South Los Angeles Health Professions School Announces New University Strategic Plan and Continued Commitment to Health Care Reform
As California and the nation implement health care reform, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science President, Dr. David M. Carlisle, delivered his second State of the University. In this year’s address, Dr. Carlisle announced the new strategic plan, the role in training health care professionals in underserved areas in light of the Affordable Care Act and the many reasons to believe in CDU.
“It’s easy to believe in a private university with a very public mission—to educate our community today for a healthier tomorrow,” said Dr. Carlisle.
Speaking before an audience of students, faculty, staff, and community members, Dr. Carlisle recognized the achievements over the last year in education, community involvement and research.
Some of the highlights include:
A new strategic plan and vision: The strategic plan introduces a new vision statement, “Excellent health and wellness for all persons, peoples and communities, in a world without health disparities.”
Significant increase in student scholarships: The University was able to award $360,500 in scholarships to 60 students for the 2012-2013 school year. This amount represents an increase of more than $300,000 over the previous year.
Commitment to primary care: 44% of last year’s College of Medicine graduating class matched into primary care specialties. In 2015, CDU will reintroduce the Physician Assistant Master’s program.
Pioneering new community approaches: Dr. Theodore Friedman introduced group medical appointments to treat a larger number of patients efficiently. Dr. Nina Harawa initiated MAALES — Men of African American Legacy Empowering Self—a successful, culturally tailored HIV prevention program targeted at bisexual African American men.
Outstanding student community work: A student-driven initiative engaged 300 pre-and post-partum, Spanish speaking women in Los Angeles providing dietary education and support prior to delivery and nutritional and health monitoring for first 6 months of their babies’ lives.
Increased Enrollment: Enrollments rose 5% for the incoming class in 2013.
“More people will have health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act and we are training the physicians, the nurses and the public health professionals who will treat them,“ said Dr. Carlisle. “Our mission—which has always been critical—became even more so On October 1.”