The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has launched a new center that will bring together top academic researchers, students and health care executives and practitioners to explore critical issues in the management of health care organizations.

The Fielding School’s Center for Healthcare Management is made possible by the Sinaiko Innovation Fund for Healthcare Management, a $1 million gift from Richard Sinaiko, who graduated with his master’s in public health in 1977, Patricia Sinaiko and Greg Sinaiko, who graduated with his master’s in public health in 2001.

The deep involvement of health care management practitioners in the center’s activities is central to its mission and success, said Laura Erskine, the center’s director.

“Engaging health care organizations as active collaborators with Fielding School faculty will ensure that our center produces practical, relevant knowledge,” Erskine said. She noted that multidisciplinary UCLA experts from outside the Fielding School will also participate — including medical, nursing, dentistry, engineering and business school faculty.

The gift is part of the Centennial Campaign for UCLA, which is scheduled to conclude in December 2019 during UCLA’s 100th anniversary year.

Read the news release on the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s website.