|July 22, 2013|
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. Please send information to Brandolyn White at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 919-843-2755. Please forward your announcements by noon on Wednesdays. Announcements are sent out before COB on Mondays.
Illegal immigrants claim small share of U.S. health dollars, study finds.
Illegal immigrants account for only 1.4 percent of health spending in the United States and have lower health care costs than legal residents or naturalized and U.S.-born citizens, according to a new study.
This suggests they have insufficient access to health care, concludes study author Jim Stimpson, director of the Center for Health Policy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Race may be a factor in loss of sense of smell that comes with age.
Black and Hispanic Americans have a greater age-related decrease in their sense of smell than whites, a new study says.
Losing the ability to smell can lead to poor nutrition because food smells play a major role in how foods taste, the researchers noted. A declining sense of smell may also be an early warning sign of degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, and can be associated with an increased risk of early death.
Many black women prone to gene-driven breast cancer: Study
In an attempt to better understand the genetics of breast cancer, new research suggests that about 20 percent of black women with the disease have an abnormality on at least one of 18 genes previously linked to breast cancer vulnerability.
And those women with either aggressive "triple negative" breast cancer, early onset disease or a family history of breast and ovarian cancer are most likely to have such genetic abnormalities, the study authors said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health is recruiting individuals to feature in our next wave of CDC's national tobacco education campaign. Like the earlier Tips efforts, the 2014 campaign will feature real people who suffered severe health conditions caused directly by smoking or who have lost a family member from a smoking-related condition.
We are seeking people across all population groups, but particularly candidates who are Asians or Spanish speaking individuals. All applicants must be tobacco-free for at least 6 months. We are looking for ex-smokers:
Who have or have had colorectal cancer that was linked to cigarette smoking (ages 40-65).
Who have or have had periodontal disease (gum disease) identified by their dentist or doctor, due to their smoking (ages 30-60).
Who have HIV and have taken their medications as advised, but had their health get worse because of their smoking (men ages 25-50).
We are also looking for WOMEN who are ex-smokers:
Who have suffered from a heart attack due to smoking (ages 40-60).
Who have had lung cancer that was caused by smoking (ages 40-60).
Who smoked during their pregnancy and had a baby born with a cleft lip, cleft palate or low birth weight (less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces).
Who smoked during their pregnancy and experienced pre-term delivery (before 37 weeks), placental abruption, placental previa, fetal growth restriction, or premature rupture of the membranes (when the water breaks before labor starts).
We are looking for someone who lost a family member before the age of 55 due to one of the following smoking-related diseases: COPD, heart attack, stroke, lung cancer, throat cancer or colorectal cancer.
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UNC Center for Health Equity Research**New**
The work of the Center brings together scholars, trainees, and community members from diverse disciplines by forming collaborative multidisciplinary teams with a shared commitment to health equity, innovation and translational research; this shared commitment serves as a bridge among their disciplines and levels of experience. Center members generate new knowledge and contribute to the science of health equity research thus driving innovation in collaboration with underserved communities to improve health.
UNC-CH has a new Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research!
The Certificate Offers:
Training in the theoretical bases, rationale, methodologies, challenges, and motivation for carrying out research in equitable partnership with instead of on communities.
Exposure to participatory methods, ethical considerations, and research paradigms.
Faculty mentorship and guidance to help you develop your respective projects.
Connection to fellow graduate students, faculty, and community experts.
Forums for discussing, sharing and refining participatory ethics and methodologies.
Opportunities for students in all fields to gain experience by linking them to ongoing projects.
The Certificate is available to all graduate students across the University. It requires 10 hours of course credit over the student's career and is meant to complement the student's degree program.
The American Cancer Society announces Bridges Community Health Worker program. Bridges is a collaboration between Community Health Worker (CHW) programs and the American Cancer Society, South Atlantic Division to increase breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening through education and awareness. Since mid-2009, Bridges partnerships have taken place throughout Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia to reach low income, rural and minority populations.
Applications accepted 6/17/2013 to 8/23/2013
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is accepting applications for the 2013-2015 Prevention Fellowship Program.
National Cancer Institute Cancer Fellowship Program
Application Deadline: August 25, 2013
The NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program provides postdoctoral training opportunities in cancer prevention and control. The purpose of the program is to train individuals from a multiplicity of health sciences disciplines in the field of cancer prevention and control.
On July 29-31, 2013 the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in partnership with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) , National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , Office of Minority Health (OMH) , Indian Health Service (IHS) will host a meeting focused on identifying priorities for action to address environmental health disparities and environmental justice.
