ECHO Current Weekly E-News

August 10, 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.


August is National Breastfeeding Month

For more information, click here.


U.S. Dialysis Patients Increasingly Live in Poor Areas   ***NEW***

One-third with kidney failure come from low-income neighborhoods, study finds

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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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For Pregnant Military Wives, Risks Rise if Partner Deployed    ***NEW***

Odds for preterm birth, postpartum depression triples, Fort Bragg study finds.

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Higher-Dose, Short-Duration Radiation Better for Early Breast Cancer: Study    ***NEW***

“Patients who received the shorter course reported less difficulty in caring for their families’ needs. This is a major priority for women undergoing breast cancer radiation,” study first author Dr. Simona Shaitelman, from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, said in a center news release.

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‘Yo-Yo’ Dieting Won’t Raise Cancer Risk, Study Finds    ***NEW***

This type of dieting, also called weight cycling, features repeated episodes of weight loss followed by weight gain. Previous research has suggested that weight cycling may trigger biological processes that could lead to cancer.

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Many Young Cancer Patients Unaware of Fertility Preservation Options   

Many young cancer patients — especially females — have limited awareness about options to preserve their fertility, a new study shows.

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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

Capital Impact Partners Provides $27.5 Million in Financing to Support Underserved Communities   ***NEW***

These projects are expected to increase access to health care services, dignified aging options, healthy food, and education for low-income people in seven states, while also creating nearly 250 jobs.

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Liquid Nicotine From E-Cigs Poses Poison Danger to Kids    ***NEW***

Nicotine poisoning is a growing concern for American children, but proposed U.S. federal government regulations alone aren’t enough to solve the problem, an expert says.

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Yawn! School Starts Too Early for Teens, CDC Says   ***NEW***

Early school start times are preventing many adolescents from getting the sleep they need, experts say.

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Center for Aging and Health Receives Federal Grant    ***NEW***

The UNC Center for Aging and Health has been awarded a $2.55 million grant funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration and designed to impact the aging populations of North Carolina.

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UNC evidence review finds excess tobacco marketing in neighborhoods with more low-income and more African-American residents   ***NEW***

Researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sought to identify evidence of excess tobacco marketing being associated with the characteristics of who lives in a given neighborhood. Tobacco marketing in retail stores is one of the most common ways the tobacco industry reaches youth and adults.

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Minority Mental Health Isn’t a Minor Issue    

I found out that people in diverse communities are less likely to use mental health services. When they do, they often receive poorer quality of care, making their experiences even more alarming.

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Georgia State and Morehouse partner to reduce diabetes, cardiovascular disease rates in southwest Atlanta   

The School of Public Health at Georgia State University has received nearly $400,000 in grant funds to support a three-year effort to reduce rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in African-American neighborhoods in southwest Atlanta.

Read more.


Community Navigator training in Spanish   ***NEW***

Date: 9/12/15

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: N.C. Cancer Hospital, Conference Room 1

NC Health promoters are welcome to participate in this educational training in Spanish, “Community Navigation Training Program: A National Framework to Achieve Health Equity.”

More information, click here.


National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP): New report. The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Asian India, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Pakistani, and Vietnamese Americans.    

This report highlights how many Asian ethnic subgroups have high rates of uninsurance and face key social gaps including lower income, low English proficiency, and education.

Read full report, click here.


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.   

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.


UNC Football: Cancer Awareness Game    ***NEW***

Date: 10/17/15

Time: 12:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.

Location: Kenan Memorial Stadium- 104 Stadium Drive, Chapel Hill, NC

More information, click here.


Head For The Cure 5K   ***NEW***

Date: 11/7/15

Time: 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Location: Koka Booth Amphitheatre

More information, click here.

Ingredients: A Documentary Film   ***NEW***

Date: Friday, August 21, 2015

Time: 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

A celebration of the farmers and chefs who are creating a truly sustainable food system that brings good food back to the table and health back to our communities.

The screenings are sponsored by the Library’s Diversity Programming and Education Committee.

More information, click here.

Geographic Health Equity Alliance: Registration now open for the 2015 Geographic Health Equity Symposium, #WhereMatters.   ***NEW***

Date: September 10-11, 2015

Location: New Orleans, LA.

More information, click here.


Celebration of the 15th year of the SOHS and its Work in Communities to Establish Equity in Health and Healthcare   

Sustaining and Strengthening Communities to Improve Health Outcomes

Date: September 17, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: The Millennium Center
Winston –Salem, NC 27101

For further information contact Dr. Sylvia A. Flack at 336 750 8360 or


National Indian Health Board (NIHB): Registration now open for the Annual Consumer Conference, Native Health 2015: Policy, Advocacy and the Business of Medicine.  

September 21-24, 2015 in Washington, DC.

To Register, click here.


Accelerating Health Equity, Advancing through Discovery (AHEAD)    ***NEW***

Proposals due: October 16, 2015

More information, click here.

 Improving Human Health Awards   ***NEW***

In July, TraCS announced the first 2 awardees in this new pilot award program aimed at supporting projects with a high potential to accelerate the development of novel therapeutics/diagnostics with the goal of improving human health. A revised broadened Improving Human Health RFA was released on July 13th.

Up to $100,000 of funding over 18 months will be provided and these awards will not require matching funds.

Submission Due Date: October 6, 2015

More information, click here.


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

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.

HHS/NIH, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD): Building Population Health Research Capacity in the US Affiliated Pacific Islands (U24) Grant.   ***NEW***

Deadline for letters of intent is November 9, 2015.

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.


ENRICH: A training opportunity for nurses to part in the fourth cohort of ENRICH (Educating Nurses about Reproductive Issues in Cancer Healthcare)   

ENRICH is a web-based training program that includes psychosocial, biological, clinical and skill building modules to help oncology nurses communicate timely and relevant information regarding reproductive health to their adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients.

All applicants can also access the application and information about the program by visiting

For specific questions, please contact Meghan Bowman, Research Coordinator at or 813-745-6941.

2015 AACR Clinical and Translational Cancer Research Fellowships   

The AACR Clinical and Translational Cancer Research Fellowships represent a joint effort to encourage and support postdoctoral or clinical research fellows to conduct clinical and/or translational cancer research. Proposed research projects may be in any area of clinical and/or translational cancer research.

More information, click here.


NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program   

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.


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