Archive | January, 2014

Kick Butts Day 2014 is March 19!

16 Jan


Kick Butts Day 2014 is March 19!
On Kick Butts Day, teachers, youth leaders and health advocates organize events to raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or community.They encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free. This year is the 50th anniversary of the landmark Surgeon General’s report that definitively linked tobacco use to cancer. Even 50 years after clear evidence of the link of tobacco and cancer, we have much work to do. That’s why this year we want to make our voices louder than ever to make sure that 50 years from now, tobacco is no longer the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S.

Join the fight and register an event  ( today to keep the fight against Big Tobacco going.

Your event is vital to building the next generation of the tobacco control movement. Remember, Kick Butts Day registration is now open, so be sure to check out the revamped Kick Butts Day website (      and register to host an event today!

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — 142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition Black Caucus of Health Workers

15 Jan
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — 142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition
Black Caucus of Health Workers
Healthography: How Where you Live Affects Your Health and Well-being
Submission Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2014
The Black Caucus of Health Workers (BCHW) of the American Public Health Association invites abstracts from Public Health professionals, students and other individuals in related fields to present results of scientific research, program evaluation, policy analysis, and lessons learned from research or practice during the Public Health Association’s 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition to be held November 15-19, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. BCHW strongly encourages the abstract submission of topics related to the overall APHA theme “Healthography: How Where you Live Affects Your Health and Well-being” as well as focusing on socioeconomic within impoverished communities and equitable health care/practices,  as it relates to people of the African Diaspora. Individuals with local, national and international research experience are encouraged to submit, as well as, new investigators and students. Abstracts should be 250 words and must include clear and concise learning objectives. Incomplete abstracts will not be considered. This Call for Abstracts for the scientific sessions, request papers relevant to people of the African Diaspora in the following topic areas:
  • Access: Rural versus Urban healthcare outcomes for people of the African Diaspora
  • Community Based Participatory Research: Location, community populations and cultural pockets within the African American Communities, rising above the barriers
  • Criminal Injustice: The Judicial Barriers to overcoming stereotypes, racism and social injustice
  • Displacement and mental health: signs of poor mental health psychological distress and post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) post-disaster
  • Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC): Who are we jailing? The phenomenon of Black and Latino youth coming in contact with the criminal justice system.
  • FEMA emergency preparedness: A Look from the African American Perspective
  • Food desserts and insecurity: Challenges Minorities face to stay healthy within their own neighborhoods
  • Homelessness: Does my zip code matter if I don’t have one?
  • Medicaid expansion versus non expansion: Is it helpful or harmful and who does it benefit?
  • Public health in South: Best Practices for Healthy 2030
  • Rebuilding and resiliency: Racial segregation and housing – New Orleans Now and the Future
  • Self-determination: Does my zip code determine my outcome?
  • Socioeconomic inequities among people of the African Diaspora
  • The Environmental factors impacting the Gulf coast and the bayou Infrastructure: African Americans reorganizing for a better New Orleans
  • The impact and the effects of Technology on health
  • The role of food culture and health for the African American Family
All abstracts will be reviewed on independent merit according to a standardized process by abstract reviewers. Abstracts should address the 2014 Annual Theme: “Healthography: How Where you Live Affects Your Health and Well-being” all abstracts must be at least 250 words and follow on of the two formats below;
Structured Abstract Format: Abstracts should be submitted in a structured format. Please use one of the following two formats:
  • Background: Study objectives, hypothesis, or a description of the problem;
  • Methodology: Study design, including a description of participants, procedures, measures, and appropriate statistical analyses;
  • Results: Specific results in summary form; and
  • Conclusions: Description of the main outcome of the study or the intended with supporting data.
An alternative format, suited for abstracts about policy, programs, interventions, and other types of research evaluations, may be used:
  • Issues: A summary of the issue(s) addressed;
  • Description: Description of the project, experience, service, or advocacy program;
  • Lessons Learned: A brief description of the results of the project; and
  • Recommendations: A brief statement of next steps.
In addition please clearly state whether a supplemental summary is to be considered;Please indicate if your abstract submission is directly related to an abstract submitted by another author and the intent is for the two abstracts to be presented during the same session;

Make sure work is original and not previously presented;
Follow proper protocol for APHA abstract submission; No use of brand names or organizations is permitted;

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically through the APHA on-line electronic abstract submission website.
Incomplete abstracts will not be considered.Continuing Education Credit
APHA values the ability to provide continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, health educators and those certified in public health at its annual meeting. Please complete all required information when submitting an abstract so members can claim credit for attending your session. These credits are necessary for members to keep their licenses and credentials.

