ECHO Current Weekly E-News

February 28, 2017

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 please click here. Please forward your announcements by noon on Wednesdays. Announcements are sent out before COB on Mondays. The ECHO E-Bulletin will now be sent out on a biweekly basis beginning this fall.


February is Black History Month! 

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Too Many Stroke Victims Don’t Get Clot-Busting Drug ***NEW***

Blacks, Hispanics, women, seniors on Medicare and people in rural areas are less likely to receive the timely use of a powerful clot-busting drug.

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Air Pollution May Raise Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

A new study has found that exposure to high levels of air pollution may increase some Hispanic children’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Chronic Pain More Likely for Poor, Less Educated ***NEW***

A new study has found that chronic pain is significantly more common among poor, less educated older Americans.

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Non-English Speakers Less Likely to Be on Kidney Transplant List

A new study suggests that those who don’t speak English may be less likely to complete the kidney transplant evaluation necessary to be placed on a waiting list for a kidney.

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Black Americans Still Undertreated for HIV

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that blacks in America are still receiving less medical care and later treatment and diagnosis for HIV/AIDS.

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Teens May Go Hungry as Poorest Families Struggle to Feed Kids ***NEW***

A new study has found that in extremely poor families, teens often go hungry more than younger children.

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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

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes Screening Between Asian Americans and Other Adults

Asian Americans are at a high risk of developing diabetes, but were the least likely racial and ethnic group to receive the recommended screening.

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Racial Health Disparities Costing NC ***NEW***

In addition to the injustice of health disparities, the lack of health equity in North Carolina costs this state more than $500 million annually.

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Appointment of Dr. David R. Wilson as Director of the Tribal Health Research Office

David R. Wilson, Ph.D. was appointed as Director of the Tribal Health Research Office of the NIH on January 22, 2017 and began his job on February 13, 2017.

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Public Health Experts Celebrate 30 Years of CDC’s Prevention Research Solutions for Communities With Health Disparities ***NEW***

The Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program was created to bridge the gap between academic public health research and public health practice.

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EPA Faults N.C. Over Health of Minority Communities Near Hog Farms 

The EPA says the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has not done enough to reduce the problems that these facilities cause in surrounding communities.


Increasing Access and Caring for an Aging Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Population ***NEW***

This webinar will take place on March 3, 2017, 4:00 p.m. EST.

For more information, click here.

U-VDC Technical Grant Writing Workshop 

This two day workshop will take place on March 23-24, 2017 at Morgan State University in Baltimore, M.D.

For more information, click here.

Keeping the Ground Watered: Nourishing Community Engagement throughout the Research Continuum ***NEW***

This workshop will highlight community-engaged projects and share approaches on maintaining connections throughout all phases of research. It will take place on March 10, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:30.

For more information, click here.

Healthy People 2020 Midcourse Review ***NEW***

This report provides a snapshot of progress toward the Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives halfway through the 10-year initiative.

For more information, click here.


Annual Cancer Health Disparities Symposium

This is full-day symposium for researchers and scholars to disseminate novel research findings, facilitate professional development and generate new research collaborations in cancer health disparities research. This event will take place March 16-17, 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina. The Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) is also offering Region 1-South North Carolina Travel Awards! Please click here for more information about the awards.

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2017 NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute ***NEW***

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) from August 14 – 18, 2017.

For more information, click here.

Howard University of Health Disparities Research Summit 2017 ***NEW***

This summit will take place on April 7, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The theme of this summit is Building Multidisciplinary Approaches to Improve Health Equity Outcomes.

For more information, click here.

NHMA Congressional Briefing: The Future of Diversity in Healthcare Professions ***NEW***

National Hispanic Medical Association is holding briefing on the Future of Diversity in Healthcare Professions on March 16, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

For more information, click here.

Gender in the Global Research Landscape Report Symposium
This Symposium will be held on March 31st in Washington, DC and is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

For more information and to register, click here.

8th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit 

NIHB 2017 National Tribal Public Health Summit: Together We Rise: Sustaining Tribal Public Health as a National Priority, will be taking place June 6-8, 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska. The deadline to submit abstracts is March 17, 2017.

For more information, click here.

13th Circle of Harmony HIV/AIDS Wellness Conference

This conference will take place April 19-21, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM.

For more information, click here.


Mechanisms of Disparities in Chronic Liver Diseases and Cancer (R21) 

This FOA supports multidisciplinary innovative exploratory and developmental research to understand the underlying etiologic factors and the mechanisms that result in disparities in chronic liver diseases and cancer in the US. The next application deadline is May 22, 2017.

For more information, click here. 

Minority Youth Violence Prevention II (MYVP II): Integrating Social Determinants of Health and Community Policing Approaches

The deadline to apply for this funding opportunity is April 4, 2017.

For more information, click here.

 Partnerships to Achieve Health Equity 

The deadline to apply for this funding opportunity is March 31, 2017.

For more information, click here.

Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship in Health Policy Program

This program provides stipends for students to conduct research on some aspect of health care delivery transformation for vulnerable populations and/or early childhood health and development. Applications are due on April 9, 2017.

For more information, click here.

National Lupus Outreach and Clinical Trial Education Program (Lupus Program) 

The Lupus Program seeks to reduce lupus related health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations disproportionately affected by this disease. Applications are due March 31, 2017.

For more information, click here.

2017 Call for APHA Awards Nominations ***NEW***

APHA is seeking nominations of individuals who exemplify outstanding contributions to the field of Public Health and will be presented at the 2017 APHA Annual Meeting & Expo., Nov. 4-8, in Atlanta.

For more information, click here.

NCI/AcademyHealth Healthcare Delivery Research Visiting Scholars Program ***NEW***

This program is for mid-career scientists and is a year-long, funded, part-time opportunity to pursue projects at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Rockville, Maryland. Applications are due April 7, 2017.

For more information, click here.


MPH Lecturer

The Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a 50% time lecturer position to teach the practicum course required for MPH students.

For more information, click here.

Biostatistician ***NEW***

Yale University is seeking a biostatistician. Please apply online at

For more information, click here.

Lecturer or Senior Lecturer ***NEW***

The Department of Health Services at the University of Washington seeks to fill one full-time (100% FTE), faculty position as Lecturer or Senior Lecturer (non-tenure, 12 month renewable appointment) in the undergraduate Public Health Major.

For more information, click here.

Assistant Professor in Public Health and Health Education Programs ***NEW***

The School of Health Studies in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Northern Illinois University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in its Public Health and Health Education Programs anticipated to begin August 2017.

For more information, click here.

Associate or Full Professor

The Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (GSPHHP) at the City University of New York, is seeking an associate or full professor in a variety of public health fields.

For more information, click here.

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