|Dr. Robert K. Ross President and CEO of The California Endowment|
The article below was written by Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and CEO of The California Endowment. The original can be found at http://tcenews.calendow.org/blog/our-sons-look-like-trayvon-too-2262506
A lot of us are trying to make sense of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. For too many Americans, the pain of this young man’s death feels like more than we can bear.
But bear it we must. The best way to honor Trayvon’s memory is to channel our pain and frustration into our work to create a country where all our sons and brothers can walk the streets without fear.
We stand with our colleagues who invoked Dr. Martin Luther King’s call to choose community over chaos in these trying times. Healthy communities are ones where all young people—regardless of the color of their skin—can walk or skip or jump down the street and not be at risk.
President Obama said that if he had a son he’d look like Trayvon. Our sons across California look like Trayvon, too. Tonight in Fresno, in Oakland and in Los Angeles they’ll be walking home from their summer jobs or pickup soccer games or from looking in on their grandmothers. When we look at these young men, we should see future teachers, doctors, fathers and community leaders. We should look at them with love not fear. They are the future of California. If we invest in them, they will rise to this challenge. Our future is inextricably bound to theirs. We are in this together.
Along with many partners, we have begun this work with the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color. I encourage you to join us as we work to help all young men live up to their God-given potential.
None of our young people are disposable. Every life is valuable.
Poster created by Oakland Residents
NMA Region VI Partners with CDU to Produce Historical Exhibit About Black Doctors
Richard Allen Williams, MD, Regional Chair for the National Medical Association Region VI has entered into collaboration with CDU to produce a historical display and exhibit that will premiere at CDU’s Annual Reception for Alumni, Faculty, and Friends on July 29, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. The display, entitled “The Black Physician: Emergence, Evolution, and Education,” will elaborate on the history of the appearance of black doctors on the American scene before, during, and after slavery, and will also highlight not only the careers of individual doctors but also the development of the medical schools and h ospitals which trained them.
The Charles R. Drew Medical Society, will also co-host this unique, original exposition, which is intended to illustrate the contributions of African American physicians to our medical system in the United States. The core material in the display will be supplied by the National Library of Medicine and the historical archives of Dr. Williams, who will also narrate the display. CDU showcased the exhibit last year as part of its tribute to Black surgeons.
Dr. Williams states, “This historical exhibit is very timely when we are focusing on healthcare disparities among people of color in America. The fact that less than 6% of doctors in this country are Black points to a deficiency which cries out for a remedy. We hope that healthcare reform under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will increase diversity in the medical field so that there will be more Black doctors to treat Black patients. It’s a simple equation with a logical solution: in order to improve healthcare delivery to needy minorities, we must increase the number of Black medical students so that we can produce more Black doctors. This is not rocket science, and it is eminently doable. But before we can move forward, we have to know where we’ve been, and this exposition accomplishes that. It is entirely appropriate to have the largest Black medical organization in the world, the NMA (founded in 1895) to join with CDU, the n ewest of the historically Black schools and universities to put forth this display and focus the effort to achieve racial and ethnic equity on historical grounds.”
The CDU reception will be held in conjunction with the National Medical Association Annual Convention and Symposium, July 27 – 29, 2013, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The COSH Radiologic Technology Program held its Annual Picnic and Softball Game on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Holly Park in Hawthorne. The event provided an opportunity for team building and bonding among the program’s junior and senior classes of students, and was a fun and enjoyable way to bid the senior class a fond farewell. The food was great, the weather was fantastic, and the ball game was competitive—with the seniors being the ultimate winners.
The Radiologic Technology Program (which includes: Eugene Hasson, Director; Carmen Saunders; Clinical Coordinator; Louis Armstead, Instructor; and Sergio Hernandez, Administrative Support) would like to thank the following persons: Ms. Pangkou Moua (Class of 2013) for organizing the event; the cooks: Johan Chong and Jereco Paras (Class of 2013); the DJ: Ms. Shorronda Warren, Administrative Support in the Health Information Technology program; and all of the students who participated and provided food, condiments, laughs and equipment. In addition, the program would like to extend a special thank you to the COSH Dean’s Office and to members of the COSH faculty and staff who provided help and support. Last but not least, the Radiologic Technology Program would like to thank all the students for making this event such a success.
|The Auxiliary to the Charles R. Drew Medical Society Gives Scholarships to the Students of CDU|
The Auxiliary to the Charles R. Drew Medical Society, an affiliate of the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association, recently presented scholarships to deserving CDU students at their meeting. The students represented all colleges and schools within the University. The Auxiliary did not have their annual fundraiser this year but felt the need to assist the students at CDU. It did not accept applications from other universities as is normally done when they hold their fundraisers. Auxiliary President, Dolores E. Caffey-Fleming, strongly endorsed this effort.
The funds for the scholarship awards were provided with the help of the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association, United Health, the Auxiliary to the Golden State Medical Association, and the Auxiliary to the Charles R. Drew Medical Society. The Auxiliary is made up of female and male spouses of physicians and aims to educate the community in matters of health assisting in the elimination of health disparities.
Auxilian, Sandra Goldsmith Bennett, presented the Alma Wells Givens Scholarships to CDU medical students, Ebony King and Barbara Strong. President, Caffey-Fleming, presented the Jesse B. Barber Scholarship to CDU medical student, Richard Morgan. Auxilian Blanche Smith, presented the Auxiliary to Golden State Medical Association Scholarship to CDU Nursing Student, Eyerus Masho. Auxiliary Vice-President, Catherine Cottles, presented the Melba Fields Memorial Scholarships to CDU Masters of Urban Public Health Students: Marqui Barber and Geneva Boyce. The students enjoyed a buffet brunch with Auxiliary members and each student gave an overview of their goals and aspirations upon receiving their scholarships. The event was very enjoyable and the students’ personal accounts of their lives were well received.
Barbara Strong and Auxilian, Sandra Goldsmith-Bennett
CDU student Richard Morgan and Auxiliary to the Charles R. Drew Medical Society President, Dolores Caffey-Fleming
|Welcome Dr. Mary Boyce New CDU Provost|
On July 11th we held a reception welcoming Dr. Mary Boyce as new Provost of CDU. The reception was held in the Cobb Building and was well attended by staff, faculty, and students. Dr. Carlisle kicked off the reception with remarks which were followed by CDSG President Clement Aroh, Academic Senate Vice-President Dr. Victor Chaban, and the guest of honor herself, Dr. Mary Boyce, gave closing remarks.
|2013 Women in STEM Awards honors CDU Alumnae|
Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (CA-15th District) announced the recipients of the 15th Assembly District Women of the Year Awards, celebrating women trailblazers who have made groundbreaking contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Dr. Simms-Mackey along with other honorees was recognized at an awards ceremony on June 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 Powell St., in Emeryville, CA. This year’s ceremony recognized women and organizations that have made groundbreaking contributions in STEM fields and have helped advance, involve or educate women and girls in STEM.
Pamela Simms-Mackey, M.D., '94 graduate Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program, dreamed of being a pediatrician since she was a little girl. In 2011, she was selected and featured by Oakland Magazine as one of the East Bay’s best doctors. She has been on the list Annually since 2011. Dr. Simms-Mackey, who grew up in Oakland, oversees training for Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland's 90 pediatric residents and 4 chief residents. Dr. Simms-Mackey has a particular passion for making sure all children have access to high quality medical care.
Pamela K. Simms-Mackey, MD