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Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Mervyn Dymally School of Nursing

H-NIP Focus: Medical, Nursing
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Population – Los Angeles (City): 3,999,759 (2018) *
Population - California (State): 38,993,940 **
Number of HIV Doctors: 1,145: ****
Number of Students Trained to Date: Nursing - 90

Charles R. Drew University (CDU) of Medicine and Science is a private, non-profit, historically black university and a minority-serving institution located in Los Angeles County, California. It was founded in 1966 in response to inadequate medical facilities within the Watts region of Los Angeles, California.

The university founded its medical school in the response to the 1965 Watts riots to train minority doctors who would serve the poor of the South Los Angeles area. On August 13, 2010, the Charles Drew University Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing officially opened. The Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing (MMDSON) seeks to advance the science and art of nursing by conducting nursing research and providing nursing students with high-quality education that emphasizes the health status of underserved communities, for the purpose of enabling graduates to provide evidence-based nursing care with dignity, respect and compassion to all nursing clients.

Learn More About the HIV/AIDS Situation in California (State-Wide) and Los Angeles (Local)

Location HIV Prevalence AIDS Prevalence
CA 122,079** 117,841***
Los Angeles NA NA

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Contact Name:
Diane Breckenridge, PhD, MSN, RN, ANEF

Contact Name:
T: 323.568.3304
F: 323.568.3389