NC Cervical Cancer Coalition Summit
Strengthening Systems and Programs
Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Location: Raleigh Crabtree Marriott (Raleigh, NC)
Save the Date: 2013 Merrimon Lecture & Health Justice Conference
Comparing Approaches to Health Inequalities and Justice: A Dialogue on Theory, Method, and (Inter)Disciplinarity, Friday, October 4, 2013: 4:30 - 6 p.m. in Rosenau Auditorium
The Merrimon Lecture: Ruth R. Faden, PhD, MPH of Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Saturday, October 5, 2013: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. in Hyde Hall
The Merrimon lecture will be given by Dr. Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, co-author of Social Justice: The Moral Foundations of Public Health and Health Policy (2006). This text develops the compelling argument that achieving justice requires establishing institutional and structural arrangements that facilitate people's well-being, a position that we believe establishes a conceptual bridge between the many different contributors to the fields of justice and health inequalities. The Merrimon Lecture will be followed by a day-long conference on Saturday, October 5, consisting of three panels of four paper presentations, responses, and discussions, in which participants will engage with pre-circulated, original research papers, offering an opportunity to delve deeper into each others' arguments and approaches.
PNIH: Stigma Funding Opportunities.
Deadlines start in September of 2013
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research grant applications to characterize the role of stigma in health, life course development, and aging, both in the U.S. and globally, and to test interventions to prevent or reduce the impact of stigma at the individual, community, health care system, and policy levels. The goal of this FOA is to promote research addressing the health-related aspects of stigma, including the etiology and perpetuation of stigma; its impact on physical and mental health, well-being, life course development, and aging; its influence on health behaviors and on use, access to, and quality of received healthcare services; its contribution to health disparities affecting vulnerable demographic groups; and intervention strategies to reduce health-related stigma and/or the negative health and life course developmental impacts of stigma.
There are three different grant opportunities:
Pilot Studies Using Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to Address Cancer Health Equity
Deadline: October 15, 2013
The American Cancer Society is committed to reducing disparities in cancer burdens among population groups and to achieving health equity through its programmatic, research and advocacy strategies. The purpose of this call for applications is to stimulate research on effective interventions to reduce cancer health disparities (at any stage of the cancer continuum), using community-based participatory research (CBPR).
Applicants must be located in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin.
Go Red for Women Multicultural Scholarship Fund.
Deadline: November 30, 2013.
For racially and ethnically diverse women in at-risk communities, the need for passionate, strong voices in healthcare is critical.
That's because Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanics. And African American women have almost twice the risk of stroke than Caucasians. Yet, there's a shortage of diversity in female nurses and doctors.
Go Red For Women is committed to reversing those trends. That's why we invite women to apply for one of the 16 scholarships of $2,500 that will be awarded through the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund.
Community Outreach Coordinator **New**
4-H Youth Development & Family & Consumer Sciences (NCSU)
The Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences is guided by the mission of NC Cooperative Extension, which is to "help people put research-based knowledge to work for economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and an improved quality of life." The FCS program mission is to provide individuals, families and communities with dynamic, issue driven education to foster informed decision-making about human environmental concerns in a changing world. The 4-H program mission is to design and deliver youth-focused programs for diverse audiences in North Carolina in support of the overall 4-H program mission in North Carolina: "to create helping relationships to enable youth to become responsible, productive citizens."More information.
Community Programs Coordinator **New**
Office of Health Equity and Disparities
Duke Cancer Institute
The Office of Health Equity and Disparities (OHED), at the Duke Cancer Institute is implementing a cancer-focused health disparities initiative to address gaps in the quality of health and health care across racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. A Community Outreach Coordinator is needed to implement and sustain community programs that will be significant in addressing poor cancer outcomes among minority populations in Durham and Wake Counties, and surrounding areas. As part of the Office of Health Equity and Disparities, at Duke Cancer Institute, the successful candidate will possess expertise in public health, community engagement and health education methodologies, cultural competence, and implementing evidence-based programming. The ideal applicant should have a medical/public health background and speak English and Spanish fluently.
Private Sector Healthcare Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow
The Global Health Group
University of California, San Francisco
The Private Sector Healthcare Initiative (PSHi) is seeking an experienced researcher, writer, and statistician to spearhead the analysis and publication of results from the Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Care-Seeking (MNCCS) study. This 18-month project includes three sequential studies designed to understand the trends in key maternal and child health indicators, as well as the unique determinants of maternal health outcomes in urban settings.
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