Important, Lasting Donation by CHS Faculty Couple

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The department of Community Health Sciences is pleased to report a wonderful contribution from two of our own. Professor Charlotte Neumann and her husband Professor Emeritus Alfred Neumann have generously donated $100,000 to establish the Drabkin/Neumann Global Public Health Field Experience Endowment. The endowment will support global public health field work, with priority given to CHS students interested in family and maternal health and nutrition. This gift is intended to guarantee the Drabkin support will continue indefinitely. “It gives us great satisfaction to know that we are playing a vital role in advancing UCLA’s mission of research, education, and public service, “ the Neumanns said when making the gift.

Hundreds of students have benefited from the Drabkin Award since 1995. The experience of two recent recipients is typical:

"The generous gift of the Drabkin Award allowed me to pursue my dreams of traveling to Africa to conduct fieldwork. It enabled me to do something I would have not been financially able to do otherwise. I interned with UYDEL and provided health counseling to youth living in dire situations, as well as evaluating an HIV/AIDS program. Not only did I gain knowledge and unforgettable experiences, I was able to contribute to empowering young people to change their lives. The youth and organization in turn helped to solidify my desire to continue working in the field of global reproductive health." 
-Ashley Avella, MPH, summer 2011

"The Drabkin Award gave me the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone to work with those in a developing country. It allowed me to experience the difficulty in applying coursework material in a real life situation and learn how to work with people of a different cultural background. This experience further enhanced my desire to work in the field of global health because it was very rewarding to be able to serve those who are most in need." 
-Alice Fung, MPH, summer 2011

Picture: Professor Emeritus Alfred Neumann and his wife Professor Charlotte Neumann