Cynthia Davis, MPH., an assistant professor in the Medical Sciences Institute, was recently selected as a "Remarkable Women" by the Lifetime Television network.
Known as one of the best experts on HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles, Ms. Davis will be featured in 15-and 30-second videos that air several times daily between commercial breaks on the network, starting Fri., Nov. 26 and running through Thurs., Dec. 2.
"It's actually for dedicated work in the community," Ms. Davis said of the recognition. "This gives me and the university more visibility."
Other women who have been honored include, First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and California's First Lady, Maria Shriver.
Ms. Davis, who heads the university's HIV Mobile Testing and Outreach Project, launched the first mobile testing van program in the early 1990s in Los Angeles County. She also uses dolls to teach about the deadly disease through her "Dolls of Hope" program.
The accolade comes a week before World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. She will be speaking that day, and again a week later, at King/Drew Medical Magnet High School, which shares a campus with the university. She also will be performing free rapid HIV testing outside of the high school, along with a another mobile program from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation of Los Angeles.
Of the video tribute, she said, "It's a good thing."