancer prevention research, including: epidemiology, biostatistics, clinical services, laboratory, nutritional, social and behavioral sciences, and engineering.

The deadline for application is August 25, 2015.

More information, click here.

UNC-Chapel Hill, Assistant or Associate Professor-Tenure Track (2 positions)   

Department of Nutrition with a focus on health disparities/global health

More information, click here.

HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP): Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) National Partnerships Team Fellowship.   

More information, click here.

UNC Physician Assistant Program Now Accepting Student Applications   

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Physician Assistant (PA) program began accepting student applications on April 22, for the first class of students to enroll in January 2016. The UNC PA Program represents UNC’s commitment to help address the current and projected health-care needs of the citizens of North Carolina, especially in underserved communities.

More information, click here.


Many Cultures, One Goal: Better Health