The John Gogian Family Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to Western
University of Health Sciences’ (WesternU) Center for Disability Issues and
the Health Professions (CDIHP).
To honor the donation, WesternU has dedicated the office of CDIHP Founding
Director Brenda Premo after the Foundation.
The Torrance-based John Gogian Family Foundation was founded in 1982 by
businessman John Gogian and now sponsors a major scholarship program for
graduates of the Compton Unified School District. In addition, the
Foundation also has established the David Gogian Center for New Viral
Infections at the University of Southern California School of Medicine,
named for John Gogian’s brother. The Foundation’s main areas of support
include the physically and mentally disabled, the prevention of and
treatment for child abuse, and care of the elderly.
Foundation Director H. Raymond Savoian, whose son, Todd, is a second-year
medical student at WesternU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the
Pacific, said he learned of the Center’s work when he read an article in
the University’s quarterly magazine, WesternU View.
“”The Center’s mission is unique and its work will prove extremely valuable
for a huge number of people,”” said Savoian, who also is a member of
WesternU’s Parents’ Support Group.
WesternU established the CDIHP in response to the concerns of the disabled
community, which is emerging as one of the nation’s fastest growing and
least understood minority groups.
It is estimated that close to 20 percent of the U.S. population – almost
50 million people – lives with some form of permanent or long-term
The Center’s mission is to enhance health professions education and to
improve access for people with disabilities to health education and health
care services. Under the direction of nationally renowned disabled rights
activist Premo, the CDIHP will emphasize both immediate reforms in
educational curriculum as well as long-term research on policies and
“”With this contribution, the Foundation will help ensure that health
professionals learn how best to provide care for people with disabilities
based on all of his or her potential and goals, not just the disability,””
Among the projects and goals the CDIHP will use the John Gogian Family
Foundation’s grant for is the creation of an interactive Internet site to
educate health professionals about prevention, health maintenance and
health care services for persons with disabilities.