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Class of 2020 UCLA FSPH graduate Eduardo Delgadillo has been recognized with the Outstanding Service Award by the UCLA Graduate Student Association (GSA), which represents more than 10,000 masters- and doctoral-level students at the university.
Class of 2020 graduate Eduardo Delgadillo has been recognized for service to his peers by his efforts to help UCLA students suffering from financial problems because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Delgadillo, who graduated this month from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (FSPH), received the 2020 Outstanding Service Award from the UCLA Graduate Student Association (GSA), which represents more than 10,000 masters- and doctoral-level students at the university.
“These were students who became the breadwinners of their families, were the caretakers for their families, maybe had lost a job and were full-time students,” said Delgadillo, who graduated with a master of public health (MPH) degree, with an emphasis in health policy and management, along with 252 classmates from FSPH. He also delivered the student address at the commencement. “I heard heartbreaking stories, even where a family member had died.”
Since January, Delgadillo has worked to establish a hardship fund more to help UCLA graduate students in the aftermath of the pandemic. This began with a $10,000 fund for grants and has since grown to more than $80,000, and the team has reviewed and processed more than 200 grant applications.
This took place at the same time he was finishing his courses at FSPH; he is one of 226 class of 2020 graduates who have earned a master’s degree; the other 26 graduates are doctoral students. He has worked as a teaching assistant at UCLA and as an administrative resident with Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. Delgadillo also served as co-president of the Fielding School of Public Health Student Association. Delgadillo, who considers Union City in Alameda County his hometown, is a 2016 graduate of the University of California, Davis (BA, History).
“Eddie is the kind of guy whom everyone comes to rely on without anyone's quite noticing it along the way. He has an impressively deep dedication to the mission of public health,” said Frederick Zimmerman, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management.
“For the course on Determinants of Health, students were asked to outline a communication piece that would convey something about how health happens to a new audience. Since this is a big task, they were not expected to actually complete the communication piece, but just to plan it out," Zimmerman said. "Eddie produced a full-fledged website, in Spanish, about colorectal cancer and the importance of screening. He included vibrant color images in a compelling design, informative videos and effective calls to action. Eddie Delgadillo will certainly make the Fielding School proud!”