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April 2015

April 2015: CDU News

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National Public Health Week Observed by (MPHSA) Masters of Public Health Students Association

What a week National Public Health Week was here at CDU!  The Master of Public Health Student Association (MPHSA), in the College of Science and Health’s (COSH) Master’s of Urban Public Health Program presented  a week of activitiesstarting April 6th, 2015.

CDU News covered the kick off on Monday. First, dinner was served, then participants were treated to an interactive cultural dance by Paris Adkins-Jackson, MPH, MS. Later, we were treated to speeches in Keck Auditorium, by keynote speakers Loretta Jones, ThD, MA, Founder and CEO of Healthy African American Families, II and Norma Stoker-Mtume, MA, MFT, Community Instructor, Division of Community Engagement. 

The talks were titled: To Know Where You’re Going, Know Where You Came From.  Since a picture is worth 1,000 words, a video must be worth more.  Scroll to the end of the photo gallery for a few snippets from the speeches. Or visit http://theprperson.smugmug.com/CDU-Photos/MPHSA-Loretta-Jones-and-Norma/.

Since CDU News was in Gala mode and could not cover the rest of the week's events, here is the photo gallery, but if you have something to add from the other days, please email isidrapersonlynn@cdrewu.edu.

To get a look at the events that were held, we included this schedule. Below the schedule are the links to the various flyer's for each day's activities.





For more information on the other day's activities, click each individual day

  1. Monday, April 06, 2015 To Know Where You're Going, Know Where You Came From
  2. Tuesday, April 07, 2015 NPHW Violence as a Public Health Issue
  3. Wednesday, April 08, 2015 NPHW Soul Food Junkies
  4. Thursday, April 09, 2015 NPHW My Plate
  5. Saturday, April 11, 2015 NPHW Public Health Expo


CDU Welcomes New Provost: Dr. Steve O Michael

The broadcast received from CDU President and CEO Dr. David M. Carlisle

about the Appointment of the New Provost

Please join us in welcoming Steve O. Michael, Ph.D., as the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Dr. Michael earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration (Higher Education) from the University of Alberta, and his M.Ed. and B.B.Ed. in Business Education at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria. Most recently, Dr. Michael has served as Interim Executive Director for the Association of Chief Academic Officers of which he is one of the founders. He has served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Arcadia University (2009-2014), and Vice Provost at Kent State University (2002-2009). Dr. Michael has held faculty appointments as assistant, associate, and full professor at Kent State University, and full professor at Arcadia University.

His accomplishments include the establishment of the College of Health Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Global Business, new campuses, and extensive international partnerships at Arcadia University. He has served as a reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission (North Central Association) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and has provided training/orientation organized by the American Council on Education for new provosts and chief academic officers. His is one of the founders and also served as an executive leader of the National Association of Chief Diversity Officers (NADOHE) and the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO).  He is currently the President and one of the founders of the Association for the Global Advancement of Universities and Colleges (AGAUC).  Dr. Michael has played important leadership roles at institutions of higher education in Russia, China, South Africa, and Romania. He also serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the International Journal of Educational Management, and the Journal for Multicultural Education.

Dr. Michael’s research interest includes the application of business strategies to institutional management, entrepreneurial higher education and global higher education. He has published widely in most of the leading international and national refereed journals in the field of higher education on topics such as diversity in higher education, cost reduction analysis and financial constraints in higher education, presidency and trusteeship, academic program reviews and discontinuation, and marketing of higher education. He is an active presenter at international conferences and a consultant on higher education issues.

President and CEO, Dr. David M. Carlisle noted “We are delighted to have Dr. Steve Michael join the CDU family.  He brings deep expertise in academic and global higher education issues that converge with our current focus and strategic plan.  As our new Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Michael will provide leadership for the entire academic unit and the University.  We look forward to an auspicious start.”

Dr. Michael’s first day with CDU was April 24.  Please stop by the Provost’s office during the week of April 27 to welcome him!


Library hosts Successful Observance of National Library Week

Photo Gallery: 

The CDU Health Sciences Library would like to thank each student, faculty and staff who attended the Library’s open house on Thursday, April 16, 2015.  The highlight of the open house was the Welcome by Dr. David Carlisle, President and CEO of Charles R. Drew University. In addition, the Library Trivia was a hit where each attendee answered several questions related to the Library and the services rendered. Prizes were given away based on the drawings and students were the winners!!!  The Winners were:

  • Hasan Ali
  • Anthony Eversley
  • Marie Espinal
  • Laura Ogunnaya
  • Moddie Wilson IV

They won gift cards and the grand prize was an a shiny new electronic tablet. Congratulations!   

Please keep in mind  the following facts about your library.

  • Over 7,500 print books
  • Access to over 100,000 electronic books
  • Over 42,000 bound journal volumes
  • Access to over 10,000 electronic journals
  • Access to over 2600 audiovisual materials
  • Access to over 38 health sciences online resources

The Library is available face-to-face and virtual, 24 hours per day.


