Giving Tuesday Dec 2! - Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Giving Tuesday is
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Ransom Earns
“where’s drew?”
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What is Triple
Negative Breast
Cancer? Dr. Wu
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The President’s Message
In the next few days, many of us will join family and
friends to enjoy and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.
We acknowledge that there is much to be thankful for. I
continue to be thankful to you for all you’ve done independently and collectively to contribute to the success
and progress of our University.
Enjoy this edition of the CDU Newsletter.
From the Carlisle family to yours, have a wonderful
A Thanksgiving to Remember: President and CEO Dr. David M. Carlisle is
flanked by Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Edwards James Olmos, Dwann
Lewis, Tone Loc, and E.J. Jackson who founded the E.J. Jackson Foundation 32
years ago. All join to give away 10,000 Turkey Dinners. Many were sponsors
as was the 7-Eleven Corporation. Details on page 5.
Dr. David M. Carlisle
Giving Tuesday Dec 2!
Join us at 11 am—2 pm for a carnival-style launch in the W.
Montague Cobb Lobby on the CDU campus.
According to the national organization which organized
the day which helps CDU meet its fundraising goal:
"We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for
getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global
day dedicated to giving back.” On Tuesday, December
2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community
centers, and students around the world will come to(Continued on page 5)
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CDU Student News
CDU Students Teach Students
“All About Drew”
Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing Ghana Mission Trip Coverage
CDU’s Global Health Initiative held a debriefing and video
screening about their trip to Ghana, West Africa last
month. With Mission Maker funds, they took much needed
supplies and treatments to those in need. They also took in
the sights of middle class Ghana and learned they have
much in common. Click the play arrow above to see an ex-
cellent video about their trip, narrated by Belinda Addo,
alumna, and edited by Tasha Curtis.
At right, CDU President and CEO David M. Carlisle is being
presented with a gift of a beautiful wood and metal carving
and dashiki because of his support for the journey.
CDU COM Student, Elberth Pineda, Awarded a National Hispanic Health
Foundation Scholarship designed to Honor Students from Health Professional
The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) hosts its fourth annual Los Angeles Awards Gala
where 10 students enrolled in health professional schools were given scholarships to help finish
school and work in California and the Western U.S.
The event was held November 20 at JW Marriott Hotel LA LIVE, in Los Angeles. Read More
All About Drew Introduces Elementary Students to Nursing Careers
On Wednesday morning November 19, CDU participated in "All About Drew" where we
hosted 80 first, second, and special education students from Lincoln Drew elementary
school. A team of nursing students gave them a tour of the nursing facility in the Life Science Research Nursing Education Building. They were able to listen to heart and lung
sounds on the simulation mannequins with their new stethoscopes. They also read a story
about Dr. Charles R. Drew (For which their school is named, in part) as well as learn about
all the wonderful types of nursing professions. The children were then served a catered lunch and each child received a
small backpack with a book and CDU pencil.
“This is our 2nd annual event,” said Belinda Addo, organizer. “The first year I did this through donations from nursing students. This year, through funds I received from the Mission Maker, I was able to purchase stethoscopes, books and backpacks for each child.” This has been another Mission Maker success story! Submitted by Belinda Addo, CDU Alumna,
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Faculty and Staff
Community Faculty: Attorney Robert Garcia Meets President Obama
Robert Garcia, a civil rights attorney and a Community Faculty member of CDU,
came face to face with President Barack Obama recently.
The paths of the two crossed in the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains on October
10th when President Obama designated the San Gabriel Mountains National
Monument. “This is an issue of social justice. Because it’s not enough to have this
awesome natural wonder within your sight– you have to be able to access it,”
said the President. Read the entire story here.
Fall Preview 2014 Courts Potential Enrollees
The CDU Director of Admissions, Amin Maghsoodi, and his team hosted a Fall
Preview of fresh-faced hopefuls and their parents interested in CDU. Students
had expressed interest in CDU through CDU outreach at College Fairs, and other
community efforts. For a few scenes from the event, click here.
Short Takes:
Dr. Yanyuan Wu
What CDU Researchers are Discovering about Triple Negative Breast
When you see football players running
touchdowns in pink
cleats, you know
saying a word that
it is October - National Breast Cancer
Awareness Month.
As women become
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The first recipient of the
“Where’s Drew? Award
is Mike Ransom
Mike Ransom was presented with the first
Award”, presented by
members of CDU’s Provost Team. Our mascot,
“Drew” travels from one
award recipient to the
next each quarter. He is
to be found in the recipient’s work area as visible
recognition of exemplary
service to the University
as identified by members
of the Provost’s Team.
