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HERE Center Weekly
August 3, 2021
Edition 34
The HERE Center is a university-chartered center at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) dedicated to community-partnered participatory research. Located in CSUN’s first research building, Lilac Hall, the center was chartered in 2019 with the goal of institutionalizing and accelerating the university’s health disparities research through dedicated campus resources, community affiliations, and joint activities with research partners. We seek and initiate cooperative research projects targeting local health issues. 
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Center Announcements
HERE Center - Internships Open!
Are you interested in opportunities to help improve health equity in the SFV, to gain relevant research experience, and to learn ethical practices when working on community-academic partnered projects? Apply now to be an intern at the HERE Center!

The HERE Center internship application is open until September 5, 2021. Please note that we review and accept applications on a rolling basis.

Internship Compensation: This is a non-paid internship position. Academic credit is available upon request.

Before you apply, please check out the list of potential intern assignments linked here. If you have any questions about the position, please contact Dr. Carrie Saetermoe at You can fill out the online application also linked here.

Student Opportunities
BUILD PODER - Tutors Needed!
JOB OPPORTUNITY: BUILD PODER is currently looking to hire tutors for the Fall semester! Please email Alina at if you are interested! 
Faculty/Staff Opportunities
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Community Announcements
Mark your calendars for August 4th, 2021, from 10am-12pm for the San Fernando & Santa Clarita Valleys African American Infant and Maternal Mortality Prevention Community Action Team meeting! Join the movement as we work united to end Black infants and maternal deaths in Los Angeles County.

RSVP link here.

Flyer here.
LA County COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall on Schools
Join the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook (@lapublichealth) for a virtual town hall tomorrow, on August 4th at 6pm to talk about the rise in #COVID19 cases, the Delta variant, and school reopenings. Submit a question via the link here.
UCLA Health’s study on Black Americans who use cannabis for chronic pain

UCLA Health is doing a research study, conducted by Dr. Dilara Uskup and Dr. Steven Shoptaw at the UCLA Department of Family Medicine, that aims to analyze the experiences of Black Americans who use cannabis for chronic pain treatment.

Participants will be asked to fill out an online survey, play an online game involving balloons, and may be asked to be interviewed over Zoom. Participants will receive a $25 Amazon gift card for one hour of participation and a $50 Amazon gift card for two hours of participation.

See attached flyer here for details. Contact to participate.
Assessing Physical Activity Among Latinas

You are invited to participate in Assessing Physical Activity Among Latinas, a study that aims to find better ways to measure physical activity for Latinas whose daily routine includes many types of housework and childcare activities.

Please check the flyer for more information on participant eligibility. If you are interested in participating, please contact or 

Flyer here.
Community Resources
CDC Document on the Delta Variant
An internal slide presentation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dated last Thursday gives new details on how severe delta variant infections are, especially for those who are unvaccinated. 

One chart shows that it could be as contagious as chickenpox, which is one of the more transmissible viruses out there. It spreads more easily than the common cold, the 1918 flu and smallpox.

Access the presentation here.
CDC and OMH Partner to Launch the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index
In July, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index (SVI). This tool can be leveraged to support the identification of racial and ethnic minority communities at greatest risk for disproportionate impact and adverse outcomes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During times like these, it's understandable to feel stressed and anxious. If you need support, connect securely with a peer who can help. CalHOPE Connect offers guidance and strategies for self-empowerment and emotional support. Visit the link here for live chat and resources.
Irth App Launch

The Irth app, created by Kimberly Seals Allers, has launched! 

Irth (as in Birth, but with the B dropped for bias) helps Black and brown women and birthing people have a more safe and empowered pregnancy and parenting experience by allowing you to see how other parents of color, just like you, experienced care at a doctor or hospital. 

Visit the link here to learn more!
Weight Management Made Easy

"Weight Management Made Easy" is a FREE 5-week workshop weight management program created through CSUN’s Marilyn Magaram Center Wellness Clinic. This series is open to the general population and focuses on nutrition education for healthy weight maintenance. Each workshop includes a live food demonstration.⁣

Time and Location:
Wednesdays, 12pm-1pm via Zoom (virtual)⁣

July 7th – Meal Planning Made Easy⁣
July 21st – Forming Healthy Habits Made Easy⁣
August 4th – Exercise Nutrition Made Easy⁣
August 18th – Food Trends Made Easy⁣

Sign up for one or all workshops using the link provided here.
Free Legal Support (CHIRLA)

If you or any of your loved ones are in need of legal support, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) is offering legal support for FREE! For immigration services call (213) 201-3797, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-10AM and Saturdays 8-11AM. DACA consultation request links are regularly posted on their Instagram and Facebook pages.
COVID-19 Health Literacy Project

The COVID-19 Health Literacy Project has created and translated accessible COVID-19 information into different languages to help all patients know when, and how, to seek care. Their materials are created in collaboration with Harvard Health Publishing.

