Archive | March, 2015

SAAPHI 2015 Call For Abstracts – “Health In All Policies”

5 Mar


Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues


American Public Health Association 143rd Annual Meeting – Chicago, IL

Health in All Policies

October 31 – November 4, 2015


ABSTRACTS DUE: May 1, 2015
The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) is soliciting abstracts for the 2015 annual scientific symposium to be held in Chicago, IL on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Black Caucus for Health Workers and the SAAPHI pre-conference meeting. The overarching theme of this year’s pre-conference meeting is Health in All Policies”.
Topics of the abstracts should center on the SAAPHI/BCHW themes and/or the APHA theme. While abstracts reflecting new and innovative information in any area of public health disproportionately impacting African Americans will be reviewed, presentations on the following topics are of particular interest:

  • Life Course Research (focusing on populations from birth to the elderly)
  • Gender Issues
  • Research focusing on African Diasporic Populations (African-American, Afro-Latino, West Indian and African populations)
  • Social Determinants of Health

In addition, abstracts that reflect integrative approaches to individual and community health promotion using evidence-based research, intervention guided-research, and health policy advocacy are also encouraged.

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed, evaluated, and ranked for originality, quality, topic applicability, and relation to SAAPHI issues. Please address how your research can inform current or future policies. If your research project includes an intervention, please address its sustainability. For secondary analysis, please address how this research can influence or inform current or future policies.
*Students and early professionals are especially encouraged to submit abstracts pertaining to their academic research. Please designate in your submission whether you would like your abstract to be reviewed for an oral presentation, poster presentation, or both.

Awards will be presented following delivery of the presentations and posters at the 2015 SAAPHI annual meeting.  Winners must be members of SAAPHI or become members at the time of the meeting.


  Abstracts must be submitted online to

  Abstracts must be 250 words or less

  Abstracts should follow the standard format: Purpose/Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusion

  Authors will be notified by June 5, 2015

SAAPHI Webinar: “Innovative Approaches to HIV Prevention among African Americans”

3 Mar


The SAAPHI Scientific Committee hosts a series of webinars to help public health professionals and students learn about innovative approaches to minority health research.  This is the first webinar planned for this year.  Please see below and the attached flyer for details.

The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) presents
“Innovative Approaches to HIV Prevention among African Americans”
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 1:00-2:30PM (EST)
Guest Speaker
Bridgette M. Brawner, PhD, APRN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Center for Health Equity Research
Center for Global Women’s Health
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Dr. Bridgette M. Brawner graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villanova University and both a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2009, she was selected as the University’s inaugural Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow immediately upon completion of her doctoral degree. Dr. Brawner has worked as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in 2005, specializing in working with children and families.


Dr. Brawner is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the standing faculty in both the Center for Health Equity Research and the Center for Global Women’s Health. She is passionate about urban women’s physical and mental health, and works toward sexual health promotion in disenfranchised communities. Her motto is “changing the world, one community at a time”. Dr. Brawner’s unique, multi-method lines of inquiry integrate innovative methodologies–such as GIS mapping and biobehavioral measures–to answer complex questions. Her current HIV prevention work takes a novel, multi-level approach to better understand risk contexts and intervene across individual, social and structural levels.

To Participate

HIGHLIGHTED STORIES: WHO Approves Breakthrough 15-minute Ebola Test

2 Mar

WHO Approves Breakthrough 15-minute Ebola Test


The World Health Organization has approved the first rapid test for Ebola in a potential breakthrough for ending an epidemic that has killed almost 10,000 people in West Africa, it said on Friday. The test, developed by U.S.firm Corgenix Medical Corp, is less accurate than the standard test but is easy to perform, does not require electricity, and can give results within 15 minutes, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said.   Source:


HIGHLIGHTED STORIES: New Blood Test Marks a Breakthrough in the Diagnosis of Bowel Cancer

2 Mar

New Blood Test Marks a Breakthrough in the Diagnosis of Bowel Cancer


The simple check will pick up on antibodies in the blood, produced as the body reacts to the onset of bowel cancer. The collaboration between researchers from the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute at Dublin City Universityand Irish biotech firm Randox promises that the new test may be a significant breakthrough in the diagnosis of bowel cancer.  Studies show that the identification of these very specific biomarkers will allow for a test which is more sensitive and accurate than existing screening. The new blood test may do away with the need for Fecal Occult Blood Test, which has relatively low sensitivity and a high level of patient reluctance, and will prevent unnecessary and costly colonoscopies for people without the disease. The new test will be implemented on Randox’s proprietary Biochip Array Technology detection platform.    Source:

Sierra Health Foundation – 2015 Health Leadership Program

2 Mar

2015 Health Leadership Program

The Sierra Health Foundation celebrated its 30th anniversary in February. This exceptional organization announced their 2015 Health Leadership Program. They invite current and emerging leaders in Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley to apply. The 2015 program will focus on improved organizational outcomes and impact, through effectiveness, quality, financial stability, partnership development, governance and sustainability.  The seven-month program is designed to develop the skills of leaders in organizations that work to improve community health and well-being and reduce health disparities across a broad range of issue areas. Program participants have the opportunity to improve existing skills while developing new competencies that strengthen their organizations, and deepen their ability and commitment to address health disparities and health equity in underserved communities in Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley. The Health Leadership Program is jointly led by the Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis Health System and the University of San Francisco’s School of Management, and is co-directed by Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, MPH, and Rich Callahan, DPA. For information: