October 7, 2013  

Dr. Carlisle Delivers State of the University Address

South Los Angeles Health Professions School Announces New University Strategic Plan and Continued Commitment to Health Care Reform

LOS ANGELES – (October 7, 2013) –As California and the nation implement health care reform, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science President Dr. David M. Carlisle delivered his second State of the University. In this year’s address, Dr. Carlisle announced the new strategic plan, the university’s role in training health care professionals in underserved areas in light of the Affordable Care Act and the many reasons to believe in CDU.  

“It’s easy to believe in a private university with a very public mission—to educate our community today for a healthier tomorrow,” said Dr. Carlisle.

Speaking before an audience of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members, Dr. Carlisle recognized the achievements over the last year in education, community involvement and research. 

Some of the highlights included:

  • A new strategic plan and vision: The strategic plan introduces a new vision statement, “Excellent health and wellness for all persons, peoples and communities, in a world without health disparities.”
  • Commitment to primary care: 44% of last year’s College of Medicine graduating class matched into primary care specialties. In 2015, CDU will reintroduce the Physician Assistant Master’s program.
  • Significant increase in student scholarships: The University was able to award $360,500 in scholarships to 60 students for the 2012-2013 school year. This amount represents an increase of more than $300,000 over the previous year.
  • Pioneering new community approaches:  Dr. Theodore Friedman introduced group medical appointments to treat a larger number of patients efficiently. Dr. Nina Harawa initiated MAALES — Men of African American Legacy Empowering Self—a successful, culturally tailored HIV prevention program targeted at bisexual African American men.
  • Outstanding student community work: A student-driven initiative engaged 300 pre-and post-partum, Spanish speaking women in Los Angeles providing dietary education and support prior to delivery and nutritional and health monitoring for first 6 months of their babies’ lives.
  • Increased Enrollment: Enrollments rose 5% for the incoming class in 2013.


As a premier medical and health sciences institution located in South Los Angeles, CDU trains health providers who are committed to meet the needs of the underserved.  While the state implements health care reform, CDU is training primary care physicians and other allied health professionals to meet new demand in underserved areas.  The University will continue to align degree requirements in the context of health care reform, making sure that students are prepared for the world in which they will practice.

“More people will have health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act and we are training the physicians, the nurses and the public health professionals who will treat them,“ said Dr. Carlisle. “Our mission—which has always been critical—became even more so On October 1.”

Read the full text of the Address here.

To request an interview with Dr. Carlisle or video footage of the speech, please contact: Jessica Gelzer,, 323-892-2080.





About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals. CDU has earned designation as a minority-serving institution by the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, and its College of Medicine is recognized by the Department of Education as a Historically Black Graduate Institution. The University is also a charter member of the Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools. CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS. The CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute. For more information, visit .


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