M. Roy Wilson/View from the Chair

A Sole Candidate for President 

The Board of Trustees met this morning and reviewed the semi-finalists on the presidential search.

The board has narrowed down its search to a sole finalist whose appointment is anticipated to be finalized pending a reference/background check, and a CDU visit with the campus and other interested communities. Once the date of the visit is scheduled, I will send out an announcement.

                                        Accreditation Report


The board reviewed a draft of the accreditation report from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It arrived on Friday. During its monthly meeting on Monday, the board pored over the documents in closed session. 

Senior managers on Tuesday will examine the reports, followed on Wednesday by groups at the university involved in the accreditation process. The report is not yet final. We have until April 10 to make corrections. When finished, the documents will be made available to the campus community. 



An Ambassador's Visit


Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting Daniel Ohene Agyekum, Ghana's Ambassador to the U.S. While in Los Angeles, he made his first visit to the university, where a campus-wide reception was held in his honor. Mr. Agyekum met with several senior administrators over a two-day period, and we had what I would describe as fruitful talks. 


The university, once through the International Health Institute and now Drew Cares International, has long had a working relationship with the Ghanaians. We discussed collaborating on more health-related projects. 


M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S. is chairman of the Board of Trustees.


Jones Honored for Commitment to Community, Leadership in Health 

Loretta Jones remembers recently being in a roomful of people as her name was called. She was attending an annual reception for the Community Based Public Health Caucus. The crowd rose to their feet, applauding her work for national leadership in community-based health. 

Ms. Jones, the CEO of Healthy African American Families II in Los Angeles whose partners include Charles Drew University, tried to speak but couldn't. The crowd's response was overwhelming. Keith Norris, M.D., executive vice president for research and health affairs, spoke for her.

"I was shocked," she said. "I couldn't talk. I lost it. I could not speak except to say 'thank you.' I was so shocked. People were there from all over the nation. How did they get my name? I just do my work," she said. 

Ms. Jones has made her life's work healing communities and society in general. S
panning more than three decades, her career includes being a co-investigator on many grants and contracts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the National Institutes of Science; and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities that created partnerships for community outreach and research on health disparities through a funded center called the CDU/UCLA Project Export. 

She also was honored in 2004 as the first person to receive an award from the CDC Award for National Contribution to Minority Health Programs, Research and Surveillance-Department of Reproductive Health. She also was awarded the William Montague Cobb Award in July 2009 from the NAACP for her achievements in social and health justice, health education and health promotion. In addition, she received the President's Medal, during last year's graduation that recognizes extraordinary and unique service to the university.

"Loretta Jones does a phenomenal job of getting community members involved in research, and that's important, because research affects everyone, everyday and many of us don't even realize it," said Pluscedia Williams, an employee who nominated Ms. Jones for the Lucille Webb award, the ceremony that caused Ms. Jones to react emotionally. 

That accolade was presented at the American Public Health Association's national convention. At the same gathering, Ms. Jones also was honored with the association's Community Service Award, presented by the Black Caucus of Health Workers. She pulled through that ceremony without assistance, even though receiving another honor and garnering so much attention touched her heart.

"It was a big award for me to be recognized nationally for the services I do," she said.
Link to NAACP Award

Former Clinical Director at CDU Wins National Recognition

Ken Howard, a psychotherapist who specializes in helping gay men and others who struggle with HIV/AIDS, recently was named as one of the top 10 "Dedicated and Deserving Social Workers" of the year by Social Work Today magazine.

Howard, who has been living with HIV for nearly two decades, was clinical director of SPECTRUM, a CDU program that provides mental health, substance abuse,  and other services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Mr. Howard also is a cancer survivor.

"I'm just glad I'm here, and I'm actually doing well," he told an interviewer. "I think my clients seeing me walking with a cane during the physical rehabilitation period for my hips helps me to educate them about how complex living with HIV can be, but one can still triumph over adversity. That's what I teach in therapy often; to empower yourself to overcome any challenge."

After working in the non-profit sector for years, he practices privately in West Hollywood. Mr. Howard is an author who also provides an inspirational message heard on iTunes.com. "I can't believe people listen to my podcast in countries I've never even visited, but's it's an honor and kind of fun," he said. "I wish I could meet them all."



News in Brief


Spring Into Action

Spring Into Action, a health and fitness festival, will be held this month in South Los Angeles, featuring a range of fun, healthy activities. 

Those include: a 5-k Run; an Earth Day Celebration and Activities; Youth Spring Zone, an obstacle course, entertainment, health screenings and more.

The event, sponsored in part by Charles Drew University, has several other partners who are helping to put on the free festival: the Foundation for Second Chances; the Department of Recreation & Parks- Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, the North Area Neighborhood Development Council and Bring Back Gym.

Scheduled for Sat., Apr. 23, the festival will be held at the King Recreation Center, 3916 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles. It runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


 Class of 2011 Fundraiser

The Class of 2011 created a contest called "Gift to the College of Science and Health Opportunity Drawing." Raffle tickets cost $2 each, three for $5, or eight for $10.

The grand prize is an Xbox 360. Great runner-up gifts include CDU memorabilia valued at $125 or $70. The drawing will be held Wed., Apr. 13 at 5 p.m. in the Keck building's lobby.





National Public Health Week


Celebrate National Public Health Week with a series of events held next week in the Keck Lecture Hall. On Tues. Apr. 5, the movie, Erin Brockovich, will be shown, beginning at 6 p.m. Afterward, a Q-and-A session will be held. On Wed., Apr. 6, Felix Aguilar of the South Central Family Health Center, will discuss the "Health Hazards of Nuclear Power" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on-campus in the Keck Lecture Hall, 1731 E. 120th St., Los Angeles.  




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Charles Drew University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, Charles Drew University has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research. Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians, according to the Greenlining Institute.