Supporting UCLA public health students and strengthening local communities
Students come to the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health inspired to improve communities and save lives. More and more of these top students grew up in disadvantaged communities, and those students have clear plans to return home after graduation so that they can help change the odds for their neighbors and the next generation.
Karla Gonzalez M.P.H. ’14 grew up in Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles. As a child, she dreamed of becoming a doctor, but now, she says she realizes that a medical education by itself will not address the problems in her poor, largely Latino community. In the summer between her school years, Karla went home to Boyle Heights as a public health student and saw her community — and what she could accomplish — in a different light.
Gonzalez, like all of her fellow UCLA Fielding School students, was required to complete at least 400 hours of work in the community. The fieldwork is as valuable to students as the hours they spend in the classroom. And, it strengthens UCLA’s community partners, too, providing them with highly motivated and committed community health advocates. Yet most students cannot afford to work without pay during the summer and still meet rent, food and tuition obligations.
We invite you to share our commitment to transforming lives by strengthening health in our communities. Your gift to support student fieldwork in Los Angeles and across the country will help us meet that commitment.
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