For a session to be eligible for Continuing Education Credit, each presenter must provide:

1) an abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names
2) at least one MEASURABLE objective (DO NOT USE understand or to learn as objectives, they are not measurable).
Examples of Acceptable Measurable Action Words:
 Explain, Demonstrate, Analyze, Formulate, Discuss, Compare, Differentiate, Describe, Name, Assess, Evaluate, Identify, Design, Define or List.3) A signed Conflict of Interest (Disclosure) form with a relevant Qualification Statement. See an example of an acceptable Qualification Statement on the online Disclosure form. Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy. Contact Annette Ferebee at if you have any questions concerning continuing education credit. Contact the program planner for all other questions.

Linked-Abstract and Panel Session Details
Scientific program sessions are 90-minutes and typically hold four to five abstracts within a similar theme. If you are interested in linking abstracts to be presented in the same scientific session, please be sure to link all submitted abstracts together. You MUST link each abstract within the APHA on-line abstract submission program. Further, you must notify either Selena Smith –  or Jill Dingle, that these abstracts are a collection. Please be aware, however, that all abstracts are scored on their individual merit. It is possible that not all linked abstracts will be selected. If you are assembling a panel presentation for review, please be aware that a full abstract submission including speakers must be included at the time of the abstract submission. It is highly recommended that any person(s) submitting for a panel presentation, provide supplemental information to the BCHW as previously indicated. The panel will be reviewed based on individual merit and anticipated presenters, topic area, and how it relates to both the APHA theme and the BCHW’s mission.

BCHW Student Poster Session
The BCHW is actively seeking posters for presentation by Graduate Students (Masters / Doctoral) at accredited graduate schools. Student status must be stated at the point of abstract submission. Student status including anticipated graduation date will be verified prior to abstracts being accepted for presentation. All presentations must be original work that has not been previously presented, in-press, or published. Student posters should follow the conference theme and/or BCHW focus areas as well as meet all appropriate eligibility requirements including but not limited to, membership to BCHW and/or APHA. For additional information, please email BCHW Program Planners  Selena E. Smith, at or Jill W. Dingle

BCHW is interested in individuals who can present on original, basic, advanced or applied research that addresses public health research, programs and policies impacting the health and quality of life of African Americans and related, vulnerable populations. The deadline for submission of abstracts is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014.  Please email Selena E. Smith,  or Jill Dingle, regarding instructions for full session proposals and/or any questions.

CURRENT RESEARCH: Black men raised by single parent had higher blood pressure as adults

14 Jan

According to a study published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, African-American men raised in single-parent households in Washington, D.C., had higherblood pressure as adults than men raised by two parents.

The study is the first to link childhood family living arrangements to adult blood pressure in African- American men, who have higher rates of high blood pressure than men in other ethnic groups.

“If the childhood environment’s influence on blood pressure is confirmed, it suggests that policies and programs designed to create and maintain family stability in childhood could have a long-lasting impact on the risk of hypertension,” researchers said.Image

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CURRENT RESEARCH: African American women have a harder time losing weight

8 Jan

 African American women who follow the same diet as white women and exercise just as much tend to lose less weight because they burn fewer calories, a new study by the International Journal of Obesity suggests.

James DeLany from the University of Pittsburgh and his colleges studied 39 African American women and 66 white women. The participants were all severely obese and were randomly assigned to either a calorie-restricted diet alone or the diet along with exercise guidelines.

The researchers measured women’s daily energy expenditure at the beginning and end of the study. They also tracked their physical activity using wearable monitors.

By the end of the six-month intervention, white women had lost an average of 24 pounds and African American women had lost an average of 16 pounds, according to findings published in the International Journal of Obesity.

But the African American women had increased their physical activity by as much as white women and they followed the prescribed diet just as closely.

DeLany said that according to his findings, African American women would have to eat about 150 fewer calories per day than their white peers – or work out that much more – to lose the same amount of weight.

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The Journal article can be found at: