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Council President Herb Wesson (right) has his blood pressure checked by Dymally School of Nursing staff and Dr. Shirley Evers-Manly (center), Interim Dean of the School of Nursing at Charles R. Drew University at a recent community health fair.
To expand greater community awareness of health issues affecting minority communities in Los Angeles, Council President Herb Wesson recently partnered with the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing at the Charles R. Drew University in sponsoring a community health fair at the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex.
“As a community we’re more vulnerable to a wide array of health issues that range from obesity and diabetes, to heart disease and strokes,” said Wesson. “I’m especially grateful for the leadership of Dr. Shirley Evers-Manly, Interim Dean of the Dymally School of Nursing in making health awareness more of priority in our community.”
Named in honor of the late Mervyn Dymally, the School of Nursing opened in 2010 with full accreditation. The school offers a Master of Science in Nursing. The School of Nursing is the fastest growing program at the University.
Dymally was a historic figure in California politics, serving as the first African American lieutenant governor, state assemblyman, state senator, and member of Congress. He was also an important advocate for the Charles R. Drew University. Dymally passed away in 2012.
“Even something as a basic as a blood pressure check can alert you and your family to serious problems you may have,” said Wesson. “So, let’s get it done and start living healthier lives.”