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    Message from the President

Dear CDU Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff:


Summer is certainly here! The hot weather brings hot events and topics to CDU! While we all enjoy this weather, it is important to stay cool, hydrated, and to wear sun block to prevent any sun related illness. We warmly welcomed our new Provost, Dr. Mary Boyce with a morning reception, after which we were all able to mix and mingle together. I know that with our busy schedules, reprieves like this allow us to fellowship with one another and take a much deserved break. We received news that our WASC Special Site visit was rescheduled from Spring 2014 to Spring 2015. We are stretching our muscles and filling our water bottles for the Aztlan 5K Classic run/walk at East Los Angeles College, proceeds of which will benefit the University’s Edward R. Roybal Scholarship Endowment.

We are also gearing up for the National Medical Association (NMA) Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly which will be held in Toronto, Canada from July 27th-31st. This annual event reunites many alumni from our Graduate Medical Education Program, Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program, and the College of Science and Health.

I would be remiss in any message to the CDU family not to mention the Trayvon Martin case. As a father myself, I mourn the loss of this young man. I cannot understand the basis for the tragedy that resulted from the Stand Your Ground law, and stand with our Nation’s President in seeing this law amended. Nevertheless, during times like these, I respect and encourage all of us to express our feelings and voice in a way that honors the life of Trayvon and respect his parent’s call for peace.
 
Enjoy the rest of your Summer!
 

President Carlisle

 

U.S. Department of Education, Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) Grant

On Tuesday, June 18, the College of Science and Health welcomed back students who had previously participated in the University’s College Bound Prep program. College Bound Prep Alumni Day provided students with sessions on financial aid, choosing the right college and a keynote address by Charles R. Drew faculty member, Dr. Christopher Reid.  College Bound Prep alumni also attended a presentation by COPE Health Solutions, providing students with opportunities to gain valuable clinical experience while in college. All participating students received a certificate of appreciation recognizing their efforts. Students were reminded by Dr. Reid that, “a plan is simply a dream with a schedule”, and that with adequate planning, those dreams will be achieved. The success of this program was made possibleby the

U.S. Department of Education, Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) Grant # P120A070063 and P120A090069.

Special thanks to all who participated.

 On Tuesday, June 18, the College of Science and Health welcomed back students who had previously participated in the University’s College Bound Prep program. College Bound Prep Alumni Day provided students with sessions on financial aid, choosing the right college and a keynote address by Charles R. Drew faculty member, Dr. Christopher Reid.  College Bound Prep alumni also attended a presentation by COPE Health Solutions, providing students with opportunities to gain valuable clinical experience while in college. All participating students received a certificate of appreciation recognizing their efforts. Students were reminded by Dr. Reid that, “a plan is simply a dream with a schedule”, and that with adequate planning, those dreams will be achieved. The success of this program was made possible by the U.S. Department of Education, Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) Grant # P120A070063 and P120A090069. Special thanks to all who participated

Upcoming Dates and CDU Events


7/27/-7/31/13:
National Medical Association Covention and Scientific Assembly Toronto, Ontario, Canada

8/3/2013: CDU celebrates its 47th Birthday
8/7/2013-8/9/2013: Discover CDU New Student Orientation
8/9/2013: HIV Continuing Education Series for Nurses Keck Lecture Hall
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Drew Cares
Contact: Maya Gil-Cantu (maya@HIVtrainingCDU.org)

8/11/2013: Aztlan 5K Classic Run
Registration for Aztlan 5K Classic Run via link below

8/28/2013: University Open Forum
9/7/2013: Legacy Harmony Series & Zoku @ Little Tokyo LA
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
Summer Pre-MPH Skills Workshops

The Summer Pre-MPH Skills Workshops, funded by a CDU Mission Maker Mini Grant awarded to Sondos Islam, PhD, MPH, MS, Director of the Urban Public Health Program (UPH) in the College of Science and Health, is a three-week hands-on workshop series designed to prepare incoming students to succeed as graduate health professional students. Topics include:

  • Tips for: MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and MS Excel
  • Critical Thinking Strategies I, II and lll
  • Role of Statistics in Health Policy
  • Using the Internet for Literature Searches
  • Using Endnote

This workshop series will enhance the knowledge, skills and competencies of the Urban Public Health Program’s incoming students as they embark on their graduate studies.  In addition, their self-efficacy and confidence will be increased along with their ability to apply the newly acquired skills in a hands-on setting. It will also enhance their critical thinking, writing and research skills, thus ensuring student success and furthering CDU’s and the UPH Program’s missions. By participating in this workshop, CDU’s incoming students, and eventual MPH graduates, will be better equipped to enter the workforce and excel as health professionals.

 

WASC 2013 Interim Report and Next Special Site Visit

On June 17, 2013 CDU received the official response from WASC on the outcomes of their review of the Interim Report we submitted this past March.  WASC commended CDU “for a singularly direct and accurate portrayal of the financial condition of the institution.”  In recognition of our substantial financial progress and with the intent of reducing our reporting obligations, WASC granted a deferral of their next Special Visit to CDU from spring 2014 to spring 2015.  In place of a spring 2014 site visit and comprehensive report, we must provide a Progress Report that updates the financial status of the university.

The WASC Action Letter with full details on the interim report review and scope of the progress report is posted on the CDU website at http://www.cdrewu.edu/about-cdu/wasc

 

23rd Annual Aztlan 5K Classic Run/Walk

Next month on August 11th, join community leaders and CDU for the 23rd Aztlan Annual 5K Classic run/walk at East Los Angeles college in Monterey Park. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Edward R. Roybal Scholarship Fund.There will be live entertainment following the run/walk, that includes the band Plaza de la Raza performing live mariachi and de flamenco music. The run/walk begins at 8 a.m. Aztec dancers kick off the activities by performing a ritual dance to bless the runners/walkers. This beautiful cultural experience is a not miss so make sure to set your alarms!  To register to participate in the run/walk, click on the link below and register with Team CDU

Aztlan Events (Aztlan Athletics), has been involved in strengthening communities through innovative fundraising since 1974. Their mission is to widen the circle of support for those agencies that align with prevention, conservation and recovery, while engaging youth in challenging themselves towards excellence.
Come on out and showyour support CDU!
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.
 
In Case You Missed It...

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 

Barbara Strong and Auxilian, Sandra Goldsmith-Bennett


student Richard Morgan and Auxiliary to the Charles R. Drew Medical Society President, Dolores Caffey-Fleming

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 Simms-Mackey, M.D.

Pamela K. Simms-Mackey, MD