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									                                Project CONNECT:
                                The Bridge to Healthy Communities
                                Through Research
                                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.                            tact@connect.unc.edu. 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
                NC Statistics
                                           materials, such as press re-         You can also research articles
                                                                                                       identify characteristics of young adults in the registry
                 This Year...
    •      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.
                                                                                                       young adults
           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
                                                                                your newsletter
                                         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
                                                                                                       involved in
                                         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 - khammel@email.unc.edu 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
                                                                                                                                         week .

                                                                                                                                  •      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

     Project CONNECT
     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.
       Research Assistant
                                 •   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.
                                                                                            Source: http//www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/
       Fax: 919-966-3811         •   Take the stairs instead of the elevator .
Email: contact@connect.unc.edu

   Project CONNECT                                            Mini Vegetable Frittatas
        The Bridge to Healthy    Ingredients (Makes 8 to 10 mini vegetable frittatas)            vegetables become soft, about 5 minutes.
        Communities Through
                                  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
        Co-Edited by:
                                 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

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