Charles R Drew University COVID 19 Testing site

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As COVID-19 continues to spread, the future has never felt so unpredictable. These are challenging times for us all, and we hope you are in good spirits and health! Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is serving residents in Willow brook, South Los Angeles, and surrounding neighborhoods, by providing free COVID- 19 Testing services 7 days a week. Now, more than ever, our community needs us. And we need you. 

CDU is located across the street from the state-of-the-art Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Campus, which provides an array of vital services to the community, including urgent care, hospitalization and recuperative care for people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. CDU is also slated to begin analyzing demographic data to determine the novel coronavirus’ effect on diverse communities across Los Angeles County. “It is heartening to know that residents of South LA and the surrounding areas will now have a convenient place to get tested,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “It is imperative, now more than ever, to ensure that we are continuing our work against longstanding health disparities by ensuring greater equity and access to resources in our communities.”

As the statistics are now showing, “under-resourced communities of color are being disproportionately affected by the novel coronavirus. However, there have been very few, if any, COVID-19 testing sites in these communities,” said CDU President and CEO Dr. David M. Carlisle. “The higher death rates from COVID-19 in Black communities is sadly, not surprising,” said Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Dean of the College of Medicine at CDU. “There is an old saying in the Black community that when America gets a cold, the Black community gets pneumonia. The disparities that exists in health care are not explained by any one factor; multiple things add up to increase risk and create more severe outcomes.  Poverty, institutional racism, poor public schools, lack of health insurance and lack of access to healthcare are some of those factors.  With COVID-19, the higher rates of chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney failure among African-Americans help explain the higher rates of death from the disease among Black Americans.” It is therefore critical for us to reach to the community and ask for their support as our funding is very limited.

You can also advocate for us by sharing our mission with a family member or friend. Even a quick mention on your social media would mean the world to us.

In order to donate meals please e-mail: [email redacted]

You can also donate to CDU COVID-19 Testing Site Volunteer Fund at:  In the comments box, please designate your donation to “on-site testing operations” and “volunteer fund.”

In times like this, we are reminded of how interconnected we all are. Thank you for being part of our community. Without you, none of it is possible.


Best Regards,

CDU COVID-19 Volunteer Team

More information about Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science:

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is a private, nonprofit, community-founded, student-centered University committed to cultivating diverse health professions leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, clinical service and community engagement. In the five decades since the school was incorporated in 1966, CDU has graduated more than 600 physicians, 1,225 physician assistants and nearly 1,600 other health professionals, as well as training over 2,700 physician specialists through its sponsored residency programs. Its School of Nursing has graduated over 1,300 nursing professionals, including over 950 family nurse practitioners.


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