Archive | January, 2015

Call for Applications: The Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR)

28 Jan

The Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) is now accepting applications for the 15th Annual “Careers in Cancer Control Research” Summer Institute set to take place on June 6-10, 2015 at UCSF and June 19-23, 2015 at UCLA. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 13, 2015.

The application packet can be found on the UCSF website and UCLA website


The MTPCCR is a joint program of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Helen Diller FamilyComprehensive Cancer Center and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health, supported with funding from the National Cancer Institute. The purpose of the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) is to increase diversity in the field of research and cancer control by encouraging minority students in master’s level health programs as well as master’s trained health professionals to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in research. However, applicants need not have plans to pursue doctoral training prior to applying to the program.

The training program consists of:

–  A 5-day Summer Institute

–  Paid Internships (optional)

–  Doctoral Application Support Awards (DASA)

Prospective applicants can choose to participate in just the 5 day institute or can also apply for the paid internship program where they will be matched with a researcher for a full or part-time internship based on their interests, background, and experience. Additionally, the program provides continued support for those who want to go into research or doctoral programs – alumni can apply for a DASA grant of up to $2000 to offset the costs of applying to doctoral programs at any point after they have participated in the program.

Am I Eligible?


You are eligible to apply if you meet the following:

–  Minority* student in a master’s level health science program or master’s trained professional  (Current students must have completed 1st year of master’s program)

–  Good academic standing (minimum “B” average)

–  Strong verbal, writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills


* Those communities who experience an excess or unknown burden of cancer and are underrepresented in the field of cancer control.



For more information please contact the program director (s) at the location you wish to attend:


Sherry C. Kidd, M.Ed. and Héctor Acalá, MPH

Phone: 310-794-7314

Email: and


Vanessa Mercado, MPH

Phone: 415-514-9409


PAID Public Health Internship Program for Minority Serving Institutions – Summer Session Recruitment

26 Jan

The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) is a non-profit public health organization in Washington DC. For the past 10 years through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we have administered an internship program exclusively for students who attend minority-serving institutions, including tribal colleges and universities. The program targets undergraduate and graduate level students whom are interested in pursuing careers in the field of public health from a various academic organizations.

DHPE has placed more than 500 students from 60 minority-serving institutions in practicum settings since the program began in September 2002. Students completing the program have been accepted into masters and doctoral programs in public health disciplines, some have been offered positions at state and local health departments and others are participating in other internship and fellowship programs.

Students are required to be enrolled at an accredited minority-serving institution during the time of application, but may complete their internship after their Spring graduation, if accepted into the program. They are placed at state and local health departments, community-based organizations, and at federal health agencies, such as CDC for the 12-week internship. Students are provided with an opportunity to gain knowledge of and practical experience in community-based health education, prevention research and policy addressing health disparities among racial and ethnic populations.

DHPE believes strongly in students’ professional development and offers webinars to prepare interns for employment, such as writing resumes, creating strong cover letters, and creating powerful power point presentations. Addressing health disparities and health equity is also a key focus in our internship program. Webinars in understanding and articulating diversity, cultural competence and social determinants of health are provided to all our interns.

There are three sessions per year for the internship program: a Summer session (May-August); a Fall session (September-December); and a Spring session (January-April). The deadline to apply for Summer is March 1, 2015. The spring session will begin Monday, May 25th and end in mid-August. Please apply early! College students must be enrolled in school when they apply but they may complete the internship in the summer as a recent graduate. The student is required to submit three letters of recommendation and transcripts along with their application.

We invite you to visit the DHPE Website at to learn more about the Internship Program, or visit the online management system at to apply to for the internship program.

If you have any questions, need additional information, please feel free to contact me at 202-552-4402 or via email at

HIGHLIGHTED STORIES: Washington attorney general wants to raise smoking age to 21

22 Jan

Pictures-Of-SmokersWashington state would become the first in the country to ban tobacco for everyone under age 21 under a plan announced Wednesday by Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Ferguson and legislators said bills to raise the smoking age from 18 were inspired by the effectiveness of such smoking laws elsewhere. The first city to do so, Needham, Mass., in 2005, saw a drop of more than 50 percent in its high-school-smoking rate by 2012, Ferguson said.

Dozens of cities and counties have followed suit, including New York City; Suffolk County on Long Island in New York; and Hawaii County, which encompasses the “Big Island” of its state. However, bills to make the smoking age 21 failed in the past two years in New Jersey, Utah and Colorado.

