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January 2015


CDU News January 2015: Off to a Great Start!

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Sheldon D. Fields, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, AACRN, DPNAP, FAANP joins the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing

 

Sheldon D. Fields, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, AACRN, DPNAP, FAANP joined the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing (MMDSON) at Charles R. Drew University as its new Dean on January 12, 2015.  Dr. Fields most recently served as Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs and Health Policy, Associate Professor of Nursing and Co-Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program in the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida.

With a nursing career spanning over 20 years, Dr. Fields has led administrative, research and academic units. He has participated in over $20 million dollars of research projects that focus on HIV prevention and has been funded by foundations, NIH, and other governmental agencies. Dr. Fields is a respected researcher with over 55 conference and  poster presentations, and over 45 scholarly articles, book chapters, seminars, invited lectures, webinars, newspaper articles and television appearances related to HIV prevention and treatment among Black men. He is currently the protocol co-chair for the HIV Prevention Trials HPTN-073 study, an $8 million dollar NIH funded study to assess the initiation, acceptability, safety, and feasibility of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among Black men who have sex with men in three US cities (including Los Angeles) utilizing the C4 model (Client Centered Care Coordination).

Prior to joining the faculty at FIU, Dr. Fields was a tenured associate professor of nursing in the School of Nursing at the University of Rochester in Rochester New York, and before that an assistant professor in the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. A health policy analyst on the Affordable Care Act in 2009, Dr. Fields was the first ever male registered nurse selected for the highly competitive and prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship Program. As a fellow, he worked in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill for Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) on the Senates Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions – Aging Subcommittee during the historic healthcare reform debates and passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Fields received his PhD, in Nursing Science from the University of Pennsylvania, his MS, in Family Nursing (with a certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner) and BS, in Nursing from Binghamton University. He completed post-doctoral studies at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a former national director of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and an advanced HIV/ AIDS certified registered nurse (AACRN). He is also a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) and a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice (DPNAP).

We gratefully acknowledge the exceptional work of Dr. Shirley Evers-Manly, the Associate Dean of Nursing, who has served as Interim Dean of the MMDSON for the past 2 years. Her work has moved MMDSON for- ward and allowed growth of all the programs and faculty within the School of Nursing.

We will now be fully staffed administratively with a Dean, Associate Dean and Interim Assistant Dean of Nursing in the School of Nursing. President Carlisle expressed his enthusiasm for the appointment of Dr. Fields by saying, “We are enormously pleased that Dr. Fields is joining the CDU family. He brings a breadth of experience in academic administration, research, policy, clinical practice, and teaching.”

Please join us in welcoming. Dr. Fields to the CDU family!

 

Dolores Caffey Fleming Receives High Honor from the CDU Alumni Association

 

 

At the opposite end of the East Coast, in Providence, Rhode Island, a young girl by the name of Dolores Caffey grew up in a religious family with supportive parents and 5 siblings. She had aspirations of pursuing a religious vocation. For all those who know her, her belief and devotion to God was and has been unmoved. Her belief in God and His divine plan led her to set off for Howard University, Washington, D.C at the age of 17. Ms. Caffey managed to graduate with dual degrees in Child Development and Allied Health, all while working and maintaining a heavy class load.

Following graduation, Ms. Caffey began her career as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher in the Washington D.C. Public School district. She believed there was more to teaching than just “ABC’s” and “Colors”, but it was an opportunity to transfer her passion for learning to developing minds. Her passion for children led her to continue her own education where she returned to Howard University and received a Master of Science in child development and guidance counseling with honors at 22 years of age. She also earned admission into Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society. 

The 22-year-old Ms. Caffey accepted an internship at the Office of Child Development in the Department of Health Education Welfare (HEW). There, she had assisted in the formulation and implementation of national policies that affected Child Development and Day Care Standards. Ms. Caffey frequented Capitol Hill to ensure that high-ranking governmental officials heard her department’s concerns and recommendations. However, she discovered government did not allow her to directly touch and help mold the lives of under-served youth.  

Returning to the Public School District of Washington DC, deep in the heart of the Anacostia (a disadvantaged area), she returned to her first love…teaching. Dolores transformed her classrooms from mere walls and desks into a place where imagination and the fun of learning were born. Her values and passion did not go unnoticed; she later received the prestigious award given by The National Educational Association (NEA), as well as many other awards given by the PTA, and other local organizations.  