Visit us at: http://library.cdrewu.edu


Thank you,




Darlene Parker Kelly, MSLS

Director of Health Sciences Library/LRC

CDU Translational Research In Action

CRECD Research Scholars Share Their Research with the Local Community


 by Norma Mtume, MA, MHS; Aziza Lucas-Wright, MEd

Clinical Research Education and Career DevelopDrChaban-etcment (CRECD) is a training grant (R25) funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The principal investigator is Dr. Mohsen Bazargan and the co-investigator is Dr. Thomas Yoshikowa.  The goal of the program is to provide training and mentoring in health disparities and community-partnered research (CPPR) to minority scholars and junior faculty at CDU, who have shown great academic promise but who still need advanced skills, close mentorship, and other support to become successful, independent scientists. Scholars are provided with a cadre of mentors, including one community faculty mentor each, to support their efforts.

Researchers are tasked to build and demonstrate their skills for bidirectional (academic/community) knowledge transfer (learning) for the purpose of facilitating translational science.  Community faculty mentors are Aziza Lucas-Wright, MEd and Norma Mtume, MA MHS.  Lucas-Wright and Mtume work with the researchers to facilitate exposing them to the issues that are relevant to the service community through attendance at health-related forums presented in the community that have had significant community input for conceptualization, planning, and implementation.  Researchers and community mentors meet regularly to discuss the scholar's progress in meeting their goals and to help provide a community perspective for the work.  Meetings often consist of bidirectional learning opportunities for the researchers and mentors.  Research scholars have been provided with publications and books to help them gain a better idea of what residents in communities of color understand about research implications so that the researchers can ensure past unethical research practices are not repeated.  Additionally, Community Mentors want to understand the historical backdrop that has shaped the opinions and responses to research in communities of color and lack of privilege.

To demonstrate their bidirectional knowledge transfer skills, community symposia were held. October 24, 2014 in recognition of breast cancer awareness month, Dr. Yanyuan Wu, CRECD Research Scholar, gave a presentation entitled "Pink Bag Lunch Symposium - Breast Cancer Awareness.” Joining Dr. Wu was Dr. Jay Vadgama, Ph.D, Interim Executive Vice President for Research and Health Affairs, Associate Vice President for Research and Health Affairs, Professor of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, Chief, Division of Cancer Research and Training, Endowed Chair in Cancer Research, Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities, Department of Internal Medicine, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science; and on May 20, 2015 a second forum featuring CRECD Research Scholars was held entitled " Research:  What's New, What's Possible.” This symposium showcased three CRECD researchers from CDU, Dr. Victor Chaban: "Visceral Pain and Functional Disorders: Is It All in Your Head?";  Dr. James Tsao: "Can Stem Cells Help Repair Muscle?" and Dr. Hamed Yazdanshenas: "Treatment of Hypertension and Resistant Treatment.”

There was a mock presentation at which time Community Mentors Lucas-Wright and Mtume, Dr. Yoshikowa, and Dr. Lee Irons, program coordinator, previewed the scholars' presentations to ensure that: 1) the presentation was conducted in language that non-scientific participants could comprehend, 2) recommendations on how to best engage the listeners were provided, 3) simplified statistical information and 4) scholars incorporated images as opposed to excessive wording.

The scholars delivered engaging presentations that were great bidirectional learning opportunities.  Participants were engaged and demonstrated their understanding of the research by questions and discussion following each presentation.

Another novel feature of the symposium was fifteen (15) copies of the transformative book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” were given away in a drawing with a word of encouragement to develop book/study groups to discuss this incredible story of research and community.

Community responses to the presentation were captured on the evaluation forms.  Symposium participants were asked about their level of trust in researchers/research, and after having participated in this symposium, whether they would be willing to participate in research in the future.  The response was overwhelmingly positive and affirmative regarding participation as a result of the symposium.

(For additional information about CRECD visit http://www.cdrewu.edu/res/centers/CRECD#Overview)

Beyond the 4 Walls: MMDSON Students and Faculty Journey to the Philippines to Administer Health Services

CDU MMDSON Students and faculty on a Mission to the Phillippines to administer health services

The Global Health Initiative Mission Trip to the Philippines served as a fulfilling and a great learning experience for the participating students of the Mervyn M Dymally School of Nursing.  


The medical missions were not limited to only one specific town in the Philippines, however, students traveled a great deal across the country and visited Valenzuela, Saint Bernard (South Leyte), Pampanga, Quezon City(Manila), and Pakil (Laguna) and provided medical and nursing services for about 5000 patients and performed about 500 circumcisions. 

The professors and other health facilitators of this medical mission observed the growth in skills of the participating nursing students throughout the course of the trip. According to students, they enjoyed the experience of serving the different underserved communities with various health disparities.


They saw cases of diabetes, hypertension, malnutrition and more. Also, they were able to observe differences in health within the populations of those living in rural areas versus those living in the urban areas.

 The prevalence of certain specific health issues such as hypertension was more common in certain areas than others. 

Overall, the mission trip was a success and students look forward to another such mission.  



Note:  Associate Dean Shirley Evers Manley, Prof. Nanette Leonardo, Professor Romar Lingad and Professor Emilynn Lao supervised the trip of the 10 students who went.

Submitted by Stella Turkson, MSN Candidate 

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