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Published on August 14th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Dr. Bambi W. Gaddist Completes Business Management Program at UCLA

Pictured above Dr. Bambi W. Gaddist. Photo by Calvin Reese, Millennium Magazine.  

LOS ANGELES —Families and individuals who receive services from South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council in Columbia, South Carolina will be the ultimate beneficiaries of specialized management training completed by the organization’s Executive Director, Dr. Bambi W. Gaddist, one of this year’s 44 graduates of the UCLA/ Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program (HCEP).  This intensive 11 day program, conducted at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, is designed to enhance the management and leadership skills of executives from community health centers (CHC) and executive directors and emerging leaders of AIDS service organizations (ASO). Designed from a strategic planning perspective, the curriculum consists of practical tools, techniques and approaches to leadership and management relevant to CHCs and ASOs who are adapting to the major changes in health policy, financing and service integration. Graduates from the program engage in a rigorous but relevant curriculum that provides the requisite skills, knowledge and abilities to successfully manage and lead their organizations in a changed world for healthcare delivery. In the 2014 program, thirty-two participants were from community health centers and twelve participants were from AIDS Service Organizations.

Johnson & Johnson and UCLA developed the program in 2002 in response to the need for community based organizations to be better equipped to confront the mounting challenges in our nation’s health care system.  The HCEP program is designed to sharpen leaders’ skills so they can help their health centers and AIDS service organizations improve and expand care for the people they serve.  Community health centers provide doctors, basic health services and care facilities to millions of people, particularly the medically underserved and those living in vulnerable communities.  AIDS Service Organizations provide a range of free services to people infected or affected by HIV and AIDS. The program also inspires executives to create and set in motion a Community Health Improvement Project (CHIP). Through a peer-and-faculty consulting process, participants develop a unique strategic plan to resolve a significant issue or obstacle in their organization. Since the program’s inception in 2002, nearly 750 executives have graduated with enhanced management and leadership skills.  Forty-four participants, representing organizations that serve nearly 700,000 patients and clients annually at 330 sites nationwide, will have graduated from the program in 2014.

Participants are selected through a competitive application process and Johnson and Johnson subsidizes the majority of the program costs (tuition, training materials, lodging and meals) for both the participant and their co-participant.

The state of South Carolina ranks 8th and our capital Columbia, ranks 10th and in the nation in the rate of AIDS.  Despite new technologies and progress in HIV treatment and care, there are over 17,000 citizens reported to be living with HIV infection (including AIDS) in South Carolina.  South Carolina ranked sixth in the country for the proportion (74%) of persons living with AIDS who are black.  The rate of persons living with HIV/AIDS per 100,000 is almost six times higher for black males than for white males. To compound matters, more than 4,583 women are estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS. More than eight out of 10 women with HIV in South Carolina are African American.  African-American women in our state also have a HIV/AIDS case rate 12 times greater than that of white women and comprised 24 percent of people who died from AIDS in the state during FY 2011.

The Year 2014 marks the 20th year that the South Carolina HIV AIDS Council (SCHAC) has served the community, state, and nation.  Dr. Bambi Gaddist, Executive Director of the organization was nominated in 2008 as a CNN-Hero (2008), featured on CNN’s: Black In America (2009), and in POZ Magazine’s Top 100 Leaders in HIV Prevention.  The dedication of the SCHAC staff, their commitment to advancing HIV prevention within faith-based organizations, and many contributions in HIV behavioral research have been recognized through awards for Excellence in Prevention and Innovative Strategies by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), National Council of Negro Women, Eastern Star, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, just to name a few.  SCHAC maintains a vital and active role in our state’s advocacy efforts and ensures that People Living with HIV/AIDS and families throughout the state of South Carolina, gain greater access to medications, treatment, and affordable healthcare.

On behalf of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council, they honor all citizens, local businesses, charitable non-profits and the people who lead them for their continued interest and investment to ensure South Carolina has a voice in the struggle and fight to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.  Although SCHAC faces new challenges each day fighting HIV stigma-they believe that they must continue to ensure that all citizens have on-going and equal access to quality health care.  This cannot be accomplished without your continued prayers and support!  They look forward to your participation in one or all of the exciting and up-coming events to celebrate 20 years of service to South Carolina!

Go for more information on SCHAC’s 20 Year Celebration events, tickets prices, and by all means–SAVE THE DATES!   If you missed the Interdenominational Prayer Breakfast in July don’t be left out!   Go to the Red Ribbon Walk for Life(Saturday, September 13, 2014)@River Front Park—Get your walking shoes–your Team—and join them for a morning of fun and fitness.  They need your help to support The Wright Wellness Clinic, their community mobile unit testing, and other interventions. Call (803) 254-6644 for more information about up-coming dates!

“The UCLA Anderson School of Management is delighted to partner with Johnson & Johnson to bring needed management training to community-based health care and health-related organizations in order to ensure the viability of our country’s community health care providers,” said Victor Tabbush, faculty director at UCLA Anderson for the Health Care Executive Program.

UCLA Anderson School of Management is recognized as one of America’s premier management schools. Its preeminent position is based on internationally acclaimed research, an innovative and distinguished faculty, excellent degree programs, and exceptionally bright, highly motivated students chosen from one of the largest and finest application pools in the nation.

The HCEP program is conducted under the auspice of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, a recognized leader in entrepreneurial education and research. The Price Center oversees all teaching, research, extracurricular and community activities related to entrepreneurship at UCLA Anderson, and maintains a strong commitment to serving the non-profit and small business communities through management development programs.

Johnson & Johnson is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products, as well as a provider of related services, for the consumer, pharmaceutical and medical devices and diagnostics markets. The more than 250 Johnson & Johnson operating companies employ approximately 117,000 men and women in 57 countries and sell products throughout the world.

For more information about the UCLA/ Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program, including future program dates and application information, visit

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One Response to Dr. Bambi W. Gaddist Completes Business Management Program at UCLA

  1. Jake Sello says:

    Congratulations to Dr. Gaddist.

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