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April 2013

Message from the President

Dear CDU Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff:


As we come to the close of another progressive month for CDU, I am so proud of the achievements we have made together. We kicked the month off with numerous activities to celebrate National Public Health Week including a “Healthy Food Cook-Off.” Next, CDU students, staff and faculty, from all three of our schools as well as the Division of Student Services helped to organize and host the Spring Into Health Festival for families and children of South Los Angeles. Our Inaugural Legacy Leaders Spring Gala was a rousing success, and we were able to raise nearly $115,000 in support of Student Services and the Saturday Science Academy. The event theme "Honoring Legends, Investing In Our Future", is one that holds true here at CDU. Our staff appreciation event held on April 19th, also attested to how we here at CDU honor our legends, and on a beautiful and sunny day, we recognized and saluted employees that combined have contributed over 3,760 years of service.

Our Cesar Chavez Day Observation program, presented by post baccalaureate student Maria Rosales, was educational and moving. We have such a rich culture of diversity here at CDU, and as we continue to learn about our shared history, we will build our future.


   Have a great week,





Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science honors those that have passed on in the month of April whose life on Earth mirrors the Drew mission

Famed folk singer Richie Havens, the opening act at the 1969 Woodstock music festival, died Monday April 22, 2013, of a sudden heart attack. He was 72.
Havens, who retired three years ago, toured more than 30 years and recorded 30 albums. Havens big breakthrough at Woodstock came after another artist's equipment got stuck in traffic. He was supposed to be the fifth act.
"It was 5 o'clock and nothing was happening yet," Havens told Billboard. "I had the least instruments (to set up the stage) and the least people (in his band)."

So Havens went on and performed 40 minutes as planned.

Havens, a Brooklyn New York, native, told CNN in 1999 that music enabled him to leave his rough neighborhood to Greenwich Village and the music scene there. Music was always part of his life.

Havens' life and legacy is similar to that of ours at Drew. We have students here from all over the world that start with very little and end up with a great deal in terms of education and opportunity. Havens worked with what physical equipment and personnel of musicians that he had, but his talent, passion, and drive to succeed made history. 

On April 4th, CDU observed the birth of Cesar Chavez with an informative presentation of his life by 2nd year post baccalaureate student Maria Rosales. Dean Orum opened the event, welcoming students, faculty, and guests to the first of what will be an annual observation of Chavez’s life. Rosales commented on how being a Drew student inspired her to put the well-presented and well received program together.

The quote she identified with most from Chavez was, “Students must have initiative, not be mere imitators, be free.” Dr. Carlisle said that the famous, “Si se puede tagline of the United Farm Workers Union is what Drew is all about.” Dr. Carlisle also shared his experience when he met Cesar Chavez at a political event on health care reform.

There was a lively discussion post presentation about race, multiculturalism, and the future of movement leaders that will walk in the footsteps of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.



Upcoming Dates and CDU Events

Moncler Outlet 5/10/2013 : HIV Continuing Education Series for Nurses
5/20/2013 : Support the Charles Drew Mobile Testing Project
5/23/2013 : University Open Forum
6/1/2013  : CDU Commencement



Most of you cross the street at 118th Street from the employee parking lot to the main campus every day and are aware of the traffic volume you encounter. CDU has been working with LA County to come up with better safety measures for everyone who has to cross this busy street. In addition to proposals for speed bumps and a crosswalk, we would also like to provide tips to keep everyone safe and distraction free when crossing the street.

Please think about and follow these simple steps:

1. Stay off your wireless device. 

2. Look both ways before crossing the street, and keep looking while crossing the street.

3. When crossing at night, always exercise extra caution.

Stay Safe Out There!




This year's Spring Into Health event designed to raise public awareness of local health & wellness resources, promote healthy lifestyles, and give confidence to individuals seeking responsibility for their own health was quite a day!  Over 182 families attended the health festival representing over 622 attendees at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, with over 20 community organizations providing health resources and information, product giveaways, music and entertainment, as well as games and prizes for children.

 The Festival provided over 70 people with hypertension and diabetes screenings and 25 children with fluoride treatments. In addition, families learned about sustainable gardening and children were given their own vegetable or herb to transplant and share with their families at home. 

 “Events like this are a great service to South Los Angeles residents, bringing together the community and connecting people with resources they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Daphne Calmes, Interim Dean, College of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University.

 “[Events like Spring Into Health also] allow us to provide education, facilitate access to medical resources, and help community members to take an active role in their health. These principals are central to our mission of promoting health and wellness in underserved communities.  I believe that making the event accessible by holding it within the community and offering a wide range of services, information, and interactive activities were key to its success says Maita Kuvhenguhwa, CDU Spring Into Health Organizer and 4th Year Medical Student.”

The health fair seeks to provide resources to residents disproportionately affected with negative health outcomes. In the neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, 33% of children are overweight and one in seven residents are living with diabetes.







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Heart disease/stroke, cancer, diabetes and AIDS prevention remain among the top diseases that affect minority populations. While significant strides have been made to combat these diseases, Moncler Outletthere is still a long way to go. Though life expectancy and infant mortality rates have improved greatly for Americans, some minorities are disproportionately affected by preventable disease, disability and even death compared to non-minorities. There exists a great need to aggressively identify and implement new and more effective prevention and intervention strategies. 
Currently, heart disease along with stroke is the leading killer across most racial and ethnic minority communities in the United States. Says Dr. David Martins, Assistant Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs at CDU, “Currently, we are exploring the role of vitamin D in the prevention of heart disease and diabetes, along with a regimen of diet and exercise. We are also exploring video game exercises as a means of heart disease prevention, especially for patients who live in communities where it may not be safe to go outdoors for exercise.   High blood pressure is a large contributor to heart disease. People just assume because they feel well, they are well. We encourage everyone to get their blood pressure checked annually if normal. If it is not normal, they should be checked more often by a health care professional and if it is elevated, they should get care immediately. A tablet of aspirin a day reduces your risk of stroke and heart disease.”
HIV/AIDS has had a devastating impact on minorities in the United States. Racial and ethnic minorities accounted for almost 71 percent of the newly diagnosed cases of HIV.
Cynthia Davis, Assistant Professor in the Medical Sciences Institute at CDU has been a trailblazer in HIV/AIDS community outreach and mobilization. Says Davis, "In the third decade of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, HIV/AIDS continues to disproportionately impact African American women, youth, and men who have sex with men. This is a disease which is 100% preventable but due to denial, fear, stigma, homophobia, and lack of access to health care, HIV/AIDS continues to ravage our community.  The CDC currently recommends that everyone aged 14 to 64 in the U.S. obtain an annual HIV test".  Professor Davis is also involved in research which examines how factors such as HIV knowledge, alcohol abuse and childhood sexual abuse influence the rates of depression among HIV positive and HIV negative Latinos residing in South Los Angeles.
In keeping with its mission to conduct education, promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion, and transform the health of underserved communities, CDU is one of the health partners that participating in KJLH Radio’s Women’s Health Forum on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The annual event is geared toward increasing minority women’s health through lectures, free screenings and workshops.


The Charles R. Drew University’s HIV Mobile Testing Unit will be providing free rapid HIV testing at the 13th Annual KJLH Women’s Forum.

One in four of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States are women. Moreover, women of color account for about two-thirds of new HIV infections among women. The Charles R. Drew University’s HIV Mobile Testing Project is dedicated to providing primary prevention and HIV/AIDS education in Los Angeles County to eliminate health disparities and transform the lives of the underserved. Serving the area since 1991, the CDU HIV Mobile Testing Project has provided over 60,000 individuals with HIV testing, STD screenings, counseling and/or referral services.

Women attending the forum are encouraged to bring their male counterparts to participate in the “mancave.” A $25,000 cash prize will be raffled off to participants of the health screenings that will be offered at the event. 

The 13th Annual KJLH Women’s Forum is conducted with a panel of doctors, health experts and qualified health educators who will inform and update the KJLH listeners about important issues and concerns related to women’s health. KJLH listeners will be invited to attend the forum or listen by radio to the first half of the forum via the live broadcast.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to take advantage of free on-site health screenings and materials related to women’s health. The day includes free health screenings, exercise classes, breakout sessions, holistic health wellness village, healthy food samples, free massages and more.



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