CDU Community Research

Community partnered (and based) research is a key activity in many of the Centers, Programs, and Grants at CDU.  The following information provides highlights of Community partnered programs from CDU Centers.

Community Engagement is a crucial part of CDU’s translational research activities, and a unique program called the “Community Faculty” was implemented to increase research capacity through the collaborative integration of local expertise. The community faculty are made up of local organizers and leaders who are well tuned to the issues faced by their communities. Community Faculty members receive a faculty appointment at the university and are responsible for advancing a research agenda. They are not traditional academics, yet they possess an expertise crucial to the mission and success of the university. They also act as intermediaries between academic researchers and community members. Often, it is up to them to communicate a research project to their community in lay language, and allay participant fears regarding the conduct of research. The community faculty secure a stake in the research enterprise for the community. 


Please visit the Community Faculty Profiles at:
Our Location:
1748 E. 118th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Phone: 323-249-5704



The Community Cancer Outreach, Prevention and Control Program conducts cancer prevention and control through community-partnered participatory research, bidirectional educational exchange, and capacity building with its community partners in underserved and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, predominantly in the South Los Angeles Area. The Program has continued to conduct community-partnered research with support of pilot projects between community and academic faculty.

  • Community Academic Council (30 Members)
  • Latino Community Academic Council (15 Members)
  • Prevention, Treatment and Control of Cancer in Our Community Conference Series
  • Pilot and Program Sponsored Research Projects


  • The Community Faculty Program, Division of Community Engagement at Charles Drew University (CDU):

Collaborative manuscript preparation and partnered proposals with Program members.

Originator of the Community Partnered Participatory Research Model, host of CAC meetings, and Co-sponsor of the Buildings Bridges Community Conference series:  

  • UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Cancer Prevention and Control Research Center:

Providing research expertise on survey design, analysis, and manuscripts.

Providing additional statistical and programming staff for quantitative studies, and co-sponsorship of conferences and pilots:

UCLA, CDU, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and UCLA Harbor Hospital/LA BioMed: Conference co-sponsorship and support for Health Policy center efforts

  • UCLA Center of Health Policy:

Provided summary statistics on cancer risk, prevalence, and mortality and participated in shared analyses with CAC members.

This is the first navigation and wellness center in South Los Angeles and is housed within CDU and the adjoining MLK-MACC. To date, the navigators (all bilingual in Spanish) have been heavily engaged in the Partnership, including participation in Community Cancer Outreach conferences. PNWC is a local resource for the U54 to help patients overcome access/follow-up barriers to receiving care and participating in research activities if elected.

  • The American Cancer Society, South Los Angeles Leadership Council: Conference Co-sponsorship.
  • Coalition of (11) faith-based organizations: Developed as a result of Present Your Body pilot project
  • Martin Luther King Multispecialty Ambulatory Care Center (MLK-MACC); Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LADHS): Co-sponsor of patient navigation and wellness center project
  • The Los Angeles Urban League: Co-sponsor of patient navigation and wellness center project
  • Peoples Coordinated Services and Mixteco Indigenous Community Organization Project (MICOP): Proposal partnership in Community Capacity Building
  • City of Hope Hospital, Center of Community Alliance for Research & Education: Proposal partnerships on Latino Survivorship Care Panning and Multilevel analyses of Cultural and Social Determinants of Health
  • California Community Foundation: Co-Sponsor patient navigation and wellness center project and other projects



The CERP is the primary link to our diverse Los Angeles community. It builds community capacity to engage in research; communicates research findings; serves as a point of contact for community health care providers and facilitates opportunities for health services and comparative effectiveness research. Activities with CDU include:

  • Collaboration with the Weingart YMCA in South Los Angeles in development to establish a Lifestyle Intervention and Food Education (LIFE) Center.
  • CDU is one of 5 sites that has received collaborative funding from CTSI-LADHS to conduct an innovative program to deliver obesity services at DHS facilities.
  • UCLA has drafted a process to facilitate dissemination and sustainability strategies for the Community Faculty Track at CDU.

More Information:
For a list of CTSI Community Partners, please visit:


Community Outreach Core 

African Americans and Latinos are less likely than whites to obtain important health information from health care providers or community resources. Similarly, these populations are less likely to receive evidence-based health care or to participate in research than are white Americans. Because of this, little information is available to guide health promotion efforts and appropriate provision of care for these populations. The Community Core seeks to address these disparities through developing and evaluating innovative strategies for disseminating state-of-the-art health information to community residents, such as through lay health workers or promotoras. The Core aims to develop stable, mutually beneficial relationships with community-serving agencies. These relationships will form the basis of trust necessary to recruit and retain community members in research. This research will be guided by community participatory principals and will grow directly out of identified health needs and goals of the community. In addition, health care information will be disseminated using principles of the collaborative care model to providers of health care for the community, and provide mentoring opportunities, tied to community participatory experiences, to enhance the likelihood of producing researchers eager to develop high quality health disparities research.