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Research at CDU Helps to Reduce Health Disparities

Professor Cynthia Davis

Professor Cynthia Davis

David Martins MD

David Martins MD

LOS ANGELES, CA– Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science conducts a great deal of research and engages in significant outreach to help reduce health disparities among communities of color and the socioeconomically disadvantaged. Heart disease/stroke, cancer, diabetes and AIDS prevention remain among the top diseases that affect minority populations, and these communities are disproportionately affected by preventable disease, disability and even death.

Aggressive identification and implementation of new and more effective prevention and intervention strategies is needed, as heart disease and strokes are leading killers across most racial and ethnic communities in the U.S.  “We are currently exploring the role of vitamin D in the prevention of heart disease and diabetes, along with a regimen of diet and exercise. We are also exploring video game exercises as a means of heart disease prevention, especially for patients who live in communities where it may not be safe to go outdoors for exercise. High blood pressure is a large contributor to heart disease,” says Dr. David Martins, Assistant Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs at CDU.  He encourages a minimum of annual blood pressure checks and more often if not normal. “If it is elevated they should get care immediately. A tablet of aspirin a day reduces your risk of stroke and heart disease,” he added.

HIV/AIDS has a devastating impact on minorities in the U.S., with almost 71 percent of the newly diagnosed cases.  Cynthia Davis, Assistant Professor in the Medical Sciences Institute at CDU has been a trail blazer in HIV/AIDS community outreach and mobilization, and has been involved in HIV primary prevention initiatives on a national and local level since 1986, initiating the first pilot demonstration mobile HIV testing program in Los Angeles County in 1991, providing HIV testing, counseling and referral services to over 60,000 community residents.

“HIV/AIDS disproportionately impacts African American women, youth, and men who have sex with men. This disease is 100% preventable, but due to denial, fear, stigma, homophobia, and lack of access to health care, it continues to ravage our community. The CDC recommends everyone aged 14 to 64 obtain an annual HIV test,” says Davis.

Professor Davis is also involved in research examining how factors such as HIV knowledge, alcohol abuse and childhood sexual abuse influence the rates of depression among HIV positive and HIV negative Latinos residing in South Los Angeles. CDU was also a health partner in the KJLH Radio’s Women’s Health Forum on Saturday, April 27.

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (www.cdrewu.edu), is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, medical and health sciences institution in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, and has graduated over 550 medical doctors, 2,500 postgraduate physicians, 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  It is the only dually-designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., with a mission to provide care with excellence and compassion, and transform the health of underserved communities.

Thursday – May 23 Small Business 8(A) Certification Training Become Eligible For More Contract Awards

SANTA ANA, CA— Become Eligible for More Contract Awards with 8(a) Certification. The Small Business Administration’s Santa Ana District Office will provide 8(a) Business Development Program Application Workshops. The SBA’s 8(a) business development program, named for a section of the Small Business Act, is a business development program created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market. The May 23 Workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in the SBA Training Room. Applicant firms must be: A small business; Unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and citizens of the United States; and Demonstrate potential for success. Remaining workshop dates in 2013 for Orange County are June 27th, July 25th, August 22nd, and October 24th. All of these workshops will be located in the Training Room of the SBA office, located at 200 W. Santa Ana Boulevard, Suite 700, Santa Ana, CA. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the sessions starting at 8:30 a.m. promptly and lasting until noon. Registration is required. Please email sandra.anguiano@sba.gov with your business name and the name of person attending to RSVP for the application workshop.

Monday – May 20 Free Breast Cancer Support Group Meets Monthly At Armc

COLTON, CA – The Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) provides a FREE Breast Cancer Support Group for patients and their families from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the third Monday of each month. The next meeting is June 17, 2013, in the Oak Conference Room, First Floor, ARMC, 400 North Pepper Ave., Colton, CA 92324 This Support Group provides a comfortable environment where women can talk amongst themselves and support each other through breast cancer treatments under the guidance of Breast Clinic Coordinator, Lori Nuno. Information: 909-580-3546.