Sacramento businessman Jim Anderson’s $5 million donation ushers in a new era for wellness

Groundbreaking Initiative Focuses on Preventive Care for All at UC Davis Health

Sacramento, CA – The UC Davis School of Medicine is making a unique commitment to patient and community wellness by opening the Office of Wellness Education. The new office opened July 1 and is part of a one-of-a-kind initiative funded by a $5 million gift from Sacramento businessman Jim Anderson.

“Thanks to the incredible generosity of Jim Anderson, we are embarking on a transformative journey to wellness at UC Davis School of Medicine,” said David Lubarsky, CEO of UC Davis Health and Vice Chancellor for Health. human health sciences. “The donation will allow us to be a game changer in this area and have a positive impact on society.”


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Jim Anderson is funding the initiative in honor of his late wife, Jacquelyn “Jackie” Anderson, who died of cancer in March 2021. Jackie Anderson was an artist and photographer with a passion for health and wellness, and whose l legacy continues to inspire others.

“Jackie had a way of making people feel better and everyone who met her left touched by her kindness. necessary. “

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Wellness Education Office

The Office of Wellness Education offers resources to the UC Davis Health community and Sacramento residents to help prevent disease and help people live longer, healthier lives. Additionally, the gift will establish the Jacquelyn S. Anderson Chair in Wellness.
“This is an unprecedented step for our healthcare system in delivering on its promise to our patients and our community to take charge of the full dimension of their health, before they get sick,” said Scott Fishman, professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine and director of the Center for Advancing Pain Relief. Fishman leads the office and is expected to be the first chair.

Well-being for all

The new office addresses wellness on both sides of healthcare, integrating a curriculum for medical students and faculty, and providing accessible resources for patients and the community. It will not be limited to physical health, as overall well-being includes emotional, societal, environmental and global concerns.

“We are responding to people’s urgent need for reliable, science-based, consensus-based information to make decisions about their health and lifestyle,” Fishman said.

Lubarsky added that advancements are happening “daily in exciting and revolutionary ways” at UC Davis Health, such as in artificial intelligence, that benefit long-term health, well-being and fulfillment.

“This increased focus on wellness research, education and awareness will strengthen our efforts to improve lives before health problems arise, increasing a person’s lifespan as well as their lifespan.” , did he declare.

A. Elise Bryant, manager of the office of the Dean of the School of Medicine, has been named program director of the office.

“We’re going to focus on things within the control of the average person,” Bryant said. “It’s about what you put in your body, what you put in your mind, what you do with your body, and what you do with your mind.”

Resources will include live and virtual programs, talks, podcasts and more. Community education will also integrate wellness experts, scientists and doctors with chefs, coaches and experts in physical performance and mindfulness.

“I consider UC Davis to be the best-prepared university in the country to lead in this area,” Fishman said. “In addition to our medical school, we have many prominent schools and colleges with a strong focus on welfare, such as our top-tier College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as well as top-level engineering, veterinary medicine We’re also located at the foot of Napa Valley in the nation’s farm-to-fork capital.

The vision for the initiative grew out of Fishman and Jackie Anderson’s shared interest in health and wellness.

“Jackie was an inspirational person, not just for art, but also for health,” he said. “It’s humbling to have the resources and be given the confidence to deliver something we’re passionate about and uniquely positioned to do.”

The legacy of an artist

Jackie Anderson inspired everyone she met with her art and photography, her passion for fitness and nutrition, and above all, her compassion and strength.

“I’ve never met another person who looked like him,” Jim Anderson said. “She came from a poor background and managed to rise up to create a beautiful life.”

Jim Anderson is owner and principal of WHAL, GP, LLC, the general partner of WHAL Properties, LP. He is also an active and longtime board member of Pacific Coast Building Products, Inc., founded by his father, Fred, in 1953.

He first became involved with UC Davis Health in 2003 as a liver transplant patient.

“UC Davis saved my life. I’m grateful and have a special place in my heart for them,” said Jim Anderson.

When he decided to give a gift in honor of his wife, he knew UC Davis was the place to do it: “I can’t think of a better place that brings together so many different forces,” did he declare.

Donation supports UC Davis’ $2 billion capital campaign, Expect more: from UC Davis, for the worldthe largest philanthropic endeavor in the history of the university.

Jim Anderson also creates The Jacquelyn Project, an art gallery set to open Spring 2023 in downtown Sacramento, featuring the works and photography of Jackie Anderson. Access to the gallery will be free for all in the hope of inspiring young artists and all who visit.

“I don’t want anything in return except for his name to live forever.”

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