Clinical Care Resources for patients



The Drew Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services (Drew CARES) at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science provides a unique and comprehensive approach to confronting HIV/AIDS. We combine research, community outreach programs, and clinical services in culturally appropriate ways to help communities in need. Our commitment to working with underserved populations to reduce health disparities starts in South Los Angeles and extends as far as sub-Saharan Africa.

We are based at Charles Drew University in South Los Angeles. The South LA population is 95% African American or Latino; nearly 60% of residents live in poverty. Prior to the establishment of HIV/AIDS services here in 1985, many people in South Los Angeles were forced to seek services at distant providers or to forego care altogether. By delivering a wide range of HIV services, Drew CARES improves access to care and health outcomes among African Americans and Latinos, as well as gay, lesbian and transgender individuals of all races. Clients receive high-quality medical care, mental health care, case management, and substance abuse treatment, among other much-needed HIV-related services. Equally as important, we have nurtured a vibrant, active, and supportive community of people living with HIV in South Los Angeles.

Our research advances the understanding of behavioral and cultural aspects of HIV/AIDS prevention and care, tests emerging treatments and examines the cellular mechanisms of HIV and related conditions. Our international research programs help equip our global partners in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world with effective tools to combat HIV.

Our education and training programs increase the HIV knowledge of healthcare providers, social workers and researchers while improving the quality of the HIV-related services they provide. For well over a decade, interns and students trained by Drew CARES have taken leadership positions in other HIV service organizations. Our education efforts also extend to local communities through educational forums on HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and other HIV-related topics.


OASIS CLINICOASIS is an HIV specialty care clinic staffed by a medical team with years of experience delivering HIV/AIDS care coordination and treatment for medical outpatient services, including the provision of comprehensive culturally competent medical evaluation and clinical care, medical specialty and subspecialty care referrals, and assistance with enrollment in California AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). In addition, the OASIS Clinic offers medical care coordination to HIV-positive patients spanning the full spectrum of HIV disease.
Located at: 1807 E. 120th Street Los Angeles, CA 90059
Clinic hours: Monday & Wednesday through Friday 8am-4:30pm; Tuesday 8am -8pm
Phone: (310) 668-5033 or (310) 668- 4213
Contact: Flor Monterrosa    
Email: fmonter@dhs.lacounty.gov

Read about OASIS’ work here
Watch an interview with OASIS Director Dr. Jordan.


SPECTRUM Clinic is a mental health services clinic for people living with HIV/AIDS. It serves as a provider of “last resort” for clients that do not have other payment sources for case management, benefits counseling, mental health and substance abuse counseling, and a number of peer-led programs. In addition, SPECTRUM collaborates with other organizations to provide specialized housing services, dental treatment, legal services and a food bank on site for its clients.

SPECTRUM Community Services and Research, a community-based clinical and research center that provides HIV care to over 500 people, primarily African-American and Latinos, each year and develops and evaluates innovative health services for underserved communities.

Address: 1731 East 120th Street, Building M, Los Angeles, CA 90059
Phone: (323) 563-4939
Hours :

  • Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

Website: PACIFIC www.HIVtrainingCDU.org
The Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center at Charles R. Drew University provides healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for patients infected with HIV in underserved and vulnerable populations.
Several CDU PAETC faculty possess particular expertise in substance abuse and mental health disorders that co-occur with HIV. As a result, many trainings focus on the interplay between these three dynamic forces.
Most trainings offer continuing education hours for providers. The number of hours awarded depends on the specific training. In early 2014, PAETC will be offering on-line CEUs free of charge for selected trainings.

CDU PAETC is funded by the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI).


  • To improve the care of people living with HIV/AIDS by increasing the number of health care providers who are able to counsel, diagnose, treat, and medically manage persons with HIV infection and to decrease HIV transmission by promoting risk reduction
  • To provide health care professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for HIV-infected patients in underserved and vulnerable populations
  • To increase the numbers of trained health care professionals caring for patients living with HIV
  • To give health care professionals the skills to educate and counsel their patients to prevent the transmission of HIV
  • To respond to the needs of emerging populations and the changing face of the epidemic, especially among of communities of color


  • Physicians
  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Pharmacists
  • Oral Health Professionals
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Professionals
  • Other health care professionals, especially Ryan White CARE Act-funded providers working with hard-to-reach and underserved populations
  • Other health professionals providing direct service to people with HIV/AIDS

CDU PAETC trainings build knowledge and skills through relevant HIV presentations especially designed for providers. Examples:

  • The Affordable Care Act & HIV in LA County: What Do We Know Now? Where Are We Going?
  • Teeth Chatter: HIV & Oral Health
  • Innocence Lost: Childhood Sexual Trauma & HIV
  • Urban TB, HIV & Social Determinants of Health
  • HIV and Crack Cocaine: What Clinicians Need to Know
  • What Happens on the Inside: HIV and Incarceration
  • Meth and HIV
  • HIV and Pregnancy
  • Service Delivery to Transgendered Clients
  • HIV and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Never Mix, Never Worry: Interactions Between HIV Medications and Other Substances
  • Engagement in HIV Care: How to Keep Patients Coming Back
  • From La Botanica to the HIV Clinic: Caring for Hispanic Patients Who Benefit from Both

Click here for Full Training Calendar
Training Modalities

  • Individual and group consultations
  • Hands on clinical training
  • Didactic presentations
  • Skill building presentations
  • Technical assistance

CDUPAETC offers assistance to providers and/or administrators on any number of relevant healthcare topics (e.g., clinic capacity building, service system delivery issues, engagement in care, etc.) For example, a primary care clinic would like to begin offering HIV services. CDU PAETC will collaborate with local experts who will offer advice on reorganizing clinic structure to accommodate new services.
CDU PAETC assists providers with increasing clinical competence through on-site and/or telephone consultation – available both for medical and mental health/substance abuse issues. For example, advice for a provider seeing a patient who has a challenging substance abuse issue.
Pacific AIDS Education & Training Center
Charles Drew University
1748 E. 118th Street, Building M
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Phone (323) 357-3402: Fax (323) 563-9333: Website: www.HIVtrainingCDU.org


Curley Bonds, MD
Director /Principle Investigator

Wilbert Jordan, MD
Medical Director

Phil Meyer, LCSW
Associate Director

Maya Gil-Cantu, MPH
Program Coordinator

* Contact Maya Gil-Cantu to be added to the CDU PAETC training announcement email list.