Public Health, Spring 1998

Rollins gift builds endowment
Rosalynn Carter Chair of Mental Health
Hubert family supports a variety of initiatives

In December, Grace Crum Rollins continued her legacy of generous giving to the Rollins School of Public Health with an unrestricted gift. Dean James Curran, after consulting with the Rollins family, has used the gift to establish the O. Wayne and Grace Crum Rollins Endowment Fund.

According to Curran, the new fund accomplishes two important goals. It will provide funding to meet the school's most pressing needs. The gift also creates an opportunity for others to join in building the school's endowment and provides a vehicle by w hich they may make endowment gifts in any amount.

"The Rollins family continues to recognize and help the school meets its most important needs," says Curran.

The family's legacy to Emory began more than a decade ago when O. Wayne Rollins, called by many a "business genius," worked with the Candler School of Theology to strengthen its programs. He went on to serve on the university's Board of Trustees and to lend his support to a basic sciences research center, named in his honor. After Rollins' untimely death in 1991, his wife, Grace Crum Rollins, made it her mission to complete the projects her husband had begun, including support for a new home for the Sc hool of Public Health. To recognize the family's support, the school now bears their name, and the public health building is named for Grace Crum Rollins.

With her previous gifts, she literally gave the school a home. With this current gift, Rollins helps ensure a future for the school by building its endowment.

Rollins gift builds endowment

O. Wayne Rollins and Grace Crum Rollins

When Atlantan Beverly Long first met Rosalynn Carter, the Carters had just moved to the Governor's Mansion in Atlanta. Long, as president of Georgia's Mental Health Association, remembers Carter as "intensely interested" in the issues surrounding mental health. Since that time, Long has gone on to serve as president of the national Mental Health Association and the World Federation for Mental Health, and Carter has become, for many, the world's leading volunt eer for mental health causes.

Long is the first person to pledge support for a newly proposed endowed chair at the Rollins School of Public Health and The Carter Center, which will honor Carter's longtime mental health advocacy. The Rosalynn Carter Chair of Mental Health is the fir st endowed chair in mental health at a public health school. The chair holder will also serve as a Carter Center Fellow in Mental Health.

"We are very excited about this first joint appointment between the Rollins School of Public Health and The Carter Center," says Dean James Curran. "The chair will strengthen our alliance by girding the school's teaching and research efforts in mental health as well as lending weight to outreach activities such as symposia and conferences at The Carter Center that focus on mental health."

For more information about the Rosalynn Carter Chair of Mental Health, contact Kathryn H. Graves, Director of Development and External Relations at 404-727-3352.

Rosalynn Carter Chair of Mental Health

One of Marietta's most successful real estate companies was built by O.C. Hubert, whose will established the O.C. Hubert Charitable Trust. Through several recent gifts to the Rollins School of Public Health, the trust is supporting a variety of initiatives. These gifts are enabling the school to explore connections between religion and health, to support students who wish to pursue international research, and to develop a communications and training plan to e liminate micronutrient malnutrition in countries of the former Soviet Union.

One gift establishes the Ruth and O.C. Hubert Chair in Religion and Health and will provide funds to recruit a nationally recognized faculty member dedicated to improving public health, providing leadership in understanding the interrelationships betwe en the two disciplines, and developing improved collaborations.

The mission of the chair will be to apply science to the definition of the relationships and the impact of religion and religious beliefs on the health of individuals and communities. The person who will fill this chair also will seek to define ways th at religious communities can favorably influence the health of congregations, communities, and nations.

This leader will assist the public health community as it engages the religious community to promote health and prevent disease. And finally, the chair holder will assist in the development of integrated religion and health curricula for schools of pub lic health and theology.

A second initiative, the Hubert Fellowships in International Health, will allow master of public health students to travel and pursue research in international settings. One objective of the fellowships is to expose young people to problems afflicting the world, especially those affecting nutrition, health, and the quality of life. They will encourage an involvement in interventions that give hope to modifying those problems, and they will provide students with exposure to mentors who may influence the ir vocational choices.

The Hubert Trust also is supporting communications and training programs being developed by the school's Program Against Micronutrient Malnutrition (PAMM) for countries in the former Soviet Union. In the Republic of Georgia, for instance, the World Hea lth Organization has classified iodine deficiency disorder as a severe problem, and the Republic's Ministry of Health has made it a priority.

PAMM consultants will assist the Georgian government in developing a national communications plan to address this problem as well as conducting the communication component of a regional, capacity building workshop in Tbilisi.

Through the chair, the fellowships, and the PAMM project, the school and the Hubert Trust are extending their impact on public health from Atlanta to the world.

Hubert family supports a variety of initiatives

Dean James Curran thanked Ruth Hubert and her son, Dick Hubert, for the establishment of the Ruth and O.C. Hubert Chair in Religion and Health at the school at a recent luncheon celebrating the family's gift.

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