Four states — Utah, New Jersey, Alabama and Alaska — and Washington, D.C., require tobacco users to be 19 or older.

Officials in Washington state cited several studies showing most adult smokers started as teenagers as justification for the change.

“For me, it’s really about helping these kids not have a lifetime of addiction,” said Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, the lead House sponsor of the bill in that chamber.

The House version of Ferguson’s bill has been referred to the Health Care and Wellness Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Eileen Cody, D-West Seattle, a co-sponsor of the bill. State Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way, lead sponsor of an identical Senate bill, said he expects a tough, possibly multiyear fight getting the change through the Capitol.

“This is the start of a conversation,” Miloscia said.

SPECIAL NOTICE: Changes to The Morehouse School of Medicine Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research, Pilot Project Timeline

20 Jan

Special Notice: Changes to TCC Pilot Project Timeline

The Morehouse School of Medicine Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research (U54MD008173) is currently soliciting applications to support pilot research projects that are aligned with TCC for Health Disparities Research thematic focus of addressing the barriers to implementing health policies that target achieving health equity.

Please note the following changes to our Pilot Project Program RFA Timeline:

Letter of Intent (LOI) EXTENSION*: Tuesday, January, 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm EST

*Please note that the LOI is OPTIONAL and not a requirement for submitting a full application.

Technical Assistance Webinar: Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10:00 am EST

To register for the Webinar, please visit the Pilot Project Portal at

Final Applications Due: Friday, February 13, 2015 at 5:00pm EST

To submit an application, please visit the Pilot Project Portal at


To view application materials, resources, and to submit applications please visit the TCC Pilot Project Program Portal at:

Please click on “Contact TCC” in the Pilot Project Portal for any questions or comments. You may also contact TCC Program Manager Ulochi Nwagwu, MPH at (404) 756-5059, or via e-mail at

Registration Open For The SAAPHI & APHA Leadership Information Teleconference

13 Jan

APHA Leadership Information Teleconference

You are cordially invited to attend SAAPHI’s upcoming APHA Leadership Information Teleconference! 
The purpose of this call is to provide information on the structure of APHA leadership. Our speakers will also discuss strategies for how to be more engaged in the organization. The call will feature the following APHA leaders:
  • Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika, President-Elect
  • Dr. Sonja Hutchins, Ex-Officio Member and Science Board Chair
  • Dr. Kesha Baptiste-Roberts, Governing Council Member, Epidemiology Section
The call will take place on Friday, January 23, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST. To register, visit Please feel free to distribute the flyer/announcement to your colleagues.
We look forward to having you on the call!

Southern California Public Health Association hosts the Health Equity WEBINAR: Strategies to Address Disparities in Diabetes Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management

7 Jan

Health Equity WEBINAR: Strategies to Address Disparities in Diabetes Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health inequities are “reflected in differences in length of life; quality of life; rates of disease, disability, and death; severity of disease; and access to treatment.” These inequities are quite apparent when looking at diabetes. The burden of diabetes and diabetes-related complications and death is much higher for racial/ethnic minorities than for whites.

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality has reported the following:

  • Different studies found that African Americans are from 1.4 to 2.2 times more likely to have diabetes than white persons.
  • Hispanic Americans have a higher prevalence of diabetes than non-Hispanic people, with the highest rates for type 2 diabetes among Puerto Ricans and Hispanic people living in the Southwest and the lowest rate among Cubans.
  • The prevalence of diabetes among American Indians is 2.8 times the overall rate.
  • Major groups within the Asian and Pacific Islander communities (Japanese Americans, Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, and Korean Americans) all had a higher prevalence rate than non-hispanic whites.

On Wednesday January 14, 2015 12PM (PST) SCPHA will be hosting a webinar, facilitated by Dr. Belinda Nelson, of the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes. Dr. Nelson will discuss the existing disparities, as well as provide an overview of strategies and best practices that the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes coalition sites are utilizing to reduce these inequities in diagnosis, care, and treatment.

The overall objectives of the Webinar:

  • To build participants theoretical understanding of health equity
  • To build participants understanding of disparities in diabetes diagnosis, management, and care
  • To inform participants on how programs can be designed to address health inequity in chronic disease outcomes

To register for the webinar:


WEBINAR – Prediabetes: How Healthcare Providers Can Take Action

5 Jan

January 15, 2015, 9:00 – 10:00 am ET (8:00 am CT)

For a full description of this program please visit our website or print out the informational flyer.

All of our programs are available On Demand 2 weeks after the live webcast.

Call us at 518.402.0330 or e-mail if you need assistance.

Click here to Register