UCLA Receives Historic Donation
The UCLA School of Public Health recieved a $50 million dollar donation Thursday, which is the single largest donation in UCLA history.
The gift comes from Dr. Jonathan Fielding and his wife, Karin. The school will now be called the UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health.
Dr. Jonathan Fielding is a founding director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, according to a UCLA press release. Dr. Fielding is also a professor of health services and pediatrics, and has been on the UCLA staff since 1979. Karin Fielding is an officer of The Everychild Foundation, a charity which aims to provide assistance to children suffering from medical problems, disabilities, abuse and poverty in the greater Los Angeles Area. She is also known for her work with children in the foster care system.
The UCLA School of Public Health is one of the top 10 schools of public health in the nation acccording to the U.S. News & World Report.
"Improving quality of life and promoting health for all is something Jonathan and Karin have spent their lives working to advance," said Dr. Linda Rosenstock, dean of the School of Public Health in a statement. "This gift will play a tangible role in improving health for people in the United States and beyond."
"UCLA School of Public Health students enter the field with a passion and commitment to public health. As someone who has dedicated my career to service, I am inspired by the talent and enthusiasm of UCLA students, and I am delighted that our family can help them achieve their educational goals and make a palpable difference in the wider world," said Dr. Jonathan Fielding in a statement.
The Fieldings and Dr. Rosenstock are expected to discuss the historic donation at 4 p.m. on Thursday.