Volume #1, Newsletter #1 9-27-2010


New Chairman: "Expect 110% from Me"

Excerpts from Dr. M. Roy Wilson’s Sept. 21 forum with staff, students and faculty in Keck Auditorium:

On his leadership role: Dr. Wilson will be a very active board chairman. "I will do more than a typical board chairman. I'll be somewhere between a board chairman and a president." He added, "On the ground, I will do as much as I can do while I'm here." On communication: He believes in communication that is frequent and transparent. "I pledge to you that is what you'll get." He plans to launch an electronic newsletter that will be broadly distributed. On what to expect from his leadership: He values shared governance and will appear as often as possible whenever asked to attend meetings by the Academic Senate or by faculty groups. "During my time here, you can expect 110% from me."

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Minority Patients with Diabetes Show Major Gains in Health, New Study Says 
Minorities have long suffered from diabetes at a far higher rate than the broader U.S. population. In addition, outcomes of diabetes care are significantly worse for minorities. But in the September issue of the Journal of Managed Care, researchers at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science improved outcomes for minorities with diabetes to a level that, in the scientists' words, was "as good as anywhere in the nation." 
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Recognition Spreads for Program that Combines Health Checkups with a Haircut

Bill J. Relford, founder of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, recently described a pair of innovative health programs he developed as part of a public forum sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus. His speech took place Friday, Sept. 17 during a series of special presentations, described as "programs and innovations to support and replicate in the post-health care reform era." Throughout the day-long program, expert panelists discussed health care reform, and how the new legislation will be expected to help underserved communities. The conference, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the Nation's Capitol, was sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc., and its Health Brain Trust program. 

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News in Brief

  School of Nursing

An affiliation agreement has been struck between the university's nursing program and St. Jude College, a private college of nursing in Manila, Philippines, Dean Gloria J. McNeal said.

Dean Gloria J. McNeal was featured in a cover story in this month's Bold Voices, an official publication of the Association of Critical Care Nursees, a major trade group.

 Coll. of Sci. & Health

The first physician assistant student from the 2010 class has passed their board exam, said Dean Gail Orum-Alexander.

In cooperation with the Providence Blood Drive Center, Charles Drew Student Government has planned a blood drive Oct. 27, 2010 on campus.

 College of Medicine

Duane J. Taylor, M.D. received a Presidential Citation this year for his outstanding work for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. Dr. Taylor, who completed his residency at the university, practices in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.

 Academic Affairs

An Internal Mock Review will be held on Wed., Sept. 29, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  in Board Room 281. Accreditation Committees and Task Groups,  student leaders and the Employee Committee have been asked to provide proof of the university's substantial compliance with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, based on  findings from the last site visit as well as to plan for a report that is due later this Fall. 

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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.