In The News
Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Skelton
on becoming the newest affiliate of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.
Dr. Skelton is an associate professor in Pediatrics, Epidemiology & Prevention specializing in pediatric gastroenterology and obesity treatment.
Poor and Needy Division Grantseekers
Below is the Poor and Needy Division Funding Announcement for the August 2013 and February 2014 cycle.
May 16, 2013
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust’s Poor and Needy Division is pleased to announce our grants solicitation and application process for the August 2013 and February 2014 grant cycles. Consistent with our intent to provide prospective partners with the opportunity to do longer-term program development, we are making few changes in the eligibility for funding when compared to our announcement issued in May 2012. The upcoming grant cycle has an application deadline at 5:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday in August – August 13, 2013. (more)
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Opens Second Year of Research Funding
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) today opened its second year of funding of patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER), revising its broad funding announcements to clarify key review criteria and application definitions.
PCORI plans to award up to $81 million in this newly announced round of PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs). With this latest funding opportunity, plus previous calls for research proposals and plans to offer additional PFAs later this year, PCORI aims to commit to at least $355 million in support for patient-centered CER in 2013.
The revised PFAs released today respond to feedback PCORI received during previous funding cycles and include several improvements designed to make it easier for applicants to understand the criteria and features that make PCORI’s process distinctive. (more)
Greensboro Agency Honors Maya Angelou
A tearful Maya Angelou received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award Tuesday during the sold-out United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Women in Philanthropy luncheon.
Angelou had earlier regaled the audience with stories, poetry, and song — all in applauding the courage of the women in the room to mentor, give and advocate for their community.
“At each table, there is someone that each one of us can turn to and say, ‘Thank you,” said Angelou, an influential speaker who wrote and recited a poem for President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993.
Angelou, who turned 85 in April, was also sereneded with “Happy Birthday” by Wiley Elementary students participating in a United Way mentoring program. (more)
Center Featured in the Triad Business Journal
Dr. Ronny Bell Interviewed
Dr. Ronny A. Bell, Director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, was featured in the January 25, 2013 issue of The Business Journal. The article was titled "Exploring the Divide - Health Care Providers Tackcle Demographic, Social Disparities. Read the article here.
Healthy Eating Research Releases 2013 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 lower-income and racial and ethnic populations at highest risk for obesity. Findings are expected to advance RWJF's efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.
This call for proposals (CFP) is for two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policy-makers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The award types are: Round 8 grants and RWJF New Connections grants awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program.
Approximately $1.6 million will be awarded under this CFP for the two award types.
Round 8 Grants
- The Round 8 grants represent the majority of RWJF's investment in research through this program.
- Approximately $1.4 million will be awarded through Round 8. Each grant will award up to $170,000 for a maximum funding period of 18 months.
- There are three deadlines for receipt of concept papers: February 13, 2013, April 24, 2013, and July 10, 2013 (all 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 November 1, 2003) 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: March 27, 2013 (3 p.m. ET).
More details and how to apply
PCORI launched its second cycle of funding requests to support $96 million in comparative clinical effectiveness research that will give patients and those who care for them the ability to make better-informed health care decisions.
As with the first funding cycle, which opened in May, these PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs) correspond to four of the five areas of focus outlined in its National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda:
- Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options - for projects that address critical decisions that patients, their caregivers and clinicians face with too little information.
- Improving Healthcare Systems - for projects that address critical decisions that face health care systems, the patients and caregivers who rely on them, and the clinicians who work within them.
- Communication and Dissemination - for projects that address critical elements in the communication and dissemination process among patients, their caregivers and clinicians.
- Addressing Disparities - for projects that will inform the choice of strategies to eliminate disparities.
Visit PCORI website here for more information.
BET Honors celebrates Dr. Maya Angelou's accomplishments with the Literary Arts Award. (click photo to see her Life on Screen)
HCC is seeking undergraduates from all academic disciplines interested in pursuing careers in:
Public Health Nursing Administration
Health Education Environmental Health
Health Policy & Management Health Information Technology
Click here for program details
Gregory Burke, M.D., M.Sc., Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has received the 2011 Epidemiology and Prevention Distinguished Achievement Award from The American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention.
This award recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the affairs of the scientific council over a continuing period and have made substantial professional contributions to the field represented by the council. These contributions include bringing new knowledge to the field, teaching or providing clinical care in the field and professional leadership in national or international organizations.
Burke was presented with this award in early November during the Council's Business Meeting and Awards Reception in Orlando, Fla.
Dr. Burke is an affiliate of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.
American Academy of Dermatology's Diversity Mentorship Program – Applications open!
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) invites first through fourth-year medical students from underrepresented* backgrounds to apply for the Diversity Mentorship Program. This is a great opportunity for those interested in gaining direct exposure and hands-on experience in the field of dermatology.
The program has been in place for over 11 years, and in the past three years, over 28% of the medical students who have participated in the program have subsequently entered residency training in dermatology.
Click here for program details.
Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, Named Director of American College of Surgeons Division of Member Services
CHICAGO: Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS, will become the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Director of the Division of Member Services on December 1. She is succeeding Paul E. Collicott, MD, FACS, who retired in May 2011. A general surgeon from Baltimore, MD, Dr. Turner is an associate professor of surgery in the division of general surgery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
The ACS Division of Member Services is responsible for the evaluation process that ensures a surgeon’s education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct are consistent with the standards established and demanded for Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons. The division also administers the application process for surgery residents, medical students, and allied health care professionals who seek ACS membership. Moreover, the division is responsible for administering the activities of the ACS Board of Governors, the ACS Advisory Councils for the Surgical Specialties, and for liaison activities with local ACS chapters. Several scholarship and fellowship programs are administered through the Division of Member Services, as well as the ACS Operation Giving Back Program, a volunteerism initiative established to reflect the humanitarian tenets central to the profession of surgery. The Division is also responsible for maintaining all of the College’s international activities. (continued)
Congratulations to Michael Kennedy for receiving his Master degree in Business Administrative (MBA) from Winston Salem State University. Michael is the Financial Analyst for the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity and lives in Kernersville, NC with his wife Kim and two sons Brandon (age 5) and Ethan (age 2).