Cynthia Davis, MPH
Cynthia Davis, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine and College of Science and Health at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, California. She has worked in the HIV/AIDS arena for 27 years developing HIV/AIDS education, risk reduction and HIV testing programs targeting at risk communities of color. Professor Davis developed the first pilot mobile HIV testing program in Los Angeles County in 1991. This mobile testing and community outreach program has provided free HIV screening services to over 60,000 Los Angeles County residents since its inception.
Professor Davis was instrumental in helping to build and operate the first HIV/AIDS hospice in Los Angeles County in 1989. She was also instrumental in T.H.E. Clinic obtaining funding to operate the first dedicated HIV treatment clinic for women in South Los Angeles in 1990. She served on the Board of Directors of Health Promotion Institute, Inc., which operated a residential shelter for HIV positive homeless women and their dependent children in Los Angeles County from 1993 to 2003, and in 1998, she developed a project benefiting HIV/AIDS orphans, called the Dolls of Hope Project. The Dolls of Hope Project has distributed over 6,000 handmade cloth dolls to HIV/AIDS orphans on a local, national and international basis.
Professor Davis has served on the Board of Directors of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest AIDS Service Organization in the United States, for the past 21 years. Professor Davis has served as an advocate for medically underserved communities on a local, regional and national level for over 27 years. She has directed local, regional and national HIV/AIDS programs funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the federal Health Resources Services Administration, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Women’s Health and Office of Minority Health. For World AIDS Day 2010, Professor Davis’ HIV/AIDS work was highlighted on Lifetime Cable TV on their “Remarkable Women” series and her work was recently showcased in March 2011 on Time Warner Cable’s, Video on Demand, during Women’s History Month.