WESTWOOD—A newly established center at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health will bring together some of the best academic researchers, students, healthcare executives and practitioners to explore vital issues in the management of healthcare organizations.

The Fielding School Center for Healthcare Management’s Director Laura Erskine, stated in a press release, “Engaging health care organizations as active collaborators with Fielding School faculty will ensure that our center produces practical, relevant knowledge.”

Erskine noted that multidisciplinary experts from different departments at UCLA will also be participating in the Fielding School Center for Healthcare Management. The participating staff members are involved in medicine, dentistry, engineering, business, and nursing. The center’s director added that the deep involvement of health care management practitioners in the Fielding School Center for Healthcare Management is central to its mission and success.

The center will host monthly gatherings where practitioners and academics will discuss timely public health issues that influence the entire healthcare industry.

“One of the purposes of this center is to serve as an academic home for leaders in the field to contribute their career experience and provide mentorship to students,” said Erskine. There are other planned activities that include an annual healthcare management case competition, a collection of field-based case studies created for classroom discussion, and the dissemination of UCLA-generated scholarships to the practitioner community.

The Fielding School Center for Healthcare Management was made possible by the Sinaiko Innovation Fund For Healthcare Management. A $1 million donation was made by Richard Sinaiko who graduated with his Master’s in Public Health in 1977. Mr. Sinaiko is one of the leading healthcare management consultants in the medical industry and has held senior executive positions at UCLA Medical Center. The newly established center is also a part of the Centennial Campaign for UCLA which is scheduled to conclude in December 2019 during UCLA’s 100th year anniversary.

Canyon News reached out to UCLA’s media relations department for more information, but could not get a response before print.