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January 29, 2016  

President Obama Appointee on U.S. Global Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS to Lead Community Forum at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

 

LOS ANGELES, CA — Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is pleased to welcome Ambassador-at-Large Deborah L. Birx, M.D.,Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, to campus on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. Ambassador Birx will lead an open community forum on Ending the AIDS Epidemic by 2030: From Vision to Action,” to hear ideas fromSouth Los Angeles community members, researchers, practitioners, and students.

“CDU is located in SPA-6, an area disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. The visit from the Ambassador highlights President Obama Administration’s commitment to finally ending the epidemic,” said Dean Sheldon D. Fields, PhD, RN, Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing. 

In 2010, the President launched the nation’s first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and followed up with an updated version last year. The plan is aimed at reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to care to improve health outcomes for people living with HIV, reducing HIV-related disparities, and achieving a coordinated national response.

CDU faculty and staff are leaders in HIV/AIDS research and community-based outreach. The Oasis Clinic, which will be toured during the Ambassador’s visit, has offered comprehensive HIV/AIDS medical care for three decades, spanning the full spectrum of HIV disease from HIV testing to late-stage AIDS, and has helped treat thousands of South Los Angeles community members.

WHAT:                 Community Forum: Ending the AIDS Epidemic by 2030: From Vision to Action
Open to the Public
Media can RSVP to:  Isidra Person Lynn, Communications Specialist
(323) 563-5833 or isidrapersonlynn@cdrewu.edu

WHEN:                
                Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 11:45 PM - 12:40 PM

WHERE:               Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, 
                              W.M. Keck Auditorium 
                              1731 East 120th Street 
                              Los Angeles, California 90059

WHO:                   Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS andU.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy.

Ambassador Birx is a world-renowned medical expert and leader in the field of HIV/AIDS. Her three-decade-long career has focused on HIV/AIDS immunology, vaccine research, and global health. As the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Birx oversees the implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease in history, as well as all U.S. government engagement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Serving as the U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, she aligns the U.S. government’s diplomacy with foreign assistance programs that address global health challenges and accelerate progress toward: achieving an AIDS-free generation; ending preventable child and maternal deaths; and preventing, detecting, and responding to infectious disease threats.

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Contact:
Isidra Person-Lynn,
Communications Specialist
isidrapersonlynn@cdrewu.edu
323.563.5833 or 213.422.8707

 

 

 
 

About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,700 post-graduate physicians, more than 1,200 physician assistants, 450 nurses and hundreds of other health professionals. CDU’s mission is to conduct education, research and clinical services in the context of community engagement to train health professionals who promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion, and transform the health of underserved communities. For more information, visit http://www.cdrewu.edu/ .

 
 

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