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Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust - Investing In Impact 


The Trust will accept applications in all four of the Health Care Division’s Issue Areas. As indicated below, proposals in these areas will be limited by the 2016 Tier designation of the county served. The Trust is monitoring policy discussions on phasing out the Tier system, and we are working with state experts to develop alternative measures for identifying economically distressed regions. Grantmaking will continue to represent our long-term commitment to our Healthy Places NC countiesand to rural North Carolina. Projects serving Healthy Places NC counties areeligible for all Trust funding opportunities. We will announce one or more additional Healthy Places NC counties in 2017 as we move toward our public commitment of investing $100 million in 10 to 12 rural counties over 10 to 15 years.  (more)




New NIH-EPA Research Centers to Study Environmental Health Disparities

 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund five new research centers to improve health in communities overburdened by pollution and other environmental factors that contribute to health disparities. Within each center, scientists will partner with community organizations to study environmental health disparities and develop culturally appropriate ways to reduce exposure to harmful environmental conditions.  (more)




HHS Office for Civil Rights in Action PhotoHHS finalizes rule to improve health equity under the Affordable Care Act

Final rule prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability; enhances language assistance for individuals with limited English proficiency; and protects individuals with disabilities

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a final rule to advance health equity and reduce health care disparities. Under the rule, individuals are protected from discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity and sex stereotyping. In addition to implementing Section 1557’s prohibition on sex discrimination, the final rule also enhances language assistance for people with limited English proficiency and helps to ensure effective communication for individuals with disabilities. The protections in the final rule and Section 1557 regarding individuals’ rights and the responsibilities of many health insurers, hospitals, and health plans administered by or receiving federal funds from HHS build on existing federal civil rights laws to advance protections for underserved, underinsured, and often excluded populations. 

The Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities final rule implements Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which is the first federal civil rights law to broadly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded health programs. Previously, civil rights laws enforced by HHS’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) broadly barred discrimination based only on race, color, national origin, disability, or age.

“A central goal of the Affordable Care Act is to help all Americans access quality, affordable health care.  Today’s announcement is a key step toward realizing equity within our health care system and reaffirms this Administration's commitment to giving every American access to the health care they deserve," said HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.

The final rule helps consumers who are seeking to understand their rights and clarifies the responsibilities of health care providers and insurers that receive federal funds. The final rule also addresses the responsibilities of issuers that offer plans in the Health Insurance Marketplaces. Among other things, the final rule prohibits marketing practices or benefit designs that discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The final rule also prohibits discriminatory practices by health care providers, such as hospitals that accept Medicare or doctors who participate in the Medicaid program. 

The final rule prohibits the sex discrimination in health care including by:

  • Requiring that women must be treated equally with men in the health care they receive.  Other provisions of the ACA bar certain types of sex discrimination in insurance, for example by prohibiting women from being charged more than men for coverage.  Under Section 1557, women are protected from discrimination not only in the health coverage they obtain but in the health services they seek from providers. 
  • Prohibiting denial of health care or health coverage based on an individual’s sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity, and sex stereotyping.  

It also includes important protections for individuals with disabilities and enhances language assistance for people with limited English proficiency including by:

  • Requiring covered entities to make electronic information and newly constructed or altered facilities accessible to individuals with disabilities and to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services for individuals with disabilities. 
  • Requiring covered entities to take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to individuals with limited English proficiency.  Covered entities are also encouraged to develop language access plans.

While the final rule does not resolve whether discrimination on the basis of an individual’s sexual orientation status alone is a form of sex discrimination under Section 1557, the rule makes clear that OCR will evaluate complaints that allege sex discrimination related to an individual’s sexual orientation to determine if they involve the sorts of stereotyping that can be addressed under 1557. HHS supports prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination as a matter of policy and will continue to monitor legal developments on this issue.

The final rule states that where application of any requirement of the rule would violate applicable Federal statutes protecting religious freedom and conscience, that application will not be required. 

