April 3, 2023

Major grant for Program in Public Health

I am delighted to announce that the Irvine Health Foundation, a longtime partner of UCI, has made a $14 million grant in support of the Program in Public Health. This vital funding will establish seven endowed chairs in the Program in Public Health to recruit and retain the field’s top academic leaders and experts, who will strive for health equity among all Orange County residents. The funding will also support research to help improve outcomes and inform policy.

As we advance the Program in Public Health into a full-fledged school within the UCI Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, this grant will greatly enhance our efforts to create a national model of healthcare teaching, research and delivery. The seven chairs established by the grant are the first endowed chairs in the program and a tremendous vote of confidence in our ability to make a lasting impact on the health of people in our region and beyond.

UCI and the Irvine Health Foundation, established in 1985, have long shared a commitment to improving the well-being of all Orange County residents. This latest grant brings IHF’s total giving to UCI to more than $20 million. For decades, the foundation and UCI have partnered to launch various initiatives and projects aimed at advancing health outcomes, including the Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND), the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, a $1 million lead grant for the UCI Medical Center hospital campaign, and a $1 million grant to establish the School of Medicine’s Gerald B. Sinykin, M.D. Chair in Family Medicine.

Please join me in expressing our deepest gratitude to the Irvine Health Foundation and its board for their steadfast support and friendship.

Chancellor Howard Gillman