The Bridge to Healthy Communities
Volume 4, Issue 2 October 2008
Message from the Project Director
Greetings Project is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness
CONNECT friends! This Month and is dedicated to increasing public knowl-
issue of the newsletter edge about the importance of early detection of
comes to you as we enter breast cancer.
an exciting and history-
Inside this issue: making election, family Lastly you’ll find tips for adding physical activity to
holidays, and football sea- your daily routine and a healthy recipe we hope you
News & Upcoming 1 son. With gatherings to will try and enjoy.
Events support these events and
happenings, it’s important Thank you for your continued participation in the
Young Minorities in 2 that we keep our health as Project CONNECT Registry. For more informa-
Research a primary focus. This issue will also feature infor- tion, you may visit our secure website at
mation about research and the importance of minor- www.connect.unc.edu or contact us at con-
ity participation in research. firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call us toll-free
Understanding 2 at 1-866-849-1579.
Clinical Trials There are many upcoming opportunities for you to
learn more about public health and share your Sincerely,
Managing Uncertainty 3 knowledge with friends and families. Please review
Day-to-Day our News & Upcoming Events section to find
available information and activities that appeal to
Adding Physical 4 you!
Activity to Your Life Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc
The fall season is also a time for awareness. October
Mini Vegetable 4
News & Upcoming Events
• Free Breast Cancer Screening: October 4, 2008 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Alliance Medical Minis-
try, 101 Donald Ross Drive, Raleigh, NC. Registration required. For more information or to register,
please call Rex Cancer Center at (919) 784-2345.
• National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October 2008. For more information about NBCAM,
please visit www.nbcam.org or call one of the following toll-free numbers: American Cancer Society, 800-
227-2345, National Cancer Institute (NCI), 800-4-CANCER, Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organiza-
tion, 800- 221-2141.
• Preparing Future Health Leaders: Hand to Hand, Generation to Generation, October 4, 2008
from 8:30 am until 2:30 pm. NCCU School of Education Auditorium, 1712 Cecil Street, Durham, NC.
Presented by The Center for Health and Healing Minority Health Careers Initiative (MHCI) in partner-
ship with Union Baptist Church, North Carolina Central University Health Education Department and
the North Carolina Hospital Association. The event is free of charge. Registration is required. Registra-
tion forms can be found on the web at http://www.c4hh.org. For more information, please contact
Cornell P. Wright, MHCI Project Coordinator at 1-866-972-6374 ext 6 or via email at cor-
• The North Carolina Learn and EARN (Education Access Rewards North Carolina) initiative of-
fers two programs, early college high schools and EARN grants, to increase the number of high school
graduates who are ready to succeed in college and the workplace. Fore additional information about this
Funding for this project is initiative, please visit http://www.nclearnandearn.gov or call 1-877-NC-LEARN (1-877-625-3276).
provided by NCMHD (National • American Diabetes Month, November 2008. This year the American Diabetes Association focuses on
Center on Minority Health and the deadly complications of diabetes and asks the American public, “Why Should You Care About Diabe-
Health Disparities) and NCI tes?” For more information about American Diabetes Month, please visit the American Diabetes Asso-
(National Cancer Institute). ciation at www.diabetes.org or call 1-888-DIABETES (1-888-342-2382). Information from both of these
sources is available in English and Spanish.
Page 2 Project CONNECT: The Bridge to Healthy Communities Through Research Volume 4, Issue 2
Inspiring Young Minorities to Work in Research
the program over to Dr. Valerie Shears Asbhy, a chem-
ist and graduate from the 1st SPGRE cohort!
This story can fit 150-200 tent to your newsletter is to
words. develop and write your own
Twenty-three students were in the 20th Anniversary
articles, or include a calendar
group. Three students worked with Dr. Corbie-Smith
One benefit of using your or special
of upcoming events andathe Program on Health Disparities:
newsletter as a promotional offer that promotes a new
Prostate Cancer Facts tool is that you can reuse con- product. Alexandria Horne, North Carolina Central University,
tent from other marketing worked with the Project CONNECT registry staff to
materials, such as press re- You can also research articles
identify characteristics of young adults in the registry
• 6420 North Carolina men
leases, market studies, and or find “filler” articles by ac-
and co-developed a Facebook group to discover what
will be diagnosed with
reports. cessing the World Wide Web. think about clinical trials research.
prostate cancer. You can write
Alexandria Horne during SPGRE Poster Presentations about a variety
While your main goal of dis- keep Marchand, University describing learned about
of topics but try to Aixa your
tributing a newsletter might be Caption of Miami,
Training your product or service, articles short.re-
more minorities and women as health picture or describing community
Photovoice, a process for graphic.
