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May 2014

Message from the President

Dr. CarlisleGreetings!

Congratulations to the Class of 2014! By working hard and following your passion, you have gained something precious: a CDU education. This means you pursue all your endeavors with excellence and compassion. Thousands of alumni attribute their success to that ability and to their CDU classes. Class of 2014, I believe you will be amazed as you continue to apply your CDU education. The education you received here will unfold for the rest of your lives. 

This year also marks a significant milestone in the University’s history -  our 30th year of graduating students dedicated to fulfilling the Mission of CDU.  As we celebrate the Class of 2014,  we also celebrate our alumni along with the faculty who trained them and the staff who supported them.   On Saturday, May 31st, please join me as we congratulate the Class of 2014 and to thank them for representing CDU in the health professions.

I’m excited to welcome our new cohorts of students entering both the College of Science and Health and the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing for the summer session.

On campus we are celebrating accomplishments and embracing the new!

President David M. Carlisle

Understanding Cinco de Mayo by Armando Estrada


Photos of Armando Estrada speaking at the Cinco de Mayo event
Understanding Cinco de Mayo

Note: This is the text of Cinco de Mayo Speech Delivered by Armando Estrada, Director of Risk Management and Campus Safety and Security delivered this address at the CDU Annual Cinco de Mayo Observance.  More photos are available here
Good Afternoon everyone, thank you for attending today’s celebration.

Sometime beginning this afternoon, and all throughout Los Angeles, bars and restaurants will turn on their Cinco de Mayo drink specials, Grocery chains will offer “specials”, in fact, one offers all liquor, while some don’t offer any specials for this holiday; but offer a wish of “Feliz Cinco de Mayo” to its patrons in the top right corner of the ad.  Over the past weekend, celebrations were taking place all over the southland with music, Mexican food and in some places, Latin art.  Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles is in celebration until 10:00 p.m. tonight.
The commercialization of this very important holiday is here, yet, many of those celebrating do not know why?
Many Latinos of Mexican descent celebrating here in the U.S. will not know that on this day, 152 years ago in 1862, the Mexican Army battled and defeated a French Army lead by Army General Laurencez under the leadership of Napoleon III.  The “Battle of Puebla” occurred in the small town of Puebla, Mexico. The battle was fought on muddy land and most of the Mexican Army consisted of Agricultural workers armed with old rifles and machetes. (If you do not know what a machete is, magnify a pocket knife about 100 times!)
Those celebrating today may also not know that during the same year in 1862; the United States was in the midst of a civil war.
In case you are wondering where Puebla is, it is located approximately 100 miles south of Mexico City.
As people sit around beer, nachos and hot wings, some will have no idea the French army outnumbered the Mexican Army 6000 to 4000.  The French were better equipped and as many men, against all odds for the Mexican Army they defeated the French.  The defeat of the French army was significant for the United States as well as Mexico. Why?  Under Napoleon’s leadership, Napoleon felt if he can conquer Mexico, it would bring the French closer to an already divided United States.
Prior to the battle in Puebla, diplomats from Spain, Great Britain and the French ended up on the waters of Veracruz.  They came to collect money owed to them by Mexico.
Allow me to digress for a minute:
When I was in Guadalajara Mexico visiting and staying the summer with my abuelita (Grandmother), which I did every year until I was 14, I don’t remember her ever talking about Cinco de Mayo. What I do remember is her thoughts on one man: Benito Juarez.  In fact, she had a black and white photo of him in the living room area of her home.  President Juarez was a great leader to many Mexicans and served 5 terms in office.
Benito Juarez was the president of Mexico during the battle at Puebla.  President Juarez was responsible for suspending payments to Spain, Great Britain and France.  This is why the three countries landed in Veracruz to collect on a debt.
Mexico was all but bankrupt due to a poor economy and a couple of wars including  the Mexican/American war.  President Juarez tried to propose a compromise on Mexico’s debts. Unfortunately, the three countries refused the compromise and seized the customhouse at Veracruz.  They did this in order to intercept customs payments to collect the debt.  Spain and Great Britain eventually reached a compromise. The French did not and headed to Mexico City under Army General Laurencez.
 Mexico’s Army General, Ignacio Zaragoza, born in Texas, was a member of President Juarez’s cabinet. Zaragoza knew the French were on their way.
Most will not know that the battle of Puebla on May 5th, was actually the second time the French Army and the Mexican Army did battle.  On April 28, 1862, the forces battled in Acultzingo another small town in Mexico and the Mexicans were forced to retreat.  The battle of Puebla offered favorable conditions and Zaragoza knew French forces would be headed through Puebla. Following the battle, the French were forced to retreat to the waters of Orizaba.
There has been some confusion with Cinco de Mayo of 1862 and Mexico’s Independence Day of September 16, 1810.  The Battle of Puebla came 52 years after Mexico’s independence from Spain.
September is after May, so there may be some confusion because one battle was fought in May and Mexico’s independence is in September.
Now, when you go to the local restaurant, bar, grocery store; you will be that much more informed! Feel free to interrupt conversations with your newfound knowledge.
COSH Students Volunteer at Food Pantry

