Gala event honors celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, others for public health efforts, features actress Jamie Lee Curtis, journalist and author Atul Gawande.
Identifying the way HIV is transmitted, playing a leading role in California’s anti-tobacco campaign, and establishing a clear link between air pollutants and birth defects are just a few of the major public health milestones the UCLA School of Public Health celebrated during its 50th anniversary gala dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Century City.
Created as an independent school in 1961 by the UC Regents, the UCLA School of Public Health has been at the forefront of key public health advances over the last 50 years, conducting groundbreaking research; providing critical public health services in Los Angeles, throughout the United States and abroad; and training many of the most influential public health leaders in the world.
The event’s featured speaker was award-winning author and New Yorker magazine staff writer Dr. Atul Gawande. A physician and former Clinton White House adviser, Gawande has had a profound impact on medicine and policy through his studies on surgical procedures and health care costs and his advocacy for reform. His book “Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science” was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002. His latest, “The Checklist Manifesto,” is a New York Times best-seller.
Entertainment was provided by actress and singer Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, who also serves as a member of the UCLA School of Public Health Dean’s Advisory Board.
The school also inducted the following alumni into the 2011 Alumni Hall of Fame in recognition of their outstanding and distinctive contributions to the field of public health: Robert Black, M.D., M.P.H.; Sam Downing, M.B.A., M.P.H., F.A.C.H.E.; Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, M.P.H.; Arthur Southam, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H.; Antronette Yancey, M.D., M.P.H.; and Peter Long, M.P.H., Ph.D.