• 835 North Carolina men to sell
will die of prostate cancer the key is strengths in
strategy newslet- Much of the content you put and challenges through photography. Using
searchers to aa successful to reduce health disparities.
UNCishas a program toto your Photovoice to help researchers and policy makers
ter making it useful help students prepare to be can also be
researchers. understand the rural community’s view on HIV/AIDS
Screening and Early readers. used for your Web site. Micro-
is a step in getting different community stakeholders
Detection soft Publisher offers a simple
Each year, undergraduate students from to convert your newslet- policy change. Axia worked with Project
A great way to add useful con- way around the
• Prostate cancer is as much country and abroad come to UNC for 10 weeks to gain EAST .
as 100% curable when experience working with researchers through the Sum- “To catch the reader's attention, place
detected in it’s early silent mer Pre-Graduate Research Experience (SPGRE), a Christina Monroe, an interesting sentence or quote from University,
San Francisco State
stages. the story here.”
program encouraging minority students to get their worked with Project GRACE, a Community-Based
PhD in a research field. Students interested in political Participatory Research project, to evaluate a HIV pre-
• Ask your doctor for an science, environmental science, biology, chemistry, vention program that trains African American teens in
annual prostate exam by the economics, and social science gain valuable research rural areas to communicate information to their peers.
age of 40. Get both a PSA experience that may inform health practices and poli-
blood test and a digital cies. Know someone who could be a 2009 SPGRE candi-
rectal exam annually. date? SPGRE applications for the 2009 cohort are due
In addition to working with research projects, students January 12, 2009. For more information about the
Survivorship get practical advice about applying to and succeeding SPGRE program visit
• Over the past two decades, in graduate school. This year UNC’s SPGRE Program http://www.unc.edu/agep/SPGRE/ or contact Kacey
new techniques to diagnose celebrated their 20 anniversary. In 2007, Dr. Hank
th Hammel - email@example.com or 919-843-9132
prostate cancer early in its Frierson, program founder, transferred the reigns of
progression have boosted
the survival rate for men
with all stages of prostate Understanding Clinical Trials
cancer combined from 67
percent to 92 percent, WHAT ARE CLNICAL TRIALS? effective in scientific studies with a certain number of
according to the American patients before they can be made widely available.
Cancer Society. Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate new
medical approaches and increase scientific understand- HOW CAN I BENEFIT ?
ing of a wide variety of diseases.
Clinical trials that are well-designed and well-executed
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLINICAL TRIALS? are the best approach for eligible participants to:
Prevention trials look for better ways to prevent dis-
• Play an active role in their own health care.
ease through medicines, vaccines, vitamins, minerals
or lifestyle habits.
Screening trials look for new ways to test for the pres- • Gain access to new research treatments before
Prostate cancer survivor, Colin ence of a disease or health condition. they are widely available.
Powell underwent surgery in Treatment trials test new drugs, medical devices, medi-
2003 and made a full recovery. cal procedures, or combinations of treatments. • Obtain expert medical care at leading health care
Quality of Life trials explore ways to improve comfort facilities during the trial.
and the quality of life for individuals with a chronic
illness. • Help others by contributing to medical research.
Sources: Us Too International
Prostate Cancer Education & WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE IN A CLINICAL TRIAL? HOW DO I LEARN MORE?
Support Network www.ustoo.org
Advances in medicine and science come from new For more information about clinical trials visit
ideas and approaches developed through research. http://clinicaltrials.gov or call (888) 346-3656.
Prostate Cancer Coalition of
New medical treatments must prove to be safe and
North Carolina www.pccnc.org
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Managing Uncertainty Day-to-Day
YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IF YOU
• Are an African American Woman
• Are under 50 years of age
• Have completed breast cancer treatment between 1 Breast Cancer Facts
and 4 years ago (may still be taking Tamoxifen or • Breast cancer touches the
other similar medications). lives of many women.
The Managing Uncertainty Day-to-Day study, funded
by a grant through the National Institutes of Health, is WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO RECEIVE
• According to the American
being conducted at the School of Nursing at the Uni- DURING STUDY PARTICIPATION
Cancer Society, 1 in every 8
versity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This study women will be diagnosed
seeks to help women manage the uncertainties they face with breast cancer
as they continue on their journey of breast cancer survi- You will receive the following either soon after enroll- sometime during her life.
vorship. ment or after the last assessment:
This study is particularly important because this is the • Guide for Younger Breast Cancer Survivors: Managing • Right now, there are 2.5
first comprehensive survivor intervention developed Uncertainties of Survivorship million breast cancer
for younger breast cancer survivors who must deal with Includes information about managing menopausal survivors in the United
a great disruption in their life plans, a number of aver- symptoms, lymphedema, sleep disturbances, and States.
sive treatment side effects, and a higher rate of recur- more.
rence than older women. Very few studies include
enough African American women to be able to see if • Managing Uncertainty Day-to-Day CD
Tips for Healthful Living
they benefit. We all know there are health disparities, Topics include relaxation, distraction, calming self
• Decrease your daily fat
but there are also disparities in who participates in re- talk, positive life changes and communication with
intake– especially saturated
search. Your participation will help us reduce such family and friends.
or hydrogenated fats. Eat
research disparities. leaner meats and limit red
• Supportive phone calls meat.
You will receive scheduled phone calls to discuss
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP either your use of the guide and CD or your experi- • Increase fiber in your diet.
• Tell people you know about this study
ences as a survivor. Fiber is found in whole
grains, vegetables and fruits.
There are no office visits, travel, or blood samples involved.
• Participate in the study if you are eligible To receive a brochure or to participate in this study, please call
• Eat fresh fruits and
1-800-349-5858 to talk with a member of the research staff.
• Share our materials with others in your community vegetables. Antioxidants and
micronutrients in these may
help prevent some cancers.
MEET MEMBERS OF THE RESEARCH TEAM
• Limit Alcohol. Evidence
suggests that a small
increase in risk exists for
women who average two or
more drinks per day (beer,
wine, and distilled liquor)
• Stay active –a moderate
amount of physical activity
such as a brisk 30 minute
walk on most days of the
• Don’t smoke. Smoking can
increase chance of blood
clots, heart disease, and
Coretta Jenerette, PhD, RN, AOCN other cancers that may
Assistant Professor of Nursing spread to the breast.
Merle Mishel, RN, PhD Ashley Leak, RN, MSN, OCN Source: The American Cancer
Kenan Professor of Nursing Doctoral Student Society Breast Cancer Facts and
Principal Investigator Nurse Intervener Figures www.cancer.org
Cecil G. Sheps Center for HSR
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
725 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Campus Box 7590
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7590
Cecil G. Sheps Center Adding Physical Activity to Your Life
for Health Services Research
University of North Carolina- Try scheduling 10, 20 or 30 • Play with children or pets.
Chapel Hill minutes everyday for • Take fitness breaks– walking or doing desk exer-
physical activity. Think cises instead of cigarette or coffee breaks.
Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc about your weekly or daily • Perform gardening or home repair activities.
Director schedule and look for or
• Dance to music.
Melissa Green, MPH make opportunities to be
more active. Consider the • Exercise while watching TV.
following suggestions: • Keep a pair of comfortable walking or running
Michelle Hayes shoes in your car and office.
• Walk, cycle, or jog to work, school or place of • Walk while doing errands.
Phone: 919-966-7107 worship.
Toll Free: 866-849-1579 • Get on or off the bus several blocks away.
Fax: 919-966-3811 • Take the stairs instead of the elevator .
Project CONNECT Mini Vegetable Frittatas
The Bridge to Healthy Ingredients (Makes 8 to 10 mini vegetable frittatas) vegetables become soft, about 5 minutes.
8 large eggs (or 2 cups liquid egg substitute) 4. Remove from heat and stir in parsley, salt and
1/2 cup non-fat milk pepper. Fold vegetables into egg mixture. Stir in
1 Tbsp. olive oil the ricotta cheese and 1/2 cup of the asiago
1 cup zucchini, diced cheese.
The Project CONNECT 1 cup red pepper diced 5. Fill muffin cups three-quarters of the way full
Newsletter is a publication of 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms with vegetable frittata batter. Divide remaining
the Carolina-Shaw Partnership 1 leek diced (or substitute sweet onion) asiago cheese among the muffin cups.
for the Elimination of Health 1/4 cup fresh Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped finely 6. Bake 20 to 30 minutes until frittatas are set and
Disparities, which is based at 1 tsp kosher salt or Maldon sea salt browned on top.
the Cecil G. Sheps Center for 1/2 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper 7. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Health Services Research at 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
UNC-Chapel and at the Shaw 1 cup shredded asiago cheese Per Mini Frittata (based on 8)
University Divinity School. Calories: 159
Preparation Total fat: 9 g fat (3g saturated fat)
Designed by: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a large Cholesterol: 222 mg (use of liquid substitute reduces
muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. cholesterol to 1.2mg)
Audrina J. Bunton, MA
2. Whisk eggs and milk together in a large mixing Carbohydrates: 6 g
bowl. Set aside. Dietary fiber: 1 g
3. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet or frying pan Protein: 14 g
Melissa Green, MPH over medium heat. Place zucchini, red pepper,
Michelle Hayes mushrooms and leek in skillet and sauté until
Sharrelle Barber Source: http://www.southernliving.com