Dr. Nina Harawa
Speaks on Self-Care for
the Activist
Dr. Nina Harawa, CDU
Associate Professor, was
recently featured on
KPFK FM, the Beautiful
Struggle program hosted
by Michael Datcher and
CSULA’s Dr. Melina Abdullah. The topic is: The
Activist’s Self Care. To
listen, click here.
Loretta Jones, CEO of
Healthy African American Families and Community Faculty here at
CDU recently was awarded the Dr. Nelle BeckerSlaton Pathfinder Award.
The Association of Pan
African Doctoral Scholars, Inc. honored her at
Luncheon in recognition
of dedicated service to
the affairs of the community and for the civic
pride demonstrated by
numerous contributions
for the benefit of all citizens of Los Angeles
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CDU Calendar:
November 2014
November Photo Gallery
Click the pics to see more photos from CDU events! Or click the title to see all of them!
Thursday, November 27 and
28th, 2014 Thanksgiving Weekend—Campus Closed
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Giving Tuesday
Wednesday, December 03,
2014 1st Annual LA County DHS
Diabetes Day
Saturday, December 06, 2014
Project Santa Claus
Friday, December 12, 2014 CDU
Monthly Birthday Celebrations
Health Fairs: Congresswoman Karen Bass
and Assemblymember Isadore Hall View
Dr. William Shay , WASC liaison speaks at the WASC
Poster Session. See more photos here.
Standing in for Dr. Gus Gill to receive U. of
Michigan Alumni Award More
CoveredCA has open enrollment now! Click for
photos from the day they came to CDU.
Rush Day @ CDU Photos of groups here.
MMDSON White Coat Cohort 7 Photos View
Considering our Veterans with Dr. Ron
Beavers View Raw Video Clip
CDU Donor Appreciation Reception Photos
Wednesday, December 24,
2014 —Monday January 5, 2015
CDU is closed for the Holidays
More Calendar events:
COSH’s Laurell Black
Earns Certificate
Laurell L. Black, COSH, has been
re-certified as a Community
Emergency Response Team
(CERT) member. It is a program, under the Department of
Homeland Security and FEMA
(Federal Emergency Management Agency), designed to prepare citizens to assist local Fire
Departments in case of natural
or manmade emergencies.
Now that he completed the
seven-week course, he is better
prepared to assist in the event
of an earthquake or other disaster. Laurell advises "Be prepared, have a plan of action,
attend a CERT class in your area.” You can learn more here.
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CDU Helps the EJ Jackson Foundation
give 10,000 Thanksgiving Dinners
For the past 32 years, the
Jackson Limousine Foundation has distribution over a
million Turkeys and all the
Thanksgiving trimmings to
less fortunate area families. This year, the effort
was a bit tougher, because
donations weren’t coming
“When the clarion call for
support was sounded,
Charles R. Drew University
of Medicine and Science
(CDU) did not hesitate to
answer. The event has
become a hallmark of the E.J. Jackson Foundation commitment
to caring for individuals who are in most need. And is very
much appreciated by the same community the University has
served for nearly 50 years. We encourage other educational
institutions to participate,” said CDU President and CEO Dr. David. M. Carlisle.
CDU was well represented by V.P. Angela Minniefield, Director
of Development Edna Yohannes, and Dr. David Carlisle. News:
KCBS Coverage | KNBC Coverage
AXIS/CDU Profiles Highlights
Drew Cares’
HIV International Programs
From left - Dr. Ekow Sey, Cora Ortile, Wilfredo Lopez, Jason
McCuller, Dr. Charles Hilliard, Dr.
Lejeune Lockett and Azeb Teshome.
Many people are aware of CDU's mission to reduce health disparities in minority and under-served populations. What may
be less well known to the public is CDU's pursuit of this mission
in regions outside of California and the United States. The university's International Health Programs have a long history of
reducing global health inequities. Some of the most successful
and innovative of these programs are U.S. Department of Defense and PEPFAR (the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS
Relief)-funded programs that partner with the military of host
countries Rwanda, Angola, Belize, and Jamaica to tackle the
problems of HIV/AIDS. Through these programs, CDU is helping
to address multiple issues in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, not just in the military, but in the population at large. Dr.