For more information about Section 1557, including factsheets on key provisions and frequently asked questions, visit http://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/section-1557

To learn more about non-discrimination and health information privacy laws, your civil rights, and privacy rights in health care and human service settings, and to find information on how to file a complaint, visit us at www.hhs.gov/ocr



Grant Opportunities


Health Services Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R21)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage innovative exploratory and developmental health services research to improve minority health and/or reduce health disparities at the health care system-level as well as within clinical settings. (more)

  Health Services Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities  (R01)   
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage innovative health services research that can directly and demonstrably contribute to the improvement of minority health and/or the reduction of health disparities at the health care system-level as well as within clinical settings. (more)


Teaching Resililence:  A Workshop

Presented by R. Scott Boots on April 29, 2016 in Babcock Auditorium, Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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R. Scott Boots, Founder and Director of The Health Cares Exchange Initiative, received his MPA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and he also a graduate of the University of Iowa and Interlochen Center for the Arts.  A caregiver himself, he has worked as a training and administration consultant with the Massachusetts Departments of Environmental Protection, Social Services and Public Health, and he served as Co-Chair of Pastoral Care and Chair of the AIDS Support Committee at Trinity Church in the City of Boston. After founding HCEI in 1992, Scott studied wellness at the Touch Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Mass., and the Mind-Body Clinic at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His seminars have been presented to thousands of people around the world.

 

 

 


Wonderful lecture from Dr. Donna McCree, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Associate Director for Health Equity Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention April 4, 2016! Dr. McCree spoke on "Gaps in Prevention Research for Addressing HIV-Related Disparities in the United States".

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Healthy Eating Research Releases 2016 Call for Proposals

Healthy Eating Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity: black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander children, and children who live in lower-income communities. Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic, eliminate disparities, and help all children achieve a healthy weight.

This call for proposals (CFP) is for two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The award types are: Round 10 grants and RWJF New Connections grants awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program. 

Approximately $2.6 million will be awarded under this CFP for the two award types.

Round 10 Grants

  • The Round 10 grants represent the majority of RWJF’s investment in research through this program.
  • Approximately $2.4 million will be awarded through Round 10. Each grant will award up to $190,000 for a maximum funding period of 18 months.
  • There are two deadlines for receipt of concept papers: May 11, 2016 and August 3, 2016 (both by 3 p.m. ET).

RWJF New Connections Grants Awarded Through Healthy Eating Research

  • These grants are to support policy-relevant research of early-career investigators from backgrounds that are underrepresented in research disciplines supported by RWJF or historically disadvantaged. For the purpose of this CFP, only new investigators, defined as individuals who received their doctorate or terminal degree within 10 years prior to the award date for the grant (after December 1, 2006) are eligible to apply.
  • Up to two RWJF New Connections grants will be awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program in this round of funding. Awards will be for 12- to 18-month grants of up to $100,000 each.
  • Deadline for receipt of concept papers: June 1, 2016 (3 p.m. ET).

More details and how to apply

 


New Campaign Targets 86 Million Americans with Prediabetes

A new bilingual ad campaign targets 86 million Americans with prediabetes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 90% of people with prediabetes don’t know they have it and aren’t aware of the long-term risks to their health, including type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. Among Latinos more than 16 percent have prediabetes and diabetes type 2 combined, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Medical experts suggest that if current trends continue, 15 to 20 percent of Americans with prediabetes will develop diabetes within five years.  But with plenty of exercise, weight loss and diet change prediabetes can be reversed.  (more)


WFBMC/WFU Reynolda Campus Cross-Campus Pilot Grant Request for Applications (RFA) 
Focused on Health Disparities
2016-2017


Pilot Project RFA Description
Racial and ethnic health disparities are pervasive and complex in origin. To that end, the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE) of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC) and the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University are collaborating to provide funds to support two pilot research projects focused on health disparities. Examples would include studies that define and or address differences in health outcomes or indicators of access or quality of health care across populations according to race/ethnicity, gender, geographic residence, sexual orientation, age, and/or disability status. This award is open to WFBMC and eligible WFU Reynolda Campus faculty who are working collaboratively as co-Principal Investigators. WFU Reynolda Campus faculty should consult the “Who can be a PI?” policy: http://research.wfu.edu/policies/principal-investigator/ for eligibility information.

Applicants may request up to $25,000 to complete a one-year project. Funds may be used to support project management staff, equipment and supplies, travel, and other resources to ensure successful data collection. Successful submissions must have within their grant application a delineation of a clear path to development of an extramural grant submission using data from the pilot project.

See award expectations and guidelines here.


 

Develop Your Career

The NextProf Science 2016 Workshop will help you - a talented scientist with a demonstrated commitment to diversity - explore what is involved in pursuing exciting and rewarding careers in academic research institutions.

Listen, Learn, Network

At NextProf Science, you will learn:

  1. how to form a teaching & mentoring philosophy
  2. how to build a successful research program
  3. how the faculty search process works
  4. why a network is important

See flyer for more information



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Conference on the Politics of Health in the U.S. South

March 17-18, 2016
Vanderbilt  University
Nashville, TN

The Vanderbilt Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) initiative and the Vanderbilt Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, are sponsoring a conference on The Politics of Health in the U.S. South to be held March 17-18, 2016, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. 
  
The conference organizers invite 250-word abstracts for individual or group presentations, posters, works-in-progress, or artistic and literary expressions for an interactive interdisciplinary conference that explores the politics of health in the U.S. South.  The call is open to all, but the organizers particularly seek work by faculty and students at Vanderbilt, Meharry, Fisk, MTSU, and other local universities, as well as by Nashville-area groups, that examine the project’s central themes:  
  • Healthcare reform and its discontents; 
  • Race, faith, health and the U.S. South; 
  • Southern food politics; 
  • U.S. South-Global South 
  • Southern LGBTI health; 
  • Militaries and masculinities in the south; 
  • Psyche and society in the south; 
  • Legacies of violence, aggression, and self-protection 
  • Structural problems, structural solutions.  

(more)

 


Winston Salem Has Been Named a Pilot Site for Community Innovation Labs by EmcArts

Winston-Salem recently was selected through a highly competitive process as one of two U.S. cities to pilot a Community Innovation Lab, a new approach to solving tough social challenges by deeply integrating artists and artistic practices into a rigorously facilitated change process.

 

Over the next six months, the Lab will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders including city agencies, community organizers, business leaders, artists, cultural organizations, and nonprofit service providers, to begin to address inequities in employment, income, and wealth in the city.  (more)


Two Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity Affiliates Win Faculty Research Awards!


The Faculty Research Awards honor investigators, mentors and scientific teams that demonstrated outstanding scientific achievement in the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s research effort. The 2015 winners have been chosen by the selection committee and will be recognized during the WFSM Research Awards Day Symposium on May 6, 2015 from 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM in the Commons Conference Rooms, Nutrition Research Center. 

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  Carlos J. Rodriguez, MD, MPH   Mara Vitolins, Dr.PH 
 Mid-Career Clinical Sciences Investigator   Team Science Award 





Research, Relationships Road to Reducing Health Disparities

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A new collaboration between two programs dedicated to eliminating health disparities, both named for female African-American civil rights leaders, isn't your traditional agreement.

"So many groups work in silos," said Dr. Bettina Beech, University of Mississippi Medical Center associate vice chancellor for population health and professor of pediatrics and family medicine.

She says that won't be the case in a budding research relationship between UMMC's Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity in Winston-Salem, N.C. The two entities have recently signed a memorandum of understanding, or MOU, that details their plans to together perform health disparities research across multiple platforms. (more)

 


Research Study Opportunity in the Center for Diabetes Research

Do you have a family history of type 2 diabetes?  

We are currently enrolling large families in which there are four or more living siblings to study the early signs of diabetes risk in people at risk for developing diabetes in the future. 

If you are eligible to participate, you will be asked to complete a onetime study visit including the following at no cost to you:

  • Lab work
  • Brief physical exam
  • Metabolic testing (only in family members without type 2 diabetes)

You will be compensated for your participation.

Please call 336-713-8455 or 713-7531 for more information.




