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April 11, 2013  

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Presents “Honoring Legends Investing In Our Future” Legacy Leaders Spring Gala

Cynthia Davis Honored For Legacy of HIV/AIDS Education and Outreach For Underserved

Los Angeles—(April, 11, 2013) Yesterday evening, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) presented its inaugural Legacy Leaders Spring Gala.   The event’s theme, “Honoring Legends Investing In Our Future” represents ‘legendary leaders’ who have supported CDU throughout its 46-year history.  Proceeds for the event support student services at CDU and the Saturday Science Academy II—the University’s premier education pipeline program for children and youth grades K-12. Over 300 students, staff, faculty, alumni, CDU friends, and donors attended and honored this year’s legend—Professor Cynthia C. Davis, MPH, Director, CDU HIV/AIDS Mobile Outreach Project. 

At the California Science Center, Grammy Award Nominee, Lalah Hathaway, performed and the Mistress of Ceremonies was Toni Guinyard of NBC4 News. The CDU Legacy Leaders Spring Gala raises awareness of individuals – “legends” – whose life and work embodies CDU’s legacy of service through education, patient and care and research.  The event also raises awareness of the University’s phenomenal academic and pipeline programs that educate students and train future health providers that are as diverse as California’s population.             
The evening honored Professor Davis, who currently teaches in CDU’s Urban MPH program in the College of Science and Health. She has a long legacy of HIV/AIDS Community Education and Outreach in Los Angeles.  In 1991, she collaborated with the Homeless Outreach Project and El Centro Human Services to develop the first dedicated mobile HIV testing and community outreach project in Los Angeles County in 1991, which inspired future models for reaching hard-to-reach at risk racial/ethnic minority populations in Los Angeles County

“CDU has a long tradition of educating and working with innovative and compassionate health care professionals,” said Dr. David Carlisle, President of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. “Cynthia Davis has contributed greatly to our mission, and ultimately to South Los Angeles. This Gala reminds our students that – like Cynthia Davis – true leaders use their roles to inspire and help their community.”
Cynthia Davis remarked, “This has been an amazing evening. For the University to acknowledge me in this way is amazing. I’d like to especially thank Dr. David Carlisle, CDU Administration and CDU staff for making this possible. I am eternally grateful.”
Sponsors of the CDU Spring Gala included: The California Wellness Foundation, AltaMed, Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente, Cedars Sinai, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA Health System, Dignity Health , Walgreens, The California Endowment, The Los Angeles Sentinel and Southern California Edison

Funds raised by the Gala willincrease student support services focused on increasing
student recruitment and retention. The local community will benefit from the
University's diverse student body and graduates who are committed to increased primary care access as well as the delivery of healthcare services with excellence and compassion. In addition, funds will benefit Saturday Science Academy II--a K-12, educational pipeline program that exposes underrepresented minority students ages four to 18 to science and math.

More about Legacy Leader, Professor Cynthia Davis

Cynthia Davis is an Assistant Professor and Program Director in the Medical Sciences Institute and College of Science and Health at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU).  She is passionate about and has worked proactively to slow the spread of HIV/AIDS among underserved and disenfranchised people of color on a local, national and international basis. In 1986, Professor Davis was asked to direct one of the first Centers for Disease Control and Prevention programs targeting the African American community on a national scale under the auspices of the National Organization of Black County Officials. In 1991, Professor Davis collaborated with the Homeless Outreach Project and El Centro Human Services to develop the first dedicated mobile HIV testing and community outreach project in Los Angeles County.  This mobile testing project was so successful, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services replicated the project and mobile testing became a model for reaching hard-to-reach at risk racial/ethnic minority populations in Los Angeles County.  Professor Davis currently teaches in CDU’s Urban MPH program in the College of Science and Health and enjoys serving as a faculty instructor and mentor for these future public health professionals. Professor Davis’ latest undertaking involves a CDU MPH student driven project regarding the development of a new Farmers’ Market in South Los Angeles working in collaboration with Crenshaw Christian Center and Heritage Education Group. 

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About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals. The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS. Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the best performaer in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute. For more information, visit http://www.cdrewu.edu/.

 
 

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