Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Joins National Coalition of
Black Medical Schools and Health Professional Associations in Sending a
“Love Letter to Black America”
* National initiative designed to provide a trusted, culturally appropriate
scientific voice for Black Americans during the pandemic
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (November 30, 2020) – Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is joining with the nation’s other three Black Medical Schools and numerous Black health professions associations in launching a campaign called “Love Letter to Black America, from America’s Black Doctors and Nurses.” This initiative is designed to begin a national conversation speaking directly to the African-American community, particularly to address the challenges presented by COVID-19, and to enhance participation in vaccine clinical trials and vaccine acceptance.
In addition to the four Historically Black Medical Schools (CDU, Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC, Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta and Meharry Medical College in Nashville), the other members of the coalition include the National Medical Association, the Cobb Institute/NMA, the National Black Nurses Association, the National Urban League and BlackDoctor.org.
“Given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 upon communities of color, particularly African-Americans, as well as the historical—and understandable—skepticism in these communities about our country’s healthcare system, it is important that we have trusted scientific voices to speak for and to Black Americans,” said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President and CEO of CDU. “We are a group of physicians, nurses and health professionals who want to provide the Black community with trustworthy expertise and scientifically factual information with which they can reliably make personally appropriate health decisions. We are proud to be part of this coalition that is working to fight the pandemic and create greater health in our communities.”
The coalition’s YouTube video can be seen here.
Additional information can also be found on the Black Coalition Against COVID’s website here.
ABOUT CHARLES R. DREW UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND SCIENCE
CDU is a private, non-profit student centered minority-serving medical and health sciences University that is committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated, since its inception, more than 600 physicians, 1,225 physician assistants and over a thousand other health professionals, as well as training over 2,700 physician specialists through its sponsored residency programs. Its School of Nursing has graduated over 1,300 nursing professionals, including over 950 family nurse practitioners. CDU is a leader in health disparities research with a focus on education, training, treatment and care in cancer, diabetes, cardiometabolic and HIV/AIDS.
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