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Dr. Ronny Bell was interviewed on the Triad Today show on June 3rd, 2015 about health disparities and the work that the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity is doing to address health disparities.  (watch video)





The Sticht Center on Aging, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity and the Hypertension and Vascular Research Center, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Pilot Grant Request for Applications (RFA)
Health Disparities in Aging and Cardiometabolic Diseases
2015 - 2016


Pilot Project RFA Description
Racial and ethnic health disparities are pervasive and complex in origin. These disparities are particularly prominent in cardiometabolic diseases. To that end, The Sticht Center on Aging, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity and the Hypertension and Vascular Research Center are collaborating to provide funds to support one pilot research project focused on Health Disparities in Aging and Cardiometabolic Diseases (including heart disease, stroke and other vascular diseases, diabetes/pre-diabetes, hypertension/pre-hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obesity, inflammation). This award is open to WFBMC faculty who are current members of one or more of these Centers. Additionally, external collaborations from other institutions are encouraged.

Applicants may request up to $30,000 to complete a one-year project. Funds may be used to support project management staff, equipment and supplies, travel, and other resources to ensure successful data collection. Successful submissions must have within their grant application a delineation of a clear path to development of an extramural grant submission using data from the pilot project. Applicants are also encouraged to utilize resources of the Cores of each of the Center. More information on these resources is available on the Centers’ websites:
• Sticht Center on Aging: http://www.wakehealth.edu/agingresearch/
• Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity:http://www.wakehealth.edu/MACHE/
• Hypertension and Vascular Research Center: http://www.wakehealth.edu/Hypertension   (more)


AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar

September 18-19, 2015
The Westin Buckhead Atlanta
Atlanta, ,GA

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new professional development program for mid-career minority faculty. The 2015 Mid-Career Minority Faculty Development Seminar will take place in September in Atlanta. This new AAMC program is designed specifically for individuals at the associate professor level who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine.  (more information)


Healthy Eating Research Releases 2015 Call for Proposals

Healthy Eating Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity: Black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander children, and children who live in lower-income communities. Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic, eliminate disparities, and help all children achieve a healthy weight.

This call for proposals (CFP) is for two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The award types are: Round 9 grants and RWJF New Connections grants awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program. 

Approximately $2.75 million will be awarded under this CFP for the two award types.

Round 9 Grants

  • The Round 9 grants represent the majority of RWJF’s investment in research through this program.
  • Approximately $2.55 million will be awarded through Round 9. Each grant will award up to $190,000 for a maximum funding period of 18 months.
  • There are two deadlines for receipt of concept papers: June 24, 2015 and August 12, 2015 (both by 3 p.m. ET).

RWJF New Connections Grants Awarded Through Healthy Eating Research

  • These grants are to support policy-relevant research of early-career investigators from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities, including researchers from ethnic or racial minority or lower-income communities, first-generation college graduates, or others who historically have been disadvantaged and underrepresented in research disciplines supported by RWJF. For the purpose of this CFP, only new investigators, defined as individuals who received their doctorate or terminal degree within 10 years prior to the award date for the grant (after December 15, 2005) are eligible to apply.
  • Up to two RWJF New Connections grants will be awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program in this round of funding. Awards will be for 12- to 18-month grants of up to $100,000 each.
  • Deadline for receipt of concept papers: July 1, 2015 (3 p.m. ET).

More details and how to apply


Rhodes Scott DuaneCenter Affiliate, Scott Rhodes, Named Social Sciences and Health Policy Chair

D. Rhodes, PhD, MPH, Professor of Public Health Sciences and affiliate of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy (SSHP) in the Division of Public Health Sciences, effective May 1, 2015. 

Dr. Rhodes is a recognized expert in the development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of behavioral, structural, and policy interventions to reduce health disparities among vulnerable communities, including rural populations, Latinos, and sexual and gender-identity minorities in the United States and internationally. Areas of expertise include sexual health, HIV and sexually transmitted disease prevention, access to health care, medication adherence, substance use, and other health disparities.  (more)


2015 NC Health Professions' Diversity Conference

August 27-28, 2015
Grandover Hotel and Conference Center
Greensboro, NC
This NC Health Professions' Diversity Conference will showcase "best practices" in health professions workforce diversity and provide opportunities for collaborative learning and sharing.  
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Professional Development Opportunities for Grads and Postdocs

 

We would like to share information on two programs sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology 

  • The ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Fellowship Program allows an individual to earn a three year stipend of up to $21,000/year and receive professional development opportunities.  This Fellowship is aimed at minority graduate students enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the microbiological sciences. Deadline is May 1st. Learn more here: bit.ly/watkins15sp.
  • The ASM Kadner Institute gives individuals personalized guidance in grant preparation and review, and a closely guided experience for choosing and succeeding in a microbiology career. Deadline is May 31st. Learn more here: bit.ly/kadner15sp

