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"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman."—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

HERE Center Weekly
January 19, 2021
Edition 7
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. 
Join the African American Infant and Maternal Mortality Community Action Team - Santa Clarita and San Fernando (AAIMM CAT SPA 2)

Join the movement to support local efforts as we work together to end Black infant and maternal deaths in Los Angeles County.

For more information, email cesanchez@ph.lacounty.gov or click here.
Strategy and Soul Film and Book Club presents: A Night in Conversation with Eric Mann

The Strategy Center is excited to announce their first event of the year, a Night in Conversation with Eric on his recent article: Dr. Martin Luther King’s challenge to the Movement as the Fascists Storm the Capital. It’s been a politically charged year already, and our main objective is to do our best part to host movement conversations and move us all to action.

In preparation for this webinar, please take time to read the full article on Counterpunch: Dr. Martin Luther King’s challenge to the Movement As the Fascists Storm the Capital

As the white fascists loot the U.S. Capitol, threaten to overthrow the electoral process and attempt a coup, Eric asks the very important question: where is the movement?

Eric Mann will be featured in a plenary talk followed by responses to the talk and article from Barbara Lott-Holland, Channing Martinez, Akunna Uka, Brigette Amaya, Carmen Anders, & Emily Zamora.

Please register today, this webinar will also be live streamed, information on that will be sent out on Thursday by 4pm.

Registration link here.
Futures of Social Housing

Mark your calendars for January 29th, 10am-11:40am PST to join UCLA’s International Institute "Black Lives Matter: Global Perspectives" webinar series featuring Didier Fassin (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University).

During the 15 months between the death of Zyed Benna and Bouna Traore and subsequent unrest in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois in 2005, and the deaths of the adolescents Moushin and Laramy and subsequent uprising in another Paris suburb, Villiers-le-Bel, in 2007, Dider Fassin conducted research on police work in poor neighborhoods on the outskirts of Paris. His research focused on the everyday life of the dreaded anti-crime squads, ordinary racial discrimination and the banality of violence. Fassin’s lecture will examine their echoes in the public sphere as events involving police abuses continue to unfold.


To find out more and to sign up, check the link here!
The Village Virtual Mental Health Support Group for Black/African American Moms

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, in collaboration with Antelope Valley AAIMM CAT will begin The Village Virtual Mental Health Support Group for Black/African American Moms. They are welcoming San Fernando and Santa Clarita residents to join their virtual events on Wednesdays at 11am. Please contact Denise Theus (CTheus@dmh.lacounty.gov or 213- 247 - 6678) if you are interested in attending. Topics for the support group will include building healthy relationships, addressing trauma, depression, anxiety, and stress, empowering Black/African American women, etc.
Job Opportunities
The Labor/Community Strategy Center: Organizer with experience working in urban Black communities
 
The Strategy Center is a multi-racial internationalist movement-building organization based on a Black/Latino alliance with the Nations and People of the Third World. While our work is national and international we begin with a focus on the Black and Latino communities in South Central Los Angeles and carrying out a Civil Rights/Climate Justice Strategy. This is a unique opportunity since LCSC fills most positions from our membership and we are excited to attract new people to help strengthen our team. To find out more about the Strategy Center, click here

Duties include:
  • Focusing on Door-to-door organizing in Black and Latino South Los Angeles communities and work with high school and community college students
  • Carrying out community conversations and research on the state of Black and South Central Los Angeles
  • Going on the trains and buses to investigate MTA and LA Sheriff’s police practices and distribute incident forms to document incidents of police abuses
  • Assisting in Social media organizing through our expanded and redesigned Strategy Center website as well as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms
  • Writing and designing flyers, posters, banners and other materials in the organizing process
  • Working on our Movement Art Campaign
  • Working on our Strategy and Soul Revolutionary Organizers Film and Book Club
This position can involve at least one year and has the chance to be a longer-term position. Black and Latinx women and men strongly encouraged to apply.
 
Please send resume and letter of inquiry to Channing Martinez, Director of Organizing, Channing@thestrategycenter.org. Salary and benefits to be discussed with potential applicants where there is mutual interest in employment. We pay our people fairly, have strong health care and health benefits, and pay people at levels that can allow them to do their job with peace of mind.

See full job posting here.
Staff Needed for Los Angeles County's New Public Health Councils Program

Interested in helping support efforts to reduce COVID-19 among workers in sectors experiencing significant outbreaks and complaints?  Los Angeles County Public Health’s innovative new Public Health Councils program aims to increase compliance with County Health Officer Orders by providing technical assistance to workers in key sectors. If interested in the supporting these efforts, apply through Partners in Diversity at the links below.
Health Program Analyst II (HPAII)

HPAIIs will serve as a liaison to and provide programmatic support for contracted agencies to ensure effective program implementation; contracted agencies include training organizations and certified worker organizations conducting outreach, engagement and technical assistance to workers.  The HPA II will report directly to the Project Manager for direction. Desirable qualifications include experience with community organizing, expertise with Excel, and knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  See job posting at: Health Program Analyst II, Los Angeles, CA, Professional - Partners In Diversity, Inc. Portal (aviontego.com)  Telework options available.
Administrative Assistant II (AAII)

The AAII will help collect, enter, manage, and analyze County PHC Program data; assist with processing of invoices and scopes of work; and provide support with reporting, correspondence, and scheduling. The AAII will report directly to the Project Manager for professional oversight and direction.  Desirable qualifications include proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.  See job posting at: Administrative Assistant II, Los Angeles, CA, Clerical - Partners In Diversity, Inc. Portal (aviontego.com)  Telework options available.
CSUN to be COVID-19 Vaccine Site

Starting today, January 19, Los Angeles County will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to eligible Los Angeles County residents using CSUN’s B1 and B2 parking lots.

The CSUN site is one of five recently announced large-scale vaccine points of distribution that will be operated by LA County, helping the San Fernando Valley community access the COVID-19 vaccine quickly. Please visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 website to learn about vaccine distribution in Los Angeles County. Appointments for vaccination can only be made with Los Angeles County via the information here. As this is a county vaccination program, CSUN is not able to provide or facilitate appointments for immunization.

Note: the vaccine will only be available for groups in Phase 1A of the distribution and those aged 65 and up.
 
For more information, read here.

CSUN's Annual Research Symposium

When: April 9

Abstract Deadline: Feb. 2

The 2021 CSUNposium will be a virtual conference. All oral and poster sessions will be hosted in session-specific Zoom rooms. All first-year students (i.e., began BP in 2020) are required to participate.

For more information, click here.
BUILD PODER 2021-2022 Applications


BUILD PODER's 2021-2022 application is now live. Click the link here to find out more information and to apply.

Spring 2021 Internship Classes

We’re happy to announce our upcoming Spring 2021 internship courses! We have three engaging courses to choose from. 

Taught by Dr. Lisa Chaudhari, the Health and Sustainability in Action course offers students a chance to learn practical applications of health psychology, health disparities, and sustainability knowledge and practices in the context of an existing community situation. They will also work in partnership with community organizations to develop joint solutions. Possible projects focus on air pollution, natural gas as a health hazard, environmental health hazards in the San Fernando Valley, and more.

For more details and information, please email Dr. Lisa Chaudhari (lisa.chaudhari@csun.edu).

Taught by Dr. Jose Vargas, students will develop important quantitative and qualitative research skills while simultaneously working on creating real-world social scientific knowledge. They will also integrate theory, prior research and matters concerning social justice by working on one of two active projects to choose from. This course is ideal for any student interested in learning about, and pursuing, social justice careers in psychology and the social science.

For more information and details, email Dr. Jose H. Vargas (jose.h.vargas@csun.edu).

Taught by Eric Mann, the director of the Los Angeles Labor/Community Strategy Center. The course examines questions of internalized oppression and the construction of the successful organizer. It will offer encouragement to commit to social change and view participation in organizations as the only road for personal fulfillment and self-actualization.

For more information and details, email Dr. Carrie Saetermoe (carrie.saetermoe@csun.edu).
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 Incident Update

The following report is a high level summary of the L.A. County Emergency Operation Center's COVID-19 disaster response. 

This incident update includes the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 among Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department employees.

Please share this information with your family, fellow residents, municipal, state & community partners.

Read the Incident Update here.

Contact Tracing Resources

If you our someone you know has been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19, the LA County of Public Health is urging you to speak to contact tracers. Contact tracing is critical in the effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Your information is completely confidential, and will never be shared with any law enforcement agency. You can learn more by visiting the Contact Tracing website, and reach out by calling (833) 540-0473. Your experience is going to help the Valley get through this, so don't wait! Get the information you need to get started today.

New COVID-19 Strain Confirmed In LA County; Cases Top 1 Million
 
More than a million people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, public health officials said Saturday, the same day they announced the first confirmed local case from a new variant that was first discovered in the United Kingdom.

The new strain — B.1.1.7 — has an "unusually large number of mutations," according to the county's public health department. It is more contagious than the strain that first emerged in California last January, though there's still no evidence that the illness it causes is any more severe.

Read more here.
Equity-Focused Policy Research: Building Cross-Cutting Evidence on Supports for Families with Young Children

Deadline: February 16, 2021, 3pm E.T.

The Equity-Focused Policy Research (EFPR) grant program seeks to fund a body of research that illuminates strategies and policies that enhance families’ equitable access to key resources for supporting their children’s healthy development. EFPR grants are guided by a research agenda that focuses on: (1) understanding the sources of inequities in families’ access to and use of key resources; (2) identifying and testing innovations to advance equity; and (3) strategies for scaling up policies and approaches that are effective in advancing equity. The agenda addresses three policy areas as providing critical resources for families: (1) access to early care and education (ECE); (2) income supports (such as the Earned Income Tax Credit [EITC] and cash transfer programs) and income generation/replacement; and (3) nutrition supports (such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP]).

To find out more information and to apply, click here.

Grant Opportunity for California CBOs to Address Underlying Inequities in the Social Determinants of Health that Lead to Inequitable COVID-19 Impacts:

Deadline: March 2, 2021, 5pm.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Office of Health Equity (OHE) will be administering $5M from the Centers for Disease and Control Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Grant (totaling $499M) to ~16-30 community based organizations led by and serving communities facing inequities in COVID-19 impacts and infection. This funding is intended to advance the State’s work to close racial, ethnic, and other disparities related to COVID-19 and associated chronic conditions. Community-Based Organizations will use the funding for pilot projects to reduce underlying inequities in the social determinants of health that have contributed to disproportionate harm from the Coronavirus among certain communities. The COVID-19 Health Equity Pilot Projects RFA is now live on the Office of Health Equity (OHE) RFA Webpage and the Grant Portal Webpage. The Information Webinar will be taking place on January 20, 2021 from 1-3 PM. 

Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

Evidence for Action (E4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), funds research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health. A Culture of Health is broadly defined as one in which good health and well-being flourish across geographic, demographic, and social sectors; public and private decision-making is guided by the goal of fostering equitable communities; and everyone has the opportunity to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles. RWJF’s Culture of Health Action Framework, which was developed to catalyze a national movement toward improved health, well-being, and equity, guides E4A’s program strategy.

To find out more information and to apply, click here.

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. We are interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. Additionally, we welcome ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and our progress toward a Culture of Health.

To find out more information and to apply, click here.

COVID-19 Resources

Mental Health Resources (Updated)

Food Resources

Grants and Funding Resources (Updated!)

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