Charles R. Drew University’s International Health Programs Department works to reduce global health inequities and promote effective preventative public health measures among underserved populations worldwide. The local experience with underserved communities within the South Los Angeles area has given researchers and clinicians a wealth of experience in cultural competency, compassion, innovation and excellence, as we work abroad. By sharing health models of training, intervention and healing across geographic, ethnic and cultural boundaries, researchers can build specific and effective collaboration models that promote health empowerment and positive outcomes within diverse communities worldwide. Faculty and students serve on international, national and local health representative boards.
The International Programs Department at CDU aims to:
- Contribute to a global health equities strategy by fostering effective and culturally competent institutional and international community relationships across country boundaries in order to reduce health disparities worldwide.
- Establish innovative curricular models and principles in collaboration with specific countries for targeted population interventions or specialized conditions (ex. tropical diseases and military health interventions).
- Maintain an extensive international databank of interventions and statistical data to be utilized among various cross disciplinary clinical, research, community health education and public health settings.