Dr. Angelou Stamp Announcement


Media Advisory: WFU presence at Maya Angelou's April 7 stamp dedication


Wake Forest University faculty, staff and alumni will be among those present for the dedication ceremony of the Maya Angelou Forever Stamp in Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 7:

  • Melissa Harris-Perry (’94), Presidential Endowed Chair in Politics and International Affairs, Executive Director of Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate Institute and MSNBC host, who will serve as the master of ceremonies;
  • Barbee Myers Oakes (’80), Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion; and
  • Wade Stokes (’83), Assistant Dean.

(more)

 


Save-the-Date

   

2015 NIMHD Translational Health Disparities Course

Integrating Principles of Science, Practice and Policy in Health Disparities Research

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will again host a course on the science of health disparities this summer. The course will take place on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, from August 3, 2015 to August 14, 2015

This two-week intensive course will provide specialized instruction on the concepts, principles, methods, and applications of health disparities science, practice, and policy. It will also integrate principles and practice of community engagement. Nationally and internationally recognized experts in health disparities science will lead individual sessions. 

Cost: The course is free, but admission is competitive and daily attendance is mandatory. Participants are responsible for transportation, room and board.

How to Apply: The due date for application submission is June 1st, 2015. The online application process will be opening soon via the NIMHD website www.nimhd.nih.gov

Application Information: The following comprises the application packet:

Completed online application must include:

  • Relevant professional experience (250 word limit);
  • Educational history including honors and awards (250 word limit);
  • Essay describing interest in the course and how it will contribute to work/future career goals in the area of health disparities (350 word limit); and
  • Letter of recommendation addressing in concrete and specific terms strengths, personal qualities, and relevance of course for career trajectory (350 word limit).  

**Once the applicant submits the application, it will generate an automatic e-mail to the applicant’s reference, requesting a recommendation. An application is not complete until the reference submits the letter of recommendation.

Course Contact

• For additional information, contact the course planning committee at NIMHDHealthDC@mail.nih.gov



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On what would have been her 87th birthday today, join us as we honor and  remember Dr. Maya Angelou; a true lady and inspiration to many.

 


2015 Herbert W. Nickens Award



The AAMC is soliciting nominations for its annual Herbert W. Nickens Awards.  These awards honor individuals who advance the educational, societal, and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.  We encourage you to disseminate this call for nominations and consider colleagues and students for these awards.  The nomination deadline for the three awards below is May 1, 2015.

The Herbert W. Nickens Presidential Award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in promoting justice in medical education and health care equity in the United States.  The recipient receives a $10,000 award and present the Herbert W. Nickens Lecture at the Learn Serve Lead: The 2015 AAMC Annual Meeting.  Nominees may come from the fields of medicine, dentistry, education, law, nursing, public health, or social and behavioral sciences.  

The Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship recognizes an outstanding junior faculty member who has held the assistant professor position no more than three years and has demonstrated leadership in the United States in addressing inequities in medical education and health care; demonstrated efforts in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities; and is committed to a career in academic medicine. The fellowship recipient receives a $15,000 grant to support their academic and professional activities.

The Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships are awarded to five outstanding students entering their third year of medical school who have shown leadership in efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care and demonstrated leadership efforts in addressing educational, societal, and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.  Each recipient receives a $5,000 scholarship.

For questions, please contact Angela Moses at 202.862.6203, email NickensAwards@aamc.org, or visit /www.aamc.org/initiatives/awards/



Dr. Ronny A. Bell Appointed to the ADA National Health Disparities Committee


Bell Ronny ARonny A. Bell, PhD, MS, professor, Epidemiology & Prevention and Director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, has been appointed to the ADA National Health Disparities Committee.

The ADA Health Disparities Committee will advise development of evidence-based Consumer Standards that are based on the Association’s “Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes”. The committee will provide expert guidance in the areas of content development, community education, outreach and training, and program evaluation for type 2 diabetes focusing on high risk populations most burdened by the disease.


 Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity

NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and to apply that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. To achieve this mission, NIH substantially invests in research to improve public health; it also devotes substantial resources to identify, develop, support and maintain the quality of its scientific resources, including human capital.

 The purpose of this notice is to provide an updated diversity statement that describes NIH's interest in the diversity of the NIH-funded workforce. This diversity statement was informed by a literature review, the reports and deliberations of several internal NIH committees, as well as input from Institute and Center officials, program staff and external stakeholders.  (see Notice here


 

Charlene  Hunt - NCAIHBNovember is American Indian Heritage Month, and in North Carolina we have particular cause to celebrate. Our state has the largest American Indian population east of the Mississippi. This includes one federally recognized tribe—the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians—and several state-recognized tribes. 

“The largest tribe in the state, the Lumbee, is based in Robeson County,” said Charlene Hunt, program coordinator for the North Carolina American Indian Health Board in the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity. “Our state also has large concentrations of American Indians in urban regions, and there are urban Indian centers in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Fayetteville.” (more)



Grant Opportunities

System-Level Health Services and Policy Research on Health Disparities (R01) - The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit innovative system-level health services and policy research that can directly and demonstrably contribute to the elimination of health disparities.  (more

NIMHD Academic Research Enhancement Award: Enhancing Health Disparities Research at Undergraduate Institutions (R15) -  The NIMHD encourages institutions that are eligible to apply for support through the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) program to submit applications for innovative research projects focused on minority health and health disparities. Awards are intended to support small-scale projects proposed by faculty members at eligible institutions to expose students to meritorious research and to strengthen the research environment of participating institutions. This initiative also seeks to stimulate interest in health disparities research careers among undergraduate students through hands-on participation in original research.

Technologies for Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R41/R42) -  This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications that propose to develop    a product, process or service for commercialization with the aim of reducing disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes.  Appropriate technologies should be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and deliverable to racial/ethnic minorities, low-income and rural populations.  (more)

Innovations for Healthy Living - Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R43) -  This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to develop    a product, process or service for commercialization with the aim of reducing disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes.  Appropriate technologies should be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and deliverable to racial/ethnic minorities, low-income and rural populations. (more)

 



Dr. Maggie Werner-Washburne, President SACNAS is coordinating an effort through the Office of the Director at NIH to identify individuals from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in and competitive for positions at NIH ranging from post-doc to faculty to Institute Directors.

Maggie Werner-Washburne--maggieww@unm.edu
Regents Professor
Biology Department 
University of New Mexico
President, The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) 


 

Help Us Keep You Healthy

The Lifestyle Intervention For the Treatment of Diabetes (LIFT) research study will compare the effect of Diabetes Self-Management Education to a Community Program aimed at weight loss and increased exercise, in managing risk factors for developing diabetes complications.

You may qualify for the LIFT study if you:

  • are 21 or order
  • have type 2 diabetes
  • are overweight or obese

For more information, call the LIFT Diabetes study team at 336-713-2914.




Melicia Whitt-Glover photoMelicia C. Whitt-Glover, PhD, principal investigator at Gramercy Research Group in Winston-Salem, was recently approved as an external affiliate of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.  Her research interests include the role of physical activity in obesity prevention and control among racial and ethnic minority groups.

 

 

 

 

 


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The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Features Wake Forest School of Medicine Fellows Project

Wake forest School of Medicine Fellows, Stacy Marshall and William Bradford's project, Using Cooking Lessons to Empower Families, was recently featured across The Albert Schweitzer's Fellowships communication platforms.  Their dedication to empowering families to live healthier lives is certainly inspiring.  Read project here.



Angelou Center  Helping Diabetics Live Better

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LIFT Diabetes stands for the Lifestyle Intervention for the Treatment of Diabetes by Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.  The project is designed to reduce diabetes- complications experienced by many groups including African Americans.  The project’s is consistent with the late Dr. Angelou’s goals of bringing social justice and optimal health for all people.

The Center for Disease Control recently reported that since 2010 the number of Americans with diabetes has grown by 3.3 million people to 29.1 million or 9.3 percent of the US population, with one of eight African American adults having the disease.  Each year 1.7 million adults are diagnosed. Medical costs are twice as high and risk of death is 50 percent higher for those with diagnosed diabetes compared to people without the disease.  (read Winston-Salem Chronicle article here).

Click here for more information about the LIFT Diabetes Project at the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.



Center Affiliate Publishes Book on HIV Prevention Research 

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HIV continues to be a profound challenge facing communities nationally and internationally.  Until a vaccine or a cure is found, prevention remains a most crucial line of defense. However, the successes made to reduce exposure and transmission have not benefited all communities equally. HIV continues to affect vulnerable communities, and HIV-related health disparities are growing.

Scott D. Rhodes, PhD, MPH, CHES, professor in the Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy, and affiliate of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, has written and published the book, "Innovations in HIV Prevention Research and Practice Through Community Engagement".  

 Included in the book:

  • Details of a multigenerational HIV prevention intervention in a rural southeastern community.
  • The challenges and successes of developing, implementing, and evaluating an intervention for higher-risk predominately heterosexual black men in college.
  • The history of gay community involvement in HIV prevention and its contributions to the theory and current practice of engagement.
  • Next steps in the integration of HIV-related policy change and research.
  • Community engagement within American Indian communities.
  • Keys to sustaining a CBPR partnership to prevent HIV within ethnic, sexual, and gender minority communities.

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Statement is First to Describe Hispanic Burden of Heart Disease and Stroke (Carlos Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H.)


Photo: Dr. Carlos Rodriquez Hispanic-Americans need a culturally tailored approach to improve their heart health, according to an American Heart Association statement - the first to describe the burden of heart disease and stroke among the diverse population with origins in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Central and South America.

A diverse population, Hispanics carry a heavy burden of heart disease and stroke.  (more)

Dr. Rodriguez is an affiliate of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.


 

University of Miss press release

Myrlie Evers-Williams Lends Name to UMMC Institute Bolstering Health Equality; Will Collaborate With The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.

JACKSON, Miss. – Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, helped dedicate the UMMC Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities during a ceremony today at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

The launch of the institute represents a new partnership between the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Jackson State University College of Liberal Arts, and signifies the renaming of the Mississippi Institute for the Improvement of Geographical Minority Health Disparities, created to close the gap between those who receive proper medical care and those who don’t.

The revamped organization will focus on three main areas of concern in Mississippi: child health disparities, minority men’s health and research training – issues that resonate with Evers-Williams, who spoke to a gathering of an estimated 130 people.  (more)

 


 

Latham Sadler Remembers Maya Angelou
Brenda Latham-Sadler, MD
, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, is interviewed by WXII about how she will best remember her mentor Dr. Maya Angelou and the impact she had on her life and career.

 


The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

    The Kate B. Reyenolds Charitable Trust is pleased to announce our grants process for the August 12, 2014 grant application deadline. The basic programmatic interests and eligibility criteria will also hold true for the February 2015 cycle. The Poor and Needy Division’s financial and human resources continue to be committed to improving the quality of life and health of financially disadvantaged individuals in Forsyth County.

    We encourage grant applications from local organizations, as well as organizations located outside of Forsyth County, if the project serves financially disadvantaged Forsyth County residents. We will not accept applications for projects serving individuals outside of Forsyth County.  (more


    Dr. Allyn Howlett Becomes Center Affiliate

    Howlett AllynAllyn Howlett, PhD has been approved/accepted as an affiliate of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity. 

    Dr. Howlett,  professor in Physiology & Pharmacology, is actively involved in the Center Research Training and Education Core and her research and training experiences are an excellent fit with our mission.

    Welcome Dr. Howlett.

      



     

    Dr. Ronny A. Bell Wins Alumni Award



    Dr. Ronny A. Bell
    , professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention and director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest School of Medicine, recently received the 2014 UNC University Diversity Alumni  Award.  Dr. Bell received his bachelor’s degree from UNC-CH in public health and nutrition. His primary research and clinical interests are chronic disease prevalence and risk factors, with particular emphasis on ethnic minority populations. He serves as chair of the North Carolina American Indian Health Board and as a member of the American Indian Alaska Native Workgroup for the National Diabetes Education Program. Dr. Bell is a member of the Lumbee Indian tribe of eastern North Carolina and serves on the advisory board for the UNC American Indian Center. (more)


    Diabetes Lecture Presented by Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS 

    Dr. Leonard E. Egede, Allen H. Johnson Endowed Chair, Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for Health Disparities Research, Medical University of South Carolina, gave a lecture on April 4, 2014 entitled, "Technology-Assisted Case Management: An Innovative Approach to Diabetes Management".  This lecture was a part of the Irene Wharton Diabetes Lecture Series.


    Dr. Ronny Bell Delivers Zollicoffer Lecture at UNC Chapel Hill 


    Dr. Ronny Bell delivered the 34th Zollicoffer lecture at UNC Chapel Hill on February 21st, 2014.  Dr. Bell's lecture was entitled, "Health Disparities Among American Indians in North Carolina."  The Zollicoffer Lecture is held in recognition of the legacy of Dr. Lawrence Zollicoffer, the fourth African American graduate of the UNC School of Medicine and founder of the Garwyn Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, and is held in conjunction with a community service day and a banquet.  The event is sponsored by the UNC Student National Medical Association and the UNC School of Medicine.                                                       Zollifer Photo 















    Pictured from Left to Right:  Dr. Michael Zollicoffer, son of Dr. Lawrence Zollicoffer and chair of the UNC Board of Visitors, Dr. Bell, and Dr. Cedric Bright, Assistant Dean of Special Programs and Admissions in the Department of Medical Education at the UNC School of Medicine.


    Dr. Kathryn Weaver Wins Award

    Weaver Kathryn EDr. Kathryn Weaver was selected as the Early Career Investigator in Clinical Sciences in the 2014 Faculty Research Awards.   This is well-deserved recognition of Kate's accomplishments and her critical contributions to the success of other scientists.

    Awards will be presented (and awardees will briefly present their work) on May 13 from 11:30-2:00 in the Commons Conference Room in the Nutrition Building

    Dr. Weaver is an affiliate of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.

     


    Latham-Sadler To Be Honored at Black History Month Event

    Latham-Sadler Brenda ABrenda A. Latham-Sadler, MD, associate professor of family and community medicine and associate dean of student inclusion and diversity, will be honored at the Salem Lodge No. 139 Black History Month Community Awards Banquet & Robert A. Miller Scholarship Gala in Winston-Salem on February 22. Latham-Sadler is among several female community leaders that have been selected.

    The theme for this year's event focuses on women's contributions that help empower, uplift and improve the lives of those within the local community. In choosing to honor leading women and women's organizations, the Gala Planning Committee recognizes the change agents that women like Latham-Sadler have become in the community.

     


    Wharton Gladden Announces Major Gift to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center 

     (Greensboro, NC) November 5, 2013 - Boutique real estate investment banking firm Wharton Gladden & Company will partner with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to present an annual lecture series on diabetes research and prevention. The announcement came at the company's 10th anniversary party, held Friday, Nov. 1, at the Piedmont Club in downtown Winston-Salem.

    The $10,000 grant to fund the Irene Wharton Diabetes Lecture Series comes from the Power of One Fund, the charitable fund that Wharton Gladden established in 2009. The fund is administered by the National Christian Foundation in Raleigh.

    More than 75 clients and friends of the company attended the event, which was part of the club's monthly "First Friday with Friends" series.

    In his remarks to guests, Managing Director Algenon Cash looked back on the company's founding in 2003 and his decision to name the firm after Irene Wharton and Franklin Gladden, who largely inspired and mentored him.

    "Quite frankly, I never would've made it out of that little shotgun house in East Winston if it hadn't been for these extraordinary people," Cash said. "By naming the company Wharton Gladden, we honor not just their names, but the principles they lived by. Namely, that it's not enough that you just live; you have to live and serve. That's the kind of company we've built over the last 10 years."  (more)

    wharton-gladden photo 
    Pictured above:

    Algernon Cash, Managing Director, Wharton Gladden
    Alanna Linden, President, National Christian Foundation (Raleigh Branch)
    Andrea Jenkins, Major Gifts Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
    Ronny Bell, Director, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, Wake Forest School of Medicine
    Don Bowden, Director, Center for Diabetes Research, Wake Forest School of Medicine

     


    Dr. Ronny Bell discusses National Health Disparities Month on WXII 12 news

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