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But outreach is not new to the
A: I keep hearing the word outreach,
but I don’t believe it’s an accurate description of
what we are doing. We have to do more than reach out; our relationship
with the community is much more symbiotic and interactive. I prefer
terms like partnership and engagement. We are working at the intersection
of where the campus and community touch each other. We’ve
been engaged around the greater L.A. area in health care, the arts,
education, public policy, engineering. The challenge now is to harness
that dynamic, to give it meaning and substance, to find ways to
nurture and extend existing relationships and to identify and develop
What are some of the best examples
of this kind of synergy?
A: The Hope Street Family Center
in downtown Los Angeles is a wonderful model that focuses on helping
to establish and promote connections between quality early development
and a child’s ability to reach his or her potential in school
and life. It is a place for families to obtain critical support
services — early-childhood education, parenting skills, literacy
education, enrichment programs for their children, community building
and job training. We have UCLA staff and students there. We have
faculty there doing research.
are many other places where this synergy exists. For example, UCLA
urologist Mark Litwin M.P.H. ’93 is running a three-year program,
funded with $50 million from the state, to provide free high-quality
prostate-cancer treatment to more than 200 under- and uninsured
men living below the federal poverty line throughout California.
They receive care in their own communities from specialists contracted
by UCLA; nurse case managers who act as patient advocates counsel
them. Programs like these build real relationships with communities
and make a profound difference in people’s lives.
Where will you seek community partners?
A: Clearly, we can’t be all
things to all people. The chancellor has identified three broad
areas where we will focus our efforts: with children, youth and
families; in health and medicine; and the arts. These are all areas
where the campus already has specific strengths.