The CDU 30th Commencement to be Held May 31

Carla Haywood, Mother of Mattison Haywood, to Receive Daughter’s Post Baccalaureate Certificate

On Saturday, May 31, 2014, Charles R. Drew University of Science and Medicine (CDU) will confer degrees and certificates to over 300 graduates at the University’s 30th Commencement ceremony. This year’s commencement theme celebrates the idea that “Education is our Passport to the Future.” Congresswoman Janice Hahn of California’s 44th District will deliver the commencement speech. Graduates from every CDU program will be honored in one ceremony, including the College of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Medicine and Science. Congratulations to all of our graduates!
Also, at the ceremonies:
·  President’s Medal Recipient – Mr. Timothy Watkins, CEO, Watts Labor Community Action Council. The President’s Medal recognizes extraordinary and unique service to the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science by a member of the University community who has performed with excellence in his or her chosen profession.
·  Honorary Doctorate Sylvia Drew Ivie, Esq. daughter of our namesake, Dr. Charles R. Drew. Recipients of the Honorary Doctoral degree (Humane Letters) have demonstrated intellectual and humane values that are consistent with the aims of the University’s mission and higher education, and with the highest ideals of the person’s chosen field. 

·  Honorary Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medicine- Mattison Haywood. This promising student in CDU’s post-baccalaureate program lost her life on the bus that was headed to Humboldt State University and crashed in the small city of Orland on Thursday, April 10, 2014. The parents of Ms. Haywood will be in attendance, and Mrs. Carla Haywood will wear Mattison's cap and gown to accept in her honor.
·  Board of Trustees Medal of Honor will be presented posthumously to Former L.A. County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn. His daughter, Congresswoman Janice Hahn will accept on behalf of her family.
Graduation schedule: Seating- 9:15 a.m, Procession- 9:45 a.m., Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow. Location: Outside grounds on the 120th Street side of the campus.
COSH Students Volunteer at Food Pantry
Clement Aroh, outgoing COSH student government president reports that a team of student government leaders from the College of Science and Health visited the Los Angeles Food Bank to help package food for the Feed L.A. help package student government. 

COSH Students Volunteer at Food Pantry

The Dedication of Dr. Gus Gill Way

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Link to event audio

Dr. Gus Gill grew up in an area of Detroit where one could graduate high school not even being able to read the newspaper. As a high school graduate, he knew his schooling wasn’t up to par, and that resources for higher education were limited. He could have done menial work for the rest of his life. Instead, he and his brother chose to go back to night school, shore up their core courses, then continue to college. He wanted to be a doctor and his brother wanted to be an engineer. Today Dr. Gus Gill is a doctor having graduated medical school from the University of Michigan. And his brother is one, too. He, Dr. Tepper Gill, holds a PhD in physics.

That path led Dr. Gill to Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) in the Watts Willowbrook area of Los Angeles, CA where he spent 35 years of his career. The remarkable feat he achieved was not just leaping through hoops to get his own degree. During many of his world travels to bring state of the art healthcare to impoverished communities in foreign countries, he would connect with young people with the same drive and determination, and invite them to the United States to pursue their medical careers. He also mentored young scientists, researchers and doctors in their careers, and attracted many to CDU.
These are just some of the reasons why so many revere this man and mentor and came to honor him both at the University’s Spring Gala and at a dedication of the sign installed on campus in his honor.
In this audio presentation, you will hear CDU V.P. Angela Minniefield deliver the welcome, then introduce CDU President Dr. David M. Carlisle who shares Dr. Gill’s background and the fact that he was the front man for the Detroit singing group “The Enchanters.” Next up is Roland Betts, founder of Jazz at Drew, who recounted how the two met Nelson Mandela unexpectedly in South Africa. And finally, Dr. Gus Gill himself delivers a heartfelt thank you Listen here. https://soundcloud.com/user3364893/cdu-dedication-dr-gus-gill-way


CDU Annual Report Now Available on CDrewu.edu

Did you know you can now access the CDU Annual Report online? Our website is a valued resource with information about every facet of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. 

View the Annual Report here.  A limited number of hard copies are available upon request from the Office of Strategic Advancement by calling (323) 357-3669 or emailing advancement@cdrewu.edu.
Dr. Cornel West, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Compton Mayor Aja Brown stop by CDU for lunch.

After the huge ribbon cutting, which officially opened the MLK Outpatient Services Center, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Dr. Cornell West, and Compton Mayor Aja Brown stopped by for a quick lunch with Dr. David M. Carlisle, CDU President.

A long time friend of the Supervisor, West was in town to speak at Cal State L.A.'s Pan African Studies event. The rest had been at the ribbon cutting.

More pics here.

A Facebook Post About CDU from Congresswoman Janice Hahn

Department of Health and Human Services to benefit their Outpatient Early Intervention Services Program!

"Congratulations to Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Watts! The upstanding school has just been awarded a $370,500 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to benefit their Outpatient Early Intervention Services Program! This university means so much to our students and our community and is near and dear to my heart. My father actually worked with the late great (Cong.) Merv Dymally in establishing the Charles R. Drew Post Graduate Medical Education Program, which later became the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in the aftermath of the Watts Riots. I look forward to seeing how they can empower their students and promote health and wellness in our neighborhoods with this funding."

Note: Congresswoman Hahn will speak at the CDU Commencement. Read more here.

Decreasing Asthma Rates through Literacy: CDU Professor Dr. Lawrence Robinson Works towards Sustainable Solutions to Reduce Asthma Disparities


One of the most common lifelong chronic diseases is asthma, a disease that impacts the lungs, causing unbearable wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing.
While asthma affects people of all ages and backgrounds, there are disparities in incidents and severity. The rates of hospitalization and death due to asthma are both three times higher among African Americans than among whites. Children have two times the rate of emergency department visits and hospitalizations for asthma as adults.
Dr. Lawrence Robinson, a Professor of Pediatrics at both the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science’s College of Medicine and the UCLA School of Medicine, has been an innovator in the fields of pediatric asthma and allergies and has dedicated his life to reducing disparities.
A true pioneer, he was the first African American accepted for an internship in Pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1973, Dr. Robinson moved to California to begin an Allergy and Immunology Fellowship at Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center, where he remained until his retirement in 2006. He continues his academic activities and has his own private practice.
Over the years, he has seen the science and interventions in asthma research develop. “We now know the scientific and molecular basis. Years ago, they had some idea, but now we know the causes based on a number of double-control trials,” said Dr. Robinson.
He stated that disparities in particular have to do with both genetics, such as poor response to medications, and to environmental factors, such as poor housing, dust mites, cockroaches, and mold.  Abatement studies have shown asthma improves with the reduction of mites, cockroaches and mold.
Long-term Treatment
While Dr. Robinson treats and helps people manage their asthma every day, there are long-term solutions to reduce the rates.
“For asthma to have better outcomes, you have to do something sustainable. You can’t go into a housing project for three years and leave.”
That’s exactly what he sought out to create in his project with the UCLA Immunology Center funded by the National Institutes of Health. From 1994-2006, the Asthma Reading Advocacy Program worked with children from the allergy clinic at King Drew Medical Center every Saturday. The program taught reading, math and reviewed asthma related topics. The intervention led to a 90% reduction in emergency room visits and improvements in reading from one to three grade levels. Over 90% of those in this program attended some type of post-graduate education and 60% finished 4-year college.
 “That’s more important, because these students will then have better insurance, they won’t be living in the same house their mother lived in, and they won’t be in the same community. They will have an opportunity for better care and that means more than just treating asthma. I grew up in an educational environment and I learned that patient education makes a difference,” said Dr. Robinson, who would spend money out of his own pocket to ensure that his kids were being exposed to learning and higher education.
Training for Cultural Differences
Even if there is treatment given for asthma, the doctor delivering the news can matter. In partnership with the American Academy of Allergy and the National Medical Association, Dr. Robinson developed an Allergy and Immunology Training Program at King/Drew and Harbor UCLA Medical Centers to address the shortage of African American allergists.
“The program had two emphases-- to train more allergists and to make primary care physicians caring for African American patients be sensitive to the cultural differences that might be involved in managing patients for better outcomes,” said Dr. Robinson.
As a result of this program, Dr. Robinson has seen an increase in African Americans in the field. Over time, the Allergy and Immunology section of the National Medical Association, the national organization representing African American physicians, went from three actively involved physicians to thirty. 
Tips for Asthma Management
While Dr. Robinson advocates for the long-term solutions, there are tips for managing and preventing asthma attacks:
o   Dust mites are everywhere. Wash bedding in hot water. Replace pillows periodically.
o   Don’t have pets in the bedroom.
o   See your doctor regularly.
o   If you have persistent asthma, it is important to see a specialist.
o   Manage for mold—fix leaky faucets.
o   Avoid harsh cleaning products.
o   Don’t smoke and try to avoid second-hand smoke.
o   After outdoor activities shower to remove pollen.
Nurses Week: Learning from the Experiences of Revered Nurses

In honor of National Nurses Week (May 6-May 12, 2014), the Charles R. Drew University Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing hosted a week of activities devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which nurses, who comprise the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. The Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing, (MMDSON) selected the theme, “Leading the Way… Advocating, Leading, Caring” and activities will honor the past, celebrate the present and encourage future nurses. Event discussions ranged from bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, to the depth and breadth of how the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of our global society.

“Each moment, nurses step forward embracing new technologies, solving emerging concerns, and agreeing to ever-changing roles in their profession. Nurses lead the way for their patients, colleagues, students, and community, locally, nationally and abroad, as well as for the health care industry as a whole,” said Interim Dean Shirley Evers-Manly.

National Nurses Week began on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ended on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s over 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health care of millions of men, women and children across the country and throughout the world.

See photos from the Nurses Week.

The Meaning and History of the Health Disparities Pin

By Bakari Garvey, Founder

Watch a brief video interview with Bakari Garvey, Pin Creator

COSH Student Bakari Garvey had an idea to create a Health Disparities Pin, created in the same vein as the one that many wore to call attention to HIV and Breast Cancer.  Here is his reason why:”

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH):
“Health disparities are gaps in the quality of health and health care that mirror differences in socioeconomic status, racial and ethnic background, and education level.”
The eradication of health disparities is a global effort among all health professionals. To acknowledge these efforts, I have created the Health Disparities Awareness Ribbon to support and promote all efforts toward health equality for all people. This ribbon is a symbol to remind us of this global imperative.
Meaning of the Colors
The colors that make up the Health Disparities Ribbon are symbolic of the people who suffer and the issues that perpetuate health disparities:
Black represents the struggle and strength of the vulnerable populations who experience the greatest burden of health disparities; black also represents solidarity among all people.
Red represents the purposeful separation of family units and segregation of groups with intention to create barriers to resources essential to physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
White represents the systems of institutionalized oppression that have created and maintained health hierarchies; white also represents pure intent in the fight to eradicate health disparities.
Yellow represents the inequalities in educational systems that directly impact physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Green represents the disparities in financial power, which has allowed for the historical disenfranchisement of many and denial of access to preventative resources and healthcare intervention.
Dear CDU Community:
I would like to thank Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science for providing me the opportunity to engage in dialogue and comradeship with numerous exceptional individuals who fostered my ideas into a reality. Thank you all for your help and knowledge; the diversity of the group of people who were inspirational to the conception of the ribbon reflects the collaborations of many backgrounds coming together to address the relevant issue of health disparities I am proud of the “Health Disparities Awareness Ribbon”. More importantly, I am proud of what the ribbon represents and hope that you will feel the same when you wear it. The bearer of this pin has the power to assist the elimination of health disparities that you will be, too.

Please pick one up at the front desk in the Office of the President, the School of Nursing and the COSH building.
Your feedback on the Health Disparities Awareness Ribbon is greatly appreciated.
To provide feedback please feel free to contact me at the following:
Very Respectfully,
Bakari H. Garvey
Masters of Public Health Student
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
1731 E. 120th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059

Email: bakarigarvey@cdrewu.edu

Phone: (910) 527-2201

Mission Maker Awardees Announced


Erika Boles and Kersti Bellardi, COSH Students won for their Ceal Project” which stands for “Critical Exploration of Academic Literature”. Their project is one of 12 that was funded.

The Office of Strategic Advancement is pleased to announce awards totaling $27,000 for the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Mission Maker Mini-Grant Program Spring 2014 cycle.
Grantees of the awards are as follows:

1. HEALTH ME: National Public Health Week – submitted by Ashanti Fisher, Urban Public Health Program
2. The Birthing Project Resource Room – submitted by Geneva Boyce, College of Science and Health
3. Project Cardens/Gardening Community Mobilization Project – submitted by Marqui Barber, College of Science and Health
4. CDU Jobs Preparedness and Loan Forgiveness Programs  –  submitted by Karla Simmonds, College of Science and Health
5. Charles R. Drew University Student Government Journal of Diversity– submitted by Clement Aroh, College of Science and Health
6. The Role of Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase in Tumor Progression– submitted by Meron Meshesha, Renada Nash and Brandis Moore, Student Research Assistants
7. CEAL: Critical Exploration of Academic Literature– submitted by, Erika Boles, College of Science and Health
8. Making Strides at CDU–  submitted by Adaku Ume and Meron Meshesha, Post-Bacc Students
9. Charles R. Drew University Elementary Science Enrichment Program –  submitted by Lucia Vides, Revecca Milan and Raman Sidhu, College of Science and Health
10. All About Drew  – submitted by Belinda Addo, School of Nursing
11. Global Health Initiative I – submitted by Belinda Addo, School of Nursing
12. Laboratory Workshop for Incoming Students – submitted by, Dr. Silvana Constantinescu, Health and Life Sciences

Thank you to all that applied during the Mission Maker Mini-Grant Program Spring 2014 cycle.

Grantees are required to participate in a brief orientation in order to access funds. If you have any questions or would like to sign up for your orientation, please contact Jasmine Hill, Development Associate in the Office of Strategic Advancement at (323) 563-4992 or jasminehill@cdrewu.edu.


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Mattison Haywood’s Art A Few Snapshots from Jackie Brown when she accompanied the President who spoke at her Memorial Service and announced the Establishment of the CDU scholarship in her name  

Armando Estrada Lectures about Cinco de Mayo
Nurses Week Photos featuring lecture by Nurse Burgess 
Clement Aroh, outgoing COSH student government president reports that a team of student government leaders from the College of Science and Health visited the Los Angeles Food Bank to help package food for the Feed L.A. help package student government.
Winner of the CDU Alumni Association iPad Mini Read more about Dr. Claricia Shepherd who was the lucky one in the next CSU Alumni Newsletter. (Coming soon!  Sign up now for the mailing list and it will come right to you!)
Community Partner: A Second Chance at Life Through Organ Donation

At the age of 45, Terri Long, a healthy and active woman,  woke up one morning feeling something was not right. She drove to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where she received a devastating diagnosis: acute liver failure. She needed a transplant as soon as possible to survive. Just two days later, the medical staff, working with OneLegacy, the nonprofit organ and tissue recovery organization in the greater Los Angeles area, found a donor who was compatible with her, and Terri received a second chance at life. 

However, the wait for a transplant can be long and many times deadly. Approximately 18 people die every day on the waiting list. Terri received her liver quickly because she had a very high MELD score — an assessment of the severity of chronic liver disease — which vaulted her to the top of the list. Today she has fully recovered and is back to work helping homeless people find a place to live, and promoting her new passion, organ and tissue donation.  At present, more than 21,000 California residents are waiting to receive life-saving organs. However, there are not enough donors, that is why everyone is encouraged to register at the DMV or online at www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org.

CDU Nursing Students Voluntarily Treat Over 500 Patients in Mexico

View brief video interview with photos here

Belinda Addo is a graduating nursing student who is also the Student Body President of the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing on the campus of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. In May, she and fellow nursing students  Daphne Opoku,Damilola Okunubi, Ijeoma Ogbonnia, and Melat Haile traveled to Tijuana, Mexico to volunteer to provide medical services.   When she submitted these photos of her and her classmates' volunteer work in Mexico, we decided to interview her to showcase the photos. Congratulations to Ms. Addo: she graduates from CDU Saturday, May 31, 2014.
For more information about the MMDSON, visit http://www.cdrewu.edu/son.

Thursday, May 29, 2014:

Oath and Honors  Ceremonies.  Check with schools for locations

Saturday, May 31, 2014:
CDU 30th Annual Commencement Ceremony - May 31, 2014

Thursday, June 05, 2014:
CDU Birthday Celebration for Dr. Charles R. Drew

Friday, June 20, 2014:

Friday, June 20, 2014:
CME Education Opportunities

Tuesday, June 24, 2014:
CDU Monthly Birthday Party

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CDU Newsletter and Social Media

The CDU Monthly Newsletter is published during the last week of every month. Please send articles, photos, events, and any other submissions to Isidra Person-Lynn, Communications Specialist. Thanks to William Paz-Leiva, Belinda Addo, Clement Aroh and Interim Dean Shirley Evers Manly for their photographic contributions this month.

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