As Ms. Caffey continued on the path of teaching, she met Dr. Arthur Fleming. Their strong friendship developed into much more and in 1978, they wed. In 1980 God blessed their union with their greatest joy, a baby boy, Erik Smith Fleming. However, the demands of being a wife and mother did not stop Mrs. Caffey-Fleming from nurturing the minds of each child in her class.  

In 1983, her family moved to Rancho Palos Verdes, California. As time went by, Mrs. Caffey-Fleming involved herself in a number of organizations that shared her zeal and passion for people. She fully devoted herself to ameliorating the epidemic of homelessness, and various other social ills; however, she could not escape her calling as a teacher. In 1987, she returned to the classroom at Rolling Hills Country Day and committed 12 years of excellence to over 300 students.

In 2000, Mrs. Caffey-Fleming also served as National President of the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association, Inc., while also serving as a member of the Auxiliary to the Charles Drew Medical Society, and the Golden State Medical Association. In 2001 she became the Executive Director of the Charles R. Drew Medical Society; she retired from teaching in 2001 and in 2003 was a consultant at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU)/UCLA, charged with planning the Summit to aid in the establishment of a Health Care Disparities Institute. After 41 years, she earned her second Masters degree, a Masters of Public Health in June 2010 at CDU. Presently, Mrs. Caffey-Fleming has multiple roles at CDU. She is the Principal Investigator for 2 grants: Project STRIDE (Students Training in Research Involving Disparity Elimination) and the Environmental Health Information Partnership (EnHIP) Program; She is the Program Manager for the Short Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) program and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Science and Health. Mrs. Caffey-Fleming hopes to continue her work of improving the health of others by engaging members of the community in preventive health and the implementation of translational research.

Mrs. Caffey-Fleming is the current President of the Auxiliary to the Charles R. Drew Medical Society; Vice-President of Region VI of the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association; Health and Human Services Facet Chair for Palos Verdes Chapter of The Links, Inc; Eucharistic Minister at St. John Fisher Church; an active member of Rolling Hills/Palos Verdes Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; and a loving wife and mother.

With more than 28 years of teaching experience, an undisputed passion for people and the healthcare they receive, a loving family, and most of all a strong devotion to God, Dolores Caffey- Fleming has just begun.

Dolores "Dee" Caffewy Fleming is pictured above (at left) with CDU Vice President of Strategic Advancement, Angela Minniefield. The photo was taken right after Ms. FLeming was presented with the CDUAA's highest award.

 

Twelve Students Receive Generous Scholarships from Scholarships Provided by Auxiliary to the Charles R. Drew Medical Society Meeting

In December, twelve students were recipients of scholarships to continue their health professions education. Eleven of these students were from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and one student was from University of Southern California. The presentations were made at the festive Auxiliary to the Charles R. Drew Medical Society meeting. These scholarships were presented by members of the Auxiliary Scholarship Committee: Auxilian Catherine Cottles, Blanche Smith, Treasurer, and Auxiliary President, Dolores E. Caffey-Fleming. Dr. David Carlisle, President of CDU attended the event and congratulated all of the recipients and thanked the Auxiliary for their recognition of the students.

The Auxiliary tries to provide scholarships each year from funds they raise from fundraisers; the Auxiliary to the Golden State Medical Society; and from the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association. The students were representatives from our united university-the College of Medicine; College of Science and Health, and School of Nursing. The well deserving medical students were Ruth Getachew, Manna Hago (USC student), Ebony King, Saint Magbegor, Richard Morgan, Eric Ottey, Adia Scrubb, and Barbara Strong. Urban Public Health Student, Alexandra Banks was the College of Science and Health recipient and Cathy Ajala-Staats, Daphne Opoku, and Amanda White were the Nursing Student recipients.

The worthy students received their checks in time for the upcoming semester. The Members of the Auxiliary wish each of the students much success and hope they will not forget –“To whom much is given, much is expected.”
 

Auxiliary of Drew Medical Society Present Scholarships

In December, twelve students were recipients of scholarships to continue their health professions education. Eleven of these students were from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and one student was from University of Southern California. The presentations were made at the festive Auxiliary to the Charles R. Drew Medical Society meeting. These scholarships were presented by members of the Auxiliary Scholarship Committee: Auxilian Catherine Cottles, Blanche Smith, Treasurer, and Auxiliary President, Dolores E. Caffey-Fleming. Dr. David Carlisle, President of CDU attended the event and congratulated all of the recipients and thanked the Auxiliary for their recognition of the students.

