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“Honoring Legends Investing In Our Future” Legacy Leaders Spring Gala
By Sentinel News Service
Published April 18, 2013


Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Cynthia Davis and Dr. David Carlise

 Cynthia Davis Honored For Legacy of HIV/AIDS Education and Outreach For Underserved

Recently, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) presented  its inaugural Legacy Leaders Spring Gala. The event’s theme, “Honoring Legends Investing In Our Future” represents ‘legendary leaders’ who have supported CDU throughout its 46-year history.  Proceeds from the event support student services at CDU and the Saturday Science Academy II—the University’s premier education pipeline program for children and youth grades K-12. Over 300 students, staff, faculty, alumni, CDU friends, and donors attended and honored this year’s legend—Professor Cynthia C. Davis, MPH, Director, CDU HIV/AIDS Mobile Outreach Project. 

At the California Science Center, Grammy Award Nominee, Lalah Hathaway, performed and the Mistress of Ceremonies was Toni Guinyard of NBC4 News. The CDU Legacy Leaders Spring Gala raises awareness of individuals – “legends” – whose life and work embodies CDU’s legacy of service through education, patient and care and research.  The event also raises awareness of the University’s  academic and pipeline programs that educate students and train future health providers that are as diverse as California’s population.     

The evening was in honor of Professor Davis, who currently teaches in CDU’s Urban MPH program in the College of Science and Health. She has a long legacy of HIV/AIDS Community Education and Outreach in Los Angeles.  In 1991, she collaborated with the Homeless Outreach Project and El Centro Human Services to develop the first dedicated mobile HIV testing and community outreach project in Los Angeles County in 1991, which inspired future models for reaching hard-to-reach at risk racial/ethnic minority populations in Los Angeles County

“CDU has a long tradition of educating and working with innovative and compassionate health care professionals,” said Dr. David Carlisle, President of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. “Cynthia Davis has contributed greatly to our mission, and ultimately to South Los Angeles. This Gala reminds our students that – like Cynthia Davis – true leaders use their roles to inspire and help their community.”

Cynthia Davis remarked, “This has been an amazing evening. For the University to acknowledge me in this way is amazing. I’d like to especially thank Dr. David Carlisle, CDU Administration and CDU staff for making this possible. I am eternally grateful.”

Sponsors of the CDU Spring Gala included: The California Wellness Foundation, AltaMed, Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente, Cedars Sinai, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA Health System, Dignity Health , Walgreens, The California Endowment, The Los Angeles Sentinel and Southern California Edison

Funds raised by the Gala will increase student support services focused on increasing

student recruitment and retention. The local community will benefit from the

University’s diverse student body and graduates who are committed to increased primary care access as well as the delivery of healthcare services with excellence and compassion. In addition, funds will benefit Saturday Science Academy II–a K-12, educational pipeline program that exposes underrepresented minority students ages four to 18 to science and math.

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