ECHO Current Weekly E-News

July 29, 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.


July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month  ***NEW***

For more information, click here.


Many Young Cancer Patients Unaware of Fertility Preservation Options   ***NEW***

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

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Colon Cancer Deaths Falling, But 3 U.S. Regions Lag Behind   ***NEW***

Rates aren’t improving as much in parts of the Mississippi Delta, Appalachia and eastern Virginia, study finds

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Early Antiretroviral Therapy Protects Sero-Discordant Couples from Transmission of HIV to Their Uninfected Partner   ***NEW***

These findings demonstrate that antiretroviral therapy, when taken until viral suppression is achieved and sustained, is a highly effective, durable intervention for HIV prevention.

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White Men May Get Better Treatment for Abnormal Heartbeat    ***NEW***

Women and minorities with atrial fibrillation less likely to receive standard of care, study says

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Sleep Problems May Contribute to Health Disparities in America   ***NEW***

Poor sleep, insomnia and sleep apnea are more common among minority groups, study shows

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

Millions of American women have poor access to gynecologic cancer care, a new study finds.

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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

Minority Mental Health Isn’t a Minor Issue    ***NEW***

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   ***NEW***

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.

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After Breast Cancer, Many in Appalachia Say No to Lifesaving Drugs    ***NEW***

About one-third of breast cancer survivors in the Appalachian region of the United States do not take potentially lifesaving drugs, even though their drugs are covered by insurance, a new study finds.

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Health Care Access Improves With Expansion of ‘Obamacare': CDC   ***NEW***

Report finds Hispanic adults saw biggest gains, but they still had more trouble getting medical care

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Many Young Cancer Patients Unaware of Fertility Preservation Options   ***NEW***

Almost 1 in 3 weren’t told cancer treatment might affect ability to have a baby later.

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

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 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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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.    ***NEW***

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.

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.


HBCU Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health (HBCU-CFE): Webinar. Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: The Importance of Talking & Tackling Trauma at HBCUs.  ***NEW***

July 30, 2015, 2:00 pm ET.

To Register, click here.

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

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.  ***NEW***

September 21-24, 2015 in Washington, DC.

To Register, click here.


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

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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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.


HHS/Indian Health Service (IHS): Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative   ***NEW***

Deadline is September 8, 2015.

More information, click here.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF): Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity – Round 9.  ***NEW***

Deadline is August 12, 2015.

Learn more.


National Indian Health Board (NIHB): Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative (ASI).   ***NEW***

Deadline is August 30, 2015.

Learn more.

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

Deadline is July 31, 2015.

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

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   ***NEW***

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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