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Cedars-Sinai donates $3.3 million to improve community health projects

Charles R. Drew University will receive a $1.5 million grant from Cedars-Sinai to fund scholarships for medical students.
Charles R. Drew University will receive a $1.5 million grant from Cedars-Sinai to fund scholarships for medical students.
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Cedars -Sinai will provide $3.3 million in grants to organizations working on community health, education and safety projects across Los Angeles. 

“These grants focus on infrastructure to help strengthen and sustain organizations that share Cedars-Sinai’s commitment to building a stronger, healthier community,” said Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai, in a statement. “It can be difficult to get support for practical things like renovating clinic facilities and updating technology, but as a health care provider, we understand how important this is to improving health in Los Angeles neighborhoods."

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The largest grant recipient is Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, which will get $1.5 million. One million dollars will go fund an endowment that will provide scholarships for students. School officials said the donation would help "scores of students for many years."

 “There is no greater underserved and under-resourced community in California than the community right around Charles R. Drew University," said Dr. David Carlisle, the university's president and CEO. "So in order to serve the needs of this community, we know that it is really beneficial to have students who become health professionals come from that community.” 

Carlisle said that students that come from medically-underserved communities are more likely to stay and work in the area after graduating. 

Cedars-Sinai is giving grants to several community organizations in South Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Venice. It’s also giving money to first responders. Among other things, the Los Angeles City Fire Department will receive more than 70 specialized evacuation chairs designed to help people roll down a building’s stairwell in an emergency. The County Sheriff’s department in West Hollywood will get new computer monitors. 

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