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‘Exito!’ Welcomes First Class of Latino Doctoral Hopefuls

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The first group of <em>Èxito!</em> graduates

The first group of Èxito! graduates

As she wraps up her master’s degree at the University of South Florida, Mariana Arevalo already has worked on projects to improve health care access for the underserved.

But that early experience is driving Arevalo to do more.

So Arevalo and 16 other master’s-level students or health professionals joined the Institute for Health Promotion Research’s first-ever Summer Institute of Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training on June 2-6, 2011, in San Antonio.

Èxito! encourages participants to pursue a doctoral degree and careers studying how disease—especially cancer—affects Latinos differently.

Èxito! gave me the resources that I needed to pursue my goal—motivation and pathways,” Arevalo said. “I came in with doubts about my ability to have both. Now I’m confident that with hard work, passion and persistence I can achieve both things.”

Èxito! (English: Success!), led by the IHPR at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and funded by the National Cancer Institute, annually recruits master’s students or master’s-trained health professionals from Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico and other states.

Participants take part in a five-day summer institute to provide motivation, skills and resources needed to apply for doctoral programs.

Read the first group of graduates here or visit the Èxito! website for more info.

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RWJF Program Seeks Applicants for Health Disparities Training

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health & Society Scholars program has released its annual call for applications to train new scholars to analyze health disparities problems and solutions.

The program itself is designed to build the nation’s capacity for research, leadership and policy change to address the multiple determinants of population health. Its goal is to improve health by training scholars to:

  • Investigate rigorously the connections among biological, genetic, behavioral, environmental, economic and social determinants of health; and
  • Develop, evaluate and disseminate knowledge and interventions that integrate and act on these determinants to improve health.

The program is intended to produce leaders who will change the questions asked, the methods employed to analyze problems, and the range of solutions to reduce population health disparities and improve the health of all Americans.

Apply online here. Applications are due Sept. 30, 2011.

Spanish-Speakers Can Get Free Cancer Info at 1-800-4-CANCER

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Spanish-speakers are encouraged to call the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service, 1-800-4-CANCER, to get free scientifically based information on cancer clinical trials, prevention, risk factors and more in their language.

In a new video, Aileen Ardizon, Director of Bilingual Services for the Cancer Information Service, explains how the number works and what type of servces are offered.

NCI cancer information is offered in English and Spanish online, too.

Latinos Face Tough Health Issues, Says CDC Disparities Report

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A new new federal report has uncovered striking health disparities between racial/ethnic U.S. groups, and Hispanics tended to fall into some of the worst categories, Fox New Latino reports.

Other Hispanic-related findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, which examined disparities by sex, race, income and education, included:

  • While teenage pregnancy rates fell fell among all ethnic groups, Hispanic girls (77.4 per 1,000) were three times more likely than whites (26.7) and blacks (62.7) to end up pregnant.
  • Mexican-Americans have the least success in controlling high blood pressure.
  • Hispanics account for one-third of the population that is uninsured – and they tend to live in some of the most polluted and contaminated areas.
  • Asthma rates were higher among Puerto Ricans (18.4%) than any other ethnic groups.

Read more from the Fox Latino News story here or get the full CDC report.

‘International Symposium on Health Disparities’ Set for Dec. 6-9

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The 12th Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) International Symposium on Health Disparities will convene Dec. 6-9, 2010 in Nashville, Tenn.

The four-day symposium, titled Bridging the Gap between Disparity and Equity: New Minds – New Methods, will offer RCMI institutions and their participants an opportunity to share research information in areas related to cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, women’s health, mental health, infectious disease, stroke, and behavioral and social health.

Go here for more information.

Physicians Group Releases Recommendations to Tackle Health Disparities

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Sit face to face with patients. Hire an interpreter. Erase inequities in education, housing, job security, and environmental health.

These are just a few of the cures — ranging from the obvious to the idealistic — for the ongoing problem of racial and ethnic minorities receiving subpar healthcare, according to the American College of Physicians (ACP). In a new position paper, the ACP notes that since it explored the issue in a similar paper in 2003, the nation has made some progress toward eliminating healthcare disparities, but much remains to be done, Medical Medscape News reports via the inspiration exchange blog.

For example, 34% of Latinosare uninsured compared with 11% of whites.

“Closing the disparity gap is not only morally and professional imperative, it remains a glaring civil rights injustice that must be addressed,” the ACP states.

Read more here.

Funding Opportunities: Latino Cancer Research

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Check out these funding opportunities in Latino health disparities and cancer research:

NCI/CRCHD Administrative Supplements
Three new fiscal year 2010 administrative supplement opportunities are available from the National Cancer Institute and the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD). These opportunities are to: Expand NCI-supported community outreach capacity through community health educators; develop a CHE education/outreach plan; and conduct community-engaged research on HIV/AIDS-related cancers. The application deadline is Aug. 6, 2010.

Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities
Applications are invited for the NIH research grant, Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R01). Purpose of this funding opportunity is to encourage behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to health and disabilities disparities in the U.S. population. Emphasis is placed on research in and among three broad areas of action: 1) public policy, 2) health care, and 3) disease/disability prevention. The letter of intent deadline is Aug. 14, 2010.

NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards and New Innovator Awards
The NIH is accepting proposals for 2011 NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards and New Innovator Awards. Both programs are part of the NIH Common Fund and support exceptionally creative scientists who take highly innovative, potentially high-impact approaches to major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research. NIH especially encourages women and members of groups that are underrepresented in NIH research to apply. Pioneer Award application deadline is Sept. 13, and the New Innovator Award deadline is Sept. 20.

New Reports on Health Disparities

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in collaboration with agencies across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has released two reports: the 2009 National Healthcare Quality Report (NHRQ) and the 2009 National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR).

These reports measure trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care and also present the latest available findings on quality of and access to health care.

Latinos, according to the disparities report, which examined 20 core measures of care, received worse care than non-Hispanic Whites for 14 measures and better care for four measures.

Latino Health News, Stories, Funding & Events

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Latinos, check out the latest on Latino health news and stories in the Spring 2010 E-newsletter from the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.

The newsletter features:

  • IHPR - tallS.A. Teens’ Artistic Photos Illustrate Tobacco Problems
  • UTHSCSA Frontera de Salud Med Students Aid Valley Residents
  • WATCH our PSAs on Latino Cancer, HPV
  • Research funding opportunties
  • Health disparities events
  • Health disparities resources

For this and much more, check out our new E-newsletter.

Roundup: Health Disparities, Obesity Funding Opportunities

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Check out these funding opportunities in health disparities and childhood obesity research:

Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership
Applications will be accepted for the National Cancer Institute’s Feasibility Studies for Collaborative Interaction for Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership (P20). The NCI offers linked awards using the NIH P20 funding mechanism and intended for feasibility studies to assist researchers and faculty at Minority-Serving Institutions establish collaborative partnerships with other researchers. The intent of the P20 partnership awards is to support cancer projects and programs for limited durations to perform feasibility studies and obtain preliminary data that will lead to the submission of specific competitive grant applications for support by the NCI or others.

Ladder to Leadership
Ladder to Leadership: Developing the Next Generation of Community Health Leaders seeks to help early- to mid-career professionals in community-based, nonprofit health groups serving vulnerable populations develop critical leadership skills in nine priority communities. The current opening, for the Mid-South U.S., runs until Feb. 26, 2010.

Improving Diet and Physical Activity Assessments
Several National Institutes of Health (NIH) agencies are seeking applications for grants to support research to enhance the quality of measurements of dietary intake and physical activity. Applications may include development of assessment tools for culturally diverse populations and more. Letters of intent are due May 5, 2010.

NIH Obesity Grants
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) compiles a wide variety of obesity-related research funding opportunities that are currently seeking applications.

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