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gether for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your
community, your company or your organization to
come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and
be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of
For us, we assemble a team which meets in the Cobb
Main Board Room and call friends, family and alumni
of CDU to continue to support our Mission Maker
Campaign. That Campaign raises money for students,
faculty and alumni mini grants. Here is a short list of
projects we've funded: The Mission of the MMD
School of Nursing to visit Ghana, the Philippines and
Mexico to provide services to those without access to
heath care.
Click to:
Give | Attend the Launch | Watch Video | Watch
Last Year’s Video
Contribute Today!
Learn more. Read:
The Mission Maker Campaign Brochure
Hilliard and Dr. Sey are Co-Program Directors on
these International Programs and are supported by
Dr. Lockett, the Operations Manager. Dr. Gus Gill
provides overall oversight of the programs. Read
complete Profile Here
Students can use CDU PROFILES to assist their research, find experts, resources and clinical mentors,
and since CDU is among institutions that have
rolled-out this resource, researchers at other institutions can also find CDU researchers to collaborate
with. To use the all new, extremely useful CDU Profiles, click here.
Note to CDU Faculty: Please do a vanity search to
make sure your biography is updated and your publications are current! If not, you must update the
information yourself. To learn how, contact:
Lola Omolola Ogunyemi, PhD, Director, Center for
Biomedical Informatics Associate Professor, Life
Sciences Institute Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Phone: 323-249-5732.
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Alumni News
The latest Alumni Newsletter is available here.
Dr. Tracy Charles’ Work In Anesthesiology
Featured in the Los Angeles Sentinel
The Sleep Doctor
Speaks: CDU Alum
Dr. Tracy Charles Explains Anesthesiology from Local Numbing to Lights Out!
For many patients, anesthesia is the scariest part of
surgery. But you can ease
your fears and prevent the
rare negative outcome with
awareness and good communication with doctors.
Dr. Tracy Charles, veteran anesthesiologist, trained at
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU)
calls herself “The Sleep Doctor.” She’s not the kind who
studies why you can’t get to sleep or stay asleep. She’s the
“Lights Out” anesthesiologist who puts you to sleep moments before surgeons fix whatever ails you.
Dr. Charles gives us a quick primer into her world of anesthesiology, which at the center is anesthesia: a temporary
state consisting of unconsciousness, loss of memory, lack of
pain, and muscle relaxation.
“First, you must understand that an anesthesiologist is a
bona fide medical doctor,” said Dr. Charles. She recalls numerous times when she asked crucial questions of her patients and they say “Well, I’ll just wait until a doctor gets
here.” Dr. Charles doesn’t take it personally but she will
affirm “I am a doctor.” Read entire article here
The Masters in Public Health program has been featured on the Council on Education for Public Health’s
(CEPH) website. CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit
schools of public health and public health programs
outside schools of public health.
CEPH featured the CDU Master of Public Health by
“The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program of
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
(CDU) continue the University’s tradition of addressing
health inequalities and serving the needs of underserved populations of South Los Angeles. Cultivating
highly competent and committed public health professionals, CDU’s MPH program creates an academically
rigorous environment uniquely focused on the urban
socio-environmental determinants of health.” Read
the entire feature here:
Submitted by Barbara S. Cross and Dr. Sondos Islam
The CDU Newsletter is Published Monthly
by the Office of Strategic Advancement
The Office of Strategic Advancement; Angela Minniefield, VP, Publisher; Edna Yohannes, Ali Roshan, Jasmine Hill, Aunsha Williamson, William Paz-Leiva, Jovan Owens, James Reed and Isidra Person-Lynn, Editor.
Email comments or questions to:
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Special Thanks to VP Angela Minniefield, Edna Yohannes, Aunsha Williamson for her directorial debut,
William Paz-Leiva, DOP, Amin Maghsoodi, Dr. Sondos
Islam, Barbara Cross, Melanie Rodriguez, and Ali
Roshan, our webmaster.
November 2014 Photo Gallery
Nursing Students in Ghana Video |GHI Photos |Rush Day | Dr. Vadgama's Award |
WASC Poster Day | Robert Garcia w/ Pres. Obama | New Nursing Jacket | Dean Edelstein Speaks | Drew Cares/CDU Profiles | Veterans- Dr. Ronald Beavers | Mission Maker | Dr. Gill’s Award | Fall Preview Day | Assemblyman Isadore Hall | Congresswoman
Karen Bass’ Health Fair | Giving Tuesday Video | Aztlan Run Walk
Read this month’s CDU NEWS here:
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