On Saturday, December 7, 2002, at 4:00 p.m., Cynthia Callahoun Davis will be speaking on National AIDS Day at the Kansas Avenue Seventh Day Adventist Church in Riverside.
Davis is an Assistant Professor and Program Director in the Department of Family Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Drew University is the research and teaching arm of Martin Luther King, Jr. General Hospital in Los Angeles. Davis completed her masters level field placement assignment at the King/Drew Medical Center from 1980 to 1981. Davis began her professional career working as the Program Director of the Family Life information and Education Project at the American Indian Free Clinic in Compton, and worked there from 1983 to 1984. Davis developed a comprehensive sex education curriculum targeting American Indian adolescents. In 1984, the Department of Pediatrics at Charles R. Drew University hired Davis to develop a similar sex education and teen pregnancy prevention program in South Central Los Angeles. From 1984 to 1987, Davis coordinated a comprehensive community-based educational outreach project targeting at-risk African American and Latino youth in South Central Los Angeles. The focus of the intervention activities centered on sex education, teen pregnancy prevention, and HIV/AIDS education and risk reduction. Beginning in 1987, Davis transferred to the Department of Family Medicine to direct and coordinate a Center for Disease Control and Prevention funded project focusing on allowing the spread of HIV disease in the African American community on a national scale. Drew University and the National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO) worked in collaboration to develop a model throughout the United States in the African American community. Davis directed this project from 1987 to 1994. A sister project was replicated in Atlanta, Georgia in 1988, it was called the MAIN Project. This project was in operation from 1988 to 2000.
Kansas Avenue Seventh Day Adventist Church is located at 4491 Kansas Avenue in Riverside.
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