You can access the fact sheets here

Facebook page here.
COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments
Eligible constituents can register for vaccination appointments online. Visit the LA County Department of Public Health website to book an appointment. Individuals age 16 and older are eligible for the vaccine starting April 15th. Teens aged 12-15 are also eligible for the vaccine.
Support Groups
Job Opportunities
 LAPL - Now Hiring Student Zone Helpers

Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) is hiring for part-time positions: Student Zone Helpers, at various locations. More information is included on the attached flyer, and interested persons can apply online via the link here. More details on the flyer are attached here.
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Campus Announcements
Student Opportunities
CSUN Undocu-Orientation

The DREAM Center of the University Student Union (USU) at CSUN invites all incoming freshmen, transfer and graduate students to come learn about the resources available to undocumented and mixed-status Matadors during Undocu-Orientation. Here is a breakdown of each day: 

Monday, Aug. 9
Introduction to CSUN, the University Student Union, DREAM Center and the useful resources available to you. 

Tuesday, Aug. 10
Student panel discussion, breakout rooms and exciting activities!

Wednesday, Aug. 11
Campus tours!
(Time slots vary)

More information here.
Summer Nutrition Workshops

Join CSUN CalFresh Healthy Living for their upcoming Summer Nutrition Workshops! They’ll be held every Thursday at 12pm!

To register, visit the Oasis Wellness Center linked here and find the workshop titled, “Nutrition and Healthy Living.”

Flyer here.
Graduate Student Mentorship Initiative (GSMI)

Cientifico Latino Graduate School Mentorship Program provides one-on-one guided mentorship for all STEM doctoral program applicants. They have a team of STEM professionals who have volunteered across several STEM disciplines who will review graduate school applications and do mock interviews for those who are applying to graduate school this Fall 2021.

Application link here.
Faculty/Staff Opportunities
Don't miss out on this opportunity!
CSU Systemwide Grant Writing Peer Group Pilot Program
The CSU community is invited to join the CSU Systemwide Grant Writing Peer Group Pilot Program. Please read the description of the program (below and attached) and register if you meet all of the following criteria:
  • Ready to write a grant proposal (or revise a declined proposal) for a specific funder and plan to (re)submit in between June 2021- February 2022
  • Willing to receive constructive feedback on grant writing from CSU system peers and mentors
  • Willing to review grant proposals and give constructive feedback to CSU system peers
  • Willing to commit one hour per week for at least a three-month period
Scheduling options:
  • February – May 2021 (recommended for grant deadlines in Summer 2021)
  • May – August 2021 (recommended for grant deadlines in Fall 2021)
  • August – November 2021 (recommended for grant deadlines in Winter 2021/2022)
  • February – August 2021 (group members may change in May)
  • May – November 2021 (group members may change in August)
  • February – November 2021 (group members may change in May and August) 
Group Meetings:  

Diverse groups benefit from a wider range of experiences, insights, perspectives, methodological approaches, literature knowledge, and theoretical applications. Homogeneous groups may provide a higher level of comfort and a shared language.

More information and registration link here.
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COVID-19 Announcements
To better track COVID-19's impact on a local level, CSUN geography professor and HERE Center cartographer Steven Graves created interactive maps that track the virus' progress county by county on the national level. To view these maps, click in the link above.

COVID-19: Statewide Vulnerability and Recovery Index

The Index uses ZIP Code-level data to identify California communities most in need of immediate and long-term pandemic and economic relief. Policymakers and community stakeholders should use it to determine where to target interventions.

Specifically, the Index is comprised of three components — Risk, Severity, and Recovery Need with the last scoring the ability to recover from the health, economic, and social costs of the pandemic. Communities with higher Index scores face a higher risk of COVID-19 infection and death and a longer uphill economic recovery. Conversely, those with lower scores are less vulnerable.

You can access the index w/ the interactive map here.

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On the News

LA’s Transportation System Is ‘Failing Women’

For women and girls trying to get around in Los Angeles, there’s no question significant challenges remain. A just-released city study analyzing gender equity in transportation reaffirms what many already experience: navigating Los Angeles is often more complex, dangerous and inaccessible for women.

Read more here.

Grants and Funding Opportunities
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COVID-19 Resources 

Health Equity and Research Resources 

Mental Health Resources 

Food Resources

Grants and Funding Resources 

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