October 24, 2006

Working Together to Fight an Epidemic in Africa

UCLA Anderson and Johnson & Johnson Train HIV/AIDS Service Providers

Faculty Director Victor TabbushLOS ANGELES - Allied with Johnson & Johnson, UCLA Anderson experts traveled to Kenya to present the first Johnson & Johnson/UCLA HIV/AIDS Management Development Institute. The curriculum was customized for East African agencies and organizations coping not only with an unprecedented health care crisis, but the massive relief effort that crisis has spawned. Approximately 30 participants attended the institute with the goal of enhancing the quantity and quality of services they provide in an increasingly complex and decentralized system.

“As organizations scale up their efforts to do more to meet the enormous health and social challenges that the AIDS epidemic has caused, they find that they lack the requisite management and organizational skills and techniques,” says Faculty Director Victor Tabbush. “Building their management capacity is Anderson’s contribution in this crucial area.”

That contribution would not be possible without strategic partnerships. The Johnson & Johnson/UCLA HIV/AIDS Management Development Institute is the latest in a series of sponsored Johnson & Johnson management programs at UCLA Anderson. The institute was offered in cooperation with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) and the Global Business School Network. Classes were held at AMREF’s Nairobi headquarters, and the cost of the program (plus food and lodging) was provided to participants by the sponsors. The intensive, one-week program was designed and taught by Anderson faculty with the assistance of faculty from East African universities.

Tabbush was joined in Africa by UCLA Anderson Senior Associate Dean Al Osborne; Professor Kumar Rajaram; alumnus Jeff Luck (‘86), associate professor of health services at the UCLA School of Public Health; and Gayle Northrop (‘96), owner and principal of Northrop Non-Profit Consulting, a firm specializing in strategy, organizational development and group process facilitation.

Hope CenterSix essential areas of management comprised the institute coursework: organizational planning, operations management, health care systems, program evaluation and monitoring, leadership and human resources, and financial management. Participants were required to produce a Community Health Care Improvement Project. This action implementation plan prepared them to apply the learned curriculum at their home organizations, thereby greatly increasing overall productivity and effectiveness in the field. A key goal also was to help the East African organizations achieve financial sustainability.

The Johnson & Johnson family of companies has generously supported UCLA Anderson with gifts directed to the Head Start/Johnson & Johnson Management Fellows Program, the Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Health Care Institute and the Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Health Care Executive Program. These Johnson & Johnson-sponsored programs are managed through the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson.

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