ECHO Current Weekly E-News

December 15, 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.


December 1st is Worlds AIDS Day

World AIDS Day: Over the years, click here.


Progress Still Needed on ‘Race Gap’ in Older Americans’ Health    ***NEW***

Blacks have made some gains, especially in the West, but whites still fare better overall, study finds

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Men’s tumor types differ; survival is increasing but not as much as for women, study finds.    ***NEW***

One important difference is in the rates of survival. The study found that while survival for men with breast cancer has improved, it hasn’t kept pace with the strides made in treating breast cancer in women.

Read more.


Primary care can help tackle mental health care disparities among ethnic minorities    ***NEW***

Thirteen years since a U.S. surgeon general’s report declared that African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans and Native Americans receive lower quality mental health care in general than whites, there are still significant barriers to mental health services.

Read more.


Is HIV Becoming Less Contagious?    

New research in Africa suggests that the AIDS virus is getting smarter about evading the immune system while evolving into a less contagious and less lethal infection overall.

Read more.

Poorest Seniors at Risk for Repeat Hospital Stays    

Seniors from the poorest U.S. neighborhoods are at increased risk for repeat trips to the hospital for heart disease or pneumonia, a new study finds.

Read more.

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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

Experts examine HIV/AIDS epidemic in Pittsburgh area     ***NEW***

The treatments work. The Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment reports that 89 percent of its HIV patients now have undetectable viral loads. But only 30 percent of patients undergo long-term treatment, with 20 percent of the 3,000 people with HIV/​AIDS countywide yet to be diagnosed.

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Gay Men Could Soon Donate Blood     ***NEW***

The policy has been in place since 1983, “when the risk of [contracting] AIDS from transfusion was first recognized,” the FDA website reads, and “a history of male-to-male sex is associated with an increased risk for exposure to and transmission of certain infectious diseases, including HIV.”

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Experts launch new interdisciplinary scientific collaboration to improve health in urban areas     ***NEW***

Aiming to empower planners and policy-makers to achieve better health for billions of people living in fast-growing urban areas, world health, environmental, behavioural and social science experts today launched a major new interdisciplinary scientific collaboration.

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Empathic partnership: A health care model for marginalized populations    ***NEW***

As a woman of sexual minority, Nicole Flemmer has encountered medical misinformation and false assumptions. She was once diagnosed with “ego dystonic homosexuality” – a long-discredited term – without her knowledge or an appropriate discussion with the doctor. She discovered the notation years later when she happened to glance at her medical chart.

Read more.

Truvada, a Pill to Fight HIV, Stirs Controversy Among Gays      

It would have seemed the stuff of fantasy in the dark days of the 1980s, when an AIDS diagnosis was tantamount to a death sentence: a pill, taken daily, that could protect against HIV infection.

Read more.

CDC Endorses Circumcision for Health Reasons     

U.S. health officials are poised to endorse circumcision as a means of preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Read more.


The National Research Mentoring Network    ***NEW***

Monitoring to Diversify the Biomedical Workforce Supported by the NIH

More information, click here.


Health Disparities in Neuroscience-related Disorders (HDND) MS Program   ***NEW***

More information, click here.


Equity of Care – Making It Happen    

This handy visual aid illustrates the main points from “2013 Diversity and Disparities: A Benchmark Study of U.S. Hospitals”

More information, click here.

 New Health Disparities and Advocacy Curriculum for High School Students   

The free curriculum includes lesson plans, assignments and experiential learning activities related to understanding health disparities and health and wellness promotion.

More information, click here.

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF): Visiting Professor (VP) Program – Training Program for Scientists Conducting Research to Reduce HIV/STI Health Disparities.   

Deadline is January 16, 2014

For more information, click here.


Registration is now open for the 36th Annual Minority Health Conference    ***NEW***

Topic: Economic Mobility and Minority Health

February 27, 2015
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, Chapel Hill, NC

More information, click here.


University Hospitals Journey to Increase Diversity     

University Hospitals Journey to Increase Diversity in Leadership and Reduce Health Care Disparities.

Location:  December 16, 2014
Time:  2:30-3:30 p.m. ET
Time:  1:30-2:30 p.m. CT

For more information, click here.

Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy:  Eighth Health Disparities Conference   

Date: March 12–14, 2015

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Submission Deadline: January 16, 2015

More information, click here.


The Fostering Interdisciplinary Research Explorations (FIRE) grant program is a pilot funding initiative for Carolina Faculty   ***NEW***


More information, click here.


Breast Cancer Patient Navigation Programs: Navigation Following Abnormal Findings   

Full Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 1:00p.m. Central Time

More information, click here.

Alliance Cancer Control Program Pilot Project Funds    

Applications must be submitted no later than February 1, 2015

The Alliance is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support pilot projects in the Cancer Control Program, including cancer prevention, risk assessment, screening, symptom intervention, surveillance, health outcomes research, and specific population groups, including minority and underserved, elderly, and adolescent and young adult populations.

More information, click here.

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)/Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (MCHRC): Supporting Community Health Resources – Building Capacity, Expanding Access, and Improving Population Health Grant Program.  

Deadline is December 16, 2014

For more information, click here.

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

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.


Faculty Position — Dept. of Health Disparities Research at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center   ***NEW***

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Department of Health Disparities Research, is accepting applications for tenure-track / tenured faculty position at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level in any area of health disparities research.

More information, click here.

Center for Health Equity Research Postdoctoral Fellow
UNC-Chapel Hill

Application Deadline: January 15, 2015

More information, click here.

University of Michigan School of Public Health (UM-SPH): Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP)  

The FPHLP is a 10-week residential summer program that encourages underrepresented college students to consider careers in public health.

Deadline is January 31, 2014

More information, click here.

 Mount Sinai/Icahn School of Medicine: International Exchange Program for Minority Students   

Undergraduate, master or doctoral degree students will work on research projects under the guidance of prominent international scientists in one of six countries in Latin America, Europe or Africa.

Deadline is January 31, 2014.

More information, click here.

HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN): HPTN Scholars Program   

The program seeks to increase opportunities for scientists from groups under-represented in HIV prevention research.

Deadline is January 16, 2015

More information, click here.

Morehouse School of Medicine/Satcher Health Leadership Institute: Health Policy Leadership Fellowship Program   

This program will provide physicians and postdoctoral professionals with knowledge, skills, and experiences to prepare them for leadership roles promoting policies and practices to reduce health disparities. Deadline is January 16, 2014. Learn more.

More information, click here.


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