CDU: HIV/AIDS Information Community Outreach Project; Moving Forward with Outreach in Uncharted Territory: COVID – 19

During the third quarter a number of outreach activities were implemented, and all activities were virtual.

David Lee coordinated the HIV Prevention Navigation Training Program providing an experiential learning opportunity for CDU students.  This collection of 10 videos is the first step in this learning process, with local and national experts in the field of HIV providing lectures in their specific areas of expertise.  Students then go on to field work, providing HIV prevention education and linkage to care assistance to PrEP and PEP clinical services for disenfranchised populations in South Los Angeles. In addition, the implementation of the information kiosks were scheduled to begin on October 1, 2020 and will run for 6 weeks at the 3 Metro Rail Stations in South Central Los Angeles, California. The rail  stations are namely Compton, Willowbrook and Rose Park. 

Dr. Cynthia Davis participated in several outreach activities: Initiation of 10 week NIH funded Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training Program (MHRT) at CDU, working with three graduate students using the PubMed to complete a literature review. Collaborated with a local non-profit called In the Mean Time Men’s Group, Inc. which targets African American gay and bisexual men for HIV/AIDS risk reduction and primary prevention, served as a panelist focusing on HIV/AIDS advocacy. Participated as a panelist discussing HIV/AIDS at the 20th Annual KJLH Women’s Health Expo, where approximately 5,000 women logged on to the KJLH website for the all day program. Dr. Davis facilitated a presentation as part of the PrEP Navigator Training Program the University has developed targeting CDU  Post Bac students.  In addition, coordinated the development and implementation of a webinar focusing on the impact  of COVID-19 on the African American community.

Dr. Darlene Parker Kelly conducted 3 library workshops for students who were newly enrolled in education programs at Charles R. Drew University (CDU). The student participants included: medical students, Physician Assistant students, and students in Post Baccalaureate program. The focus of the workshops was introducing select databases from the National Library of Medicine, including: PubMed, MedlinePlus, ClinicalTrials.gov, and HIVinfo formerly AIDSinfo. In addition, the use of the HIV/AIDS libguide continues to increase, http://cdrewu.libguides.com/hiv. Despite COVID-19, we are engaged in outreach activities which enabled CDU to promote the use of the National Library of Medicine resources as reliable and credible sources to assist in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.



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