The Auxiliary tries to provide scholarships each year from funds they raise from fundraisers; the Auxiliary to the Golden State Medical Society; and from the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association. The students were representatives from our united university-the College of Medicine; College of Science and Health, and School of Nursing. The well deserving medical students were Ruth Getachew, Manna Hago (USC student), Ebony King, Saint Magbegor, Richard Morgan, Eric Ottey, Adia Scrubb, and Barbara Strong. Urban Public Health Student, Alexandra Banks was the College of Science and Health recipient and Cathy Ajala-Staats, Daphne Opoku, and Amanda White were the Nursing Student recipients.

The worthy students received their checks in time for the upcoming semester. The Members of the Auxiliary wish each of the students much success and hope they will not forget –“To whom much is given, much is expected.”
 


 

 

Saturday Science Academy II's Jr. White Coat Ceremony Honors Future Doctors Another CDU Pipeline Success story!

"Dr. Higgins, Dr. Amesi, Dr. Gordon…” Adai Lamar, morning personality at KJLH announced, smiling as each eager “doctor” approached her at the microphone, buttoned in their new starched white coat.   The “doctors” ranged from pre-kindergarten through high school aged students, who had completed 24 weeks in the Saturday Science Academy II at the Jr. White Coat Ceremony held on Saturday, January 17th at King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science.    They were presented with the White Coats, a name badge, and a Certificate of Completion.  But these students aren’t going anywhere.  Most will return year after year.  The ones with the braided cords have attended the program for over 5 years. One student we interviewed attended 10 years in a row.

“As the Southland commemorated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., these students embody his dream in action and legacy of excellence and brotherhood,” remarked Angela Minniefield, VP of Strategic Advancement at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU), the parent organization which houses SSA-II and other pipeline programs for South L.A. young people to become health professionals. SSA-II is under the direction of Lorraine Grey who has run the program for over 20 years.

Families of the 200 participants learned that the white lab coat, a universal symbol of the medical profession, is typically given at the beginning of medical school.
Alumni Keynote speaker Rasheed Ivey, who started SSA-II at age 9 and later taught at the Academy while in college, was introduced by co-emcee Atty. Jaaye Person-Lynn, of the SSA II Dad’s Club, and is now a first year student in CDU’s College of Medicine, news that was warmly received by the crowd.

At first, the Compton born and bred Ivey wasn’t too keen on attending SSA-II.
“I wasn’t excited about coming here on Saturdays…I’ll just keep it 100,” he remembered, glancing at his mother sitting on the front row. “I did not want to be doing anything but watching cartoons or eating cereal …but my Mom had another idea.  So, my first time here I had to get a whippin’ to get here…She had to whip me for about  2 or 3 weeks because I was standing my ground…But I appreciate my Mom for really doing those things to get up on Saturday to get here. We want to celebrate the children but it’s really hard as well for the parents after 40 hour work weeks.”
The turning point came when Ivey and his class got to dissect a pig. “I was really good at it, he said.  He decided he liked to “cut” things. At that point, he said, he could either decide to be a “hit man” or a medical doctor.  Fortunately, he was fascinated with the latter.

The keynote speaker, Anton Blakey from Compton City Council’s 4th District said, “Students you are not the future.  You are the now.  When I was your age, no one could convince me this (pointing to his cell phone) was possible or that I could get in my car and tap on the screen and listen to any radio station I wanted to. But all of those things are happening right now today.  In your lives you will have the opportunity not tomorrow but today to make an impact on the rest of the world…don’t wait.”

Blakey continued, “What SSA-II offers is not just “luck.” It is the opportunity of chance and preparation colliding to educate our students.“
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science has sponsored the program for more than 20 years.  It is not advertised because it has a waiting list each year even though almost 300 students enroll each year. In addition to the STEM courses, this rigorous academic program is designed to foster knowledge, self-esteem, discipline, positive study habits, confidence and the encouragement to succeed.

For inquiries about the event and program, please contact: Lorraine Grey, Director, Saturday Science Academy II, at (323) 563-5901. For more information about CDU, visit www.cdrewu.edu.
Photos: http://theprperson.smugmug.com/Jr-White-Coat-Ceremony-SSA-II/
 


                          
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