ECHO Current Weekly E-News

October 20, 2014

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.


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Medicare Subsidy Helps Breast Cancer Patients Afford Treatment    ***NEW***

A Medicare subsidy program makes it more likely that breast cancer patients in all racial and ethnic groups will continue hormone therapy after surgery for their cancer, a new study found.

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Nearly 1 in 20 Cancer Patients Die Within Month of Surgery: Study    ***NEW***

Lack of access to quality care a major factor in these deaths, researchers say

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Tonsillectomy Complications May Be More Likely in Poor, Minority Kids     ***NEW***

Black and Hispanic children, and those from poor families, are at increased risk for complications after tonsil removal surgery, a new study finds.

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Obesity and Depression Often Twin Ills, Study Finds    ***NEW***

The combination was so common that 43 percent of depressed adults were also obese, according to the report. That association was even more prevalent among those taking antidepressants: 55 percent of those patients were also obese.

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Less Than Half of HIV-Positive U.S. Hispanics Are Getting Proper Care    

Even though Hispanics in the United States become infected with HIV at rates triple those of whites, less than half of Hispanics with the virus are receiving adequate treatment, a new report 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

Sherdinia Thompson-Dunn: Walking to Better Health After Breast Cancer     ***NEW***

Leading an active life can help women treated for breast cancer live longer and healthier lives. Just ask Sherdinia Thompson-Dunn, a ’67 graduate of UNC who found some pleasant surprises when she began a self-directed walking program following treatment for breast cancer.

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Study Casts Doubt on Plans to Scale up Preterm Birth Treatment in Low Resource Settings    ***NEW***

A study by a National Institutes of Health research network calls into question plans to increase access to steroid treatment for pregnant women in low resource settings at high risk for preterm birth. The study concluded that the treatment — a standard, life-saving practice in high income countries such as the United States — could potentially cause harm in low resource settings where many births take place outside the advance care hospitals that are standard in high income countries.

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Visualizing Health Policy: The 2014 Ebola Outbreak     

This Visualizing Health Policy infographic provides a snapshot of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. It includes key facts about the Ebola virus, shows how the number of Ebola cases in the current outbreak outstrips the case total from all previous Ebola outbreaks, and offers a summary of the key U.S. agencies responding to the crisis and the roles they are playing. In addition, it provides a look at the growing 2014 Ebola case count in West Africa compared to U.S. government funding commitments.

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HHS/Administration for Children & Families (ACF), Office of Community Services and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPSA): Webinar. Addressing the Intersection of Domestic Violence & Poverty.   ***NEW***

Date: October 28, 2014

Time: 1:30 pm ET.

More information, click here.

Population Health Scholarship Program   

The Population Health Scholarship Program is designed to bring emerging community health leaders to Washington for a week-long policy bootcamp, including participation in the 2015 National Health Policy Conference (NHPC), meetings with policymakers and community health stakeholders, and networking events with key advisors from AcademyHealth’s Translation and Dissemination Institute and the Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy (CAPP).

More information, click here.

Johns Hopkins University/Center for American Indian Health (CAIH): Scholarship for Winter Institute 2015   

Deadline is November 1, 2014

Institute courses are designed to introduce indigenous health leaders to public health approaches to address health disparities in tribal communities.

More information, click here.

Tools to Integrate Equity into Community Health Needs Assessments Webinar       

DATE: October 23, 2014
TIME: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm EDT

More information, click here.

Health Care Equity and Organizational Change: Training for a Purpose Webinar

This HPOE webinar, held with the Institute for Diversity, highlights Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), which was recognized as a finalist for the AHA’s inaugural Equity of Care Award for innovative and strategic methods for providing training to employees on issues of health care equity and culturally-appropriate care.

Date: October 29, 2014
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

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The Julius L. Chambers Visiting Scientist Program     ***NEW***

Health Disparities: Your Role in Overcoming the Plight
Featuring: Dr. Mona Fouad

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Location: B.N. Duke Auditorium
Time: 7:00pm

For more information, please contact Wallecia Eley at 919-530-6932 or

The Gillings School will host a free viewing of the “National Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health: Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health,” broadcast live from Washington, DC.   ***NEW***

The agenda is available for review on-line at

Date: October 22-24, 2014
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Location: 230 Rosenau Hall (Mayes Center)

Contact Angelica Figueroa,, if you are interested in attending.


Racism and Mental Health: A Study of African American College Students During the Transition to Young Adulthood      ***NEW***

Dr. Enrique Neblett
Associate Professor of Psychology

Date: November 6, 2014
Time: 3:30-5:00pm
Place: Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library

Sponsored by the Institute of African American Research


UNC ECHO Fall 2014 Seminar Series     

ECHO_Wheeler_Stephanie Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH 

Assistant Professor
Health Policy and Management, UNC



“Disparities in Breast Cancer Care Quality and Outcomes”

Date:   Friday, November 14, 2014
Time:  1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Place:  Rosenau Hall, Room 101
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Interactive Theatre Carolina is presenting a performance and facilitated discussion about media literacy and body image issues across genders and races.    


How immune are we to the ads that surround us?
Interactive Theatre Carolina Presents
What Are You Looking At?
An Interactive Performance & Discussion About
Body Image, Gender, Race, & Media Literacy

Date: November 3-5, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: UNC School of Social Work Auditorium
(Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building 325 Pittsboro Street)
Free Admission, Giveaways


American Heart Association and Macy’s: Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund   ***NEW***

Deadline is December 31, 2014


This is a tuition-focused scholarship for minority women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in healthcare fields.

More information, click here.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF): Epidemiology Grants. This grant supports hypothesis-driven research that focuses on the epidemiology, early detection, and prevention of childhood cancer    ***NEW***

Deadline is December 15, 2014

More information, click here.

HHS/Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA): Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program  

Deadline is November 14, 2014

More information, click here.


HHS/National Health Service Corps (NHSC): Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP)   ***NEW***

Provides funds to final year medical students in return for a commitment to provide primary health care for at least 3 years at an approved Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need. Deadline is November 13, 2014. Learn more.

More information, click here.


HHS/NIH, Division of Loan Repayment: Loan Repayment Programs (LRP)   ***NEW***

Repays the student loans of doctoral level, biomedical or behavioral scientists conducting research funded by nonprofit institutions. Deadline is November 17, 2014. Learn more

More information, click here.


American Heart Association and Macy’s: Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund   ***NEW***

Deadline is December 31, 2014

This is a tuition-focused scholarship for minority women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in healthcare fields.

More information, click here.

The White House: Summer 2015 White House Internship Program    ***NEW***

Deadline is January 11, 2015

This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President and engage them in public service opportunities.

More information, click here.


Many Cultures, One Goal: Better Health