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January 2014

Message from the President

Dr. CarlisleDear CDU Family,

Welcome to 2014! It's my pleasure to start this New Year in your company.

As we re-emerge from the Holiday season and step back into life as usual, I'd like to encourage all of us to reflect on what has made the past year so challenging and worthwhile. Every day I am reminded of the strength and depth of this community.  Thank you for making 2013 so special and impactful.

January is known as a time of New Year's resolutions, especially related to staying healthy. So I hope that in 2014, our CDU community fosters healthy living -- not in the form of fleeting promises, but instead to the lifelong commitment to improving the health of the community at large.

As you may have noticed, I began this year with a weekly “President’s Message” sharing our accomplishments, what lies ahead, and focusing on what unites the CDU family –our vision, our mission and our values. Through our weekly message and our monthly newsletter, I hope to keep you up-to-date on all of the great work happening on campus.

I believe 2014 will be a great year for CDU.  Thank you for being a part of this journey.


President David M. Carlisle

CDU Receives $350,000 Grant from The CA Wellness Foundation

A one-year $350,000 grant from The California Wellness Foundation was awarded to support the implementation of a Women’s Wellness Collaborative. The grant will fund the Video Opportunities for Innovative Condom Education and Safer Sex, or “VOICES,” a culturally specific, video-based intervention for STD clinic patients promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) The project is led by Cynthia Davis, MPH, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine and College of Science and Health at CDU, who spearheaded the first HIV/AIDS mobile testing pilot demo program in Los Angeles County in 1991. Since then, the program has been replicated and resulted in funding to more than 60 other programs that are considered best practices and examples of standards and best practices for care.

Davis is hopeful about what the funding might mean for underserved women: “(This is an) opportunity to see if by using this new model, we can have more positive health outcomes in our community when you look at all the health disparities that exist in medically underserved communities.” 

Coming Up!

February 03: 2014 CDU Black History Month Kick Off, 11:30 am - 2 pm, Keck Lecture Hall

February 14: Valentine's Day

February 17: Presidents Day (3 day weekend) FYI

February 19: Crossing the Cultural Divide, Keck Lecture Hall, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

February 26: CDU Senior Speaker Series, A Special Presentation by Dr. Gus Gill, Keck Lecture Hall, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

February 27: The Bust Unveiling Ceremony for  the late Dr. Mervyn M. Dymally at 10 am, Life Sciences Research and Nursing Education Building-Atrium

April 24: Legacy Leaders Spring Gala Honoring Legends - Championing Our Mission, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

CDU Celebrates a Day of Service at the Kingdom Day Parade

CDU At the King Parade

On January 20th, while many people enjoyed a day off, at least 30 CDU students, staff and faculty gave a day of service by marching in the 29th Annual Kingdom Day Parade. They honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Led by CDU president Dr. David M. Carlisle, students from the College of Science and Health and the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing students proudly wore their starched white coats and showed the thousands of cheering fans that there are health professionals being trained right here in the southland at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

We thank the following participants: From the School of Nursing: Dr. Shirley Evers-Manly, Interim Dean, Belinda Addo and her 9 year-old son Josiah Williams, also a member of CDU’s Saturday Science Academy II (SSAII), Veronica Aguilar, Cathy Ajala-Staats, Karen Chu, Bolanle Fadoju, Alicia Hamilton, Jessica Hoffman and daughter Emi, Raquel Jupiter, Benjamin Omaiye, Stephanie Patterson, Tamara Prescod, Cherrelle Royster, Carine Tende, Faith Tubi, Faustine and Phebe Boye, Mariles Rosario. Clement Aroh, Charles Drew Student Government (CDSG) President carried the university gonfalon and Gordon Davis, student in the Urban Public Health Program represented the COSH. Dr. Khadijah Lang represented the CDU Alumni Association and the Charles R. Drew Medical Society (CRDMS). Dr. Nelson El-Amin also represented the CRDMS.

Staff included: Angela Minniefield, VP, Office of Strategic  Advancement, Jackie Brown, Director of Communications and Alumni Affairs, Damon Blue, Registrar, who drove his vintage Mercedes, Isidra Person-Lynn, Communications Specialist and her 10 year-old granddaughter Sakari Lynn.

For more parade photos,click here.

Naming Ceremony for the new Mervyn M. Dymally High School

Naming Ceremony

CDU representatives were on hand to celebrate the Naming Ceremony of the Mervyn M. Dymally High School Academy for Multilingual Arts & Sciences on January 23. The joyous event was attended by members of the Dymally family including his widow Alice Dymally and daughter Lynn Dymally; the Honorable Maxine Waters, State Senator Curren Price and many others.  CDU has a special and longheld relationship with the late Congressman Dymally. He served as Faculty Emeritus in the College of Medicine and the School of Nursing was named in his honor. The high school is located at 8800 S. San Pedro St. in Los Angeles.

Click for more photos.

CDU Student Initiated Farmers' Market to Celebrate One Year

Next month, the Vermont Village CDC Farmers' Market, the Heritage Education Group and CDU, will celebrate one year of serving South Los Angeles. CDU, in partnership with the Heritage Education Group and Vermont Village Community Development Department (CDC) initiated the opening of the Farmers’ Market in South Los Angeles.

With funding from the federal government’s, Department of Agriculture Famers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP), the Farmers’ Market opened in February 2013. This is a CDU student run enterprise and the grant for the project was written by former students in the University’s College of Science and Health’s Urban Masters in Public Health program.

The Farmers’ Market is open every Friday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and on the second Sunday of each month located at 7901 S. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90044.

14th Annual Junior White Coat Ceremony Honors Students in the Saturday Science Academy II

On Saturday, January 18,  the 14th Annual Junior White Coat Ceremony and Reception honored over 150 students who completed a 24 week program in the Saturday Science Academy II (SSAII). The SSAII is a program that encourages K-12 South Los Angeles students to excel in math, science and technology and pursue careers in the health professions. Graduates’ families gathered at King/Drew Medical Magnet High School to celebrate as graduates received a white lab coat, a universal symbol of the medical profession typically given at the beginning of medical school. Moncler Outlet

Under the direction of Lorraine Grey, the SSA II gathering was attended by hundreds of parents, dignitaries including hosts Pat Prescott from 94.7 FM The WAVE, and California State Senator Roderick Wright.

 “I’ve been attending Saturday Science Academy since I was in PreK  . . . Now I am getting A’s in all my classes,” said 6th grade SSA II participant Alayna Bowman. “Thank you to my parents and teachers, my fellow classmates at SSA II, but especially Miss Grey, for making me successful.”

Read the Junior White Coat Ceremony Press Release.

View pictures from the Junior White Coat Ceremony. 

Video: Watch Alayna Bowman's speech here.

Mission Maker Campaign over Halfway to Goal!

Good news from the CDU Mission Maker Campaign!  Jasmine Hill, Development Associate, reports that we are more than halfway to our goal!

“The 2012-2013 Mission Maker Campaign raised $42,943.08. This year, our goal for the 2013-2014 campaign is $52,000,” said Jasmine. “Thanks to the Phone-a-thon on Giving Tuesday, and to a mass mailing, we are receiving donations daily."

She is pleased to report that with online donations, and pledges, we have raised $38,446 so far!

"Thank you to everyone who has made a contribution. Special thanks to all CDU employees who have been contributing  through employee deductions." If you would like to contribute via Payroll Deduction, forms are available in the Office of Strategic Advancement.

“It’s not too late to contribute,” Jasmine said.  “The campaign runs through April 30, 2014.”

Visit: http://www.cdrewu.edu/giving/Makegifthermo  to make your gift today!





Profile: Keeping Healthcare Real with Prof. Cynthia Davis

As the Affordable Care Act comes into effect throughout the state, community health advocates are turning their attention to newly available resources for longer-term healthcare in underserved communities.

But for Cynthia Davis, MPH, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine and College of Science and Health, resources for preventative care services are only the first step in building effective continuing healthcare. In order to reach people, Prof. Davis keeps her finger on  “ the pulse of the community and (understands) the community norms and taboos associated with discussing sexual and reproductive health. ”

 Put simply, “You gotta keep it real,” Davis says. (Click to continue)


CDU has a full page profile in The Cause and Saludos

CDU is excited to announce its inclusion of a full page profile in The Cause and Saludos.

"Saludos specializes in joining the Hispanic bilingual professional with companies looking for DIVERSITY in the workplace," said Dr. Toni ELBoushi, Asst. VP, Chief Human Resources Officer.

To view CDU’s profile, click here or copy this to your browser: http://content.yudu.com/Ap0lv/thecause/resources/46.htm

Dr. Sallie Tucker-Allen Fundraising Update

A whole new way to give! Brochures will soon go out to ask supporters of CDU, nurses and colleagues to support the first endowed chair for the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing. This endowed chair honors Dr. Sallie Tucker-Allen, FAAN, (pictured) founder of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty Inc, and her lifelong interest in the dissemination of scholarly contributions of minority nurse academicians, researchers, clinicians, and executives. The endowed fund has been established to recruit and support nursing faculty who have an interest in cultural diversity, as well as, providing mentoring for minority scholars, to write grant proposals, conduct research and publish. 

Dr. Sallie Tucker-Allen addressed the first nursing CDU conference and candidly recounted her personal struggles and those of nurses in general in the field of nursing.  After the day long conference, the creation of the fund was announced.  Her husband, Charles Allen pledged the first $5,000 to inspire others to donate.

For more information about the Dr. Sallie Tucker-Allen Endowed chair, click here

Neurosurgeon Dr. Keith Black to speak - A Healthcare Tsunami: Decline of Cognitive Function with Aging at Crenshaw Christian Center Feb. 16


World-renowned Neurosurgeon Dr. Keith L. Black will be the Keynote Speaker on February 16 at a collaborative event hosted by the CDU Academic Senate’s Committee on Clinical and Community Programs and Crenshaw Christian Center’s Alzheimer’s Board. His topic? A Healthcare Tsunami: Decline of Cognitive Function with Aging.

Together, they will present an informational seminar on the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease in the African American community. It’s a quarterly Colloquia Series that the committee has facilitated for the past 2 years to heighten awareness about health disparities impacting racial/ethnic minorities residing in Spa 6.

Keith L. Black, MD, serves as Chairman and Professor of the Department of Neurosurgery, Director of Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute and Director of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Brain Tumor Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. An internationally renowned neurosurgeon and scientist, Dr. Black joined Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in July 1997 and was awarded the Ruth and Lawrence Harvey Chair in Neurosciences in November of that year.

Please share the flyer at the link: Click here.

Honoring Black History Month: Dr. Patricia Era Bath, a Pioneer in Laser Eye Technology

In honor of February's Black History Month, we would like to honor former CDU faculty member, Dr. Patricia Era Bath. A true pioneer,  she was the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology (1973). Two years later, she became the first female faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute. In 1976, Bath co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, which established that "eyesight is a basic human right." In 1986, Bath invented the Laserphaco Probe, which removed cataracts and transformed eye surgery by using a laser device making the procedure more accurate. Dr. Bath was the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent, and now holds four.

At CDU, Dr. Bath was the Department Chair of the Opthamology Residency Training Program, becoming the first woman ever to head such a department. 

Read more about Dr. Bath in the National Library of Medicine

Holidays 2013--The Wrap Up--Get Your Holiday Photo HERE!

The Holidays were a great time here at CDU. Yes, this is the New Year (Happy New Year--cue confetti and the noisemakers) but here are some memorable images you may have missed. Thank you to all who brought holiday cheer not only to our CDU campus, but also to our community.  Click the links to see the sheer joy on the faces of local students. You  may even find a picture of yourself taken at the University Holiday Reception.

Photo Galleries:

  • Project Santa Claus, College of Medicine:  Click Here
  • Farmer's Market Christmas Toy Give Away at Lincoln Elementary: Click Here
  • Lincoln Elementary visits the School of Nursing: Click Here
  • Christmas Tree Lighting at Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital: Click Here
  • University Holiday Reception (Lobby of the Cobb Building): There are 9 pages of  photos so, please be sure and find yours! Click Here.


Did You Know?

Did You Know: Are You Updated About CDU?

CDU has some new things to be aware of:

Notice Our New Logo has the "R." added to Charles R. Drew.  Please do not use any other logo! If you need the current logo we have them available in the Office of Strategic Advancement.  Or email your request to isidrapersolynn@cdrewu.edu.

New Tagline: We have a new tagline: "A Private University with a Public Mission." Please do not continue to use the outdated tagline on your letterhead, flyers, CDU apparel, signage, banners and email signatures.

We have posted our Revised Mission Statement, new Vision Statements and Values:  Read them.  They have been updated: Click Here

You will be quizzed!

Website Redesign Phase II

You may have noticed quite a few website changes towards the end of last year.  We organized information, added more visuals and created a better user experience.  This was just Phase 1, focused on content for each academic department and students.  We are now moving into Phase 2, with a focus on the research department, the faculty/staff portal and alumni portal.  To implement these updates, we are working closely with a liason at each of the departments. Don't hesitate to reach out to your department's liason for any suggested changes!

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