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HERE Center Weekly
July 6, 2021
Edition 31
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
Petition - Diversify CSUN Professors
Colored Minds, inc. is holding a petition to diversify the CSUN faculty. According to them, the university is responsible for developing the minds of racial-ethnic minorities that will become leaders in communities and cities. Without a complete opportunity to learn about the chosen fields from someone with a lived experience of what it means to be a racial-ethnic minority in the United States, there is an extreme disservice being done to racial-ethnic minority students, as well as racial majority students.

This is especially true considering that representation influences how racial-ethnic minorities see themselves and how they are viewed by society. CSUN students will only have a fully informed and well-rounded education if we have more diverse perspectives available to learn from. We demand more of these crucial voices to be added to our tenure and tenure-track faculty.

Sign the petition here.

Student Opportunities
Badge Project Summer Webinars 
Mark your calendars this summer for the Badge Project’s Summer Webinars! Familiarize yourself with campus resources, research involvement, and graduate programs.

Date: Every Tuesday 5:00PM-6:00PM beginning June 22nd via Zoom

You will receive an email reminder with the zoom link for the webinars you wish to attend. Click here to RSVP.
Hiring Peer Mentors - Badge Project
The Badge Project is looking for Peer Mentors!

Badge Project Peer Mentors play an essential role in supporting STEM transfer students to make the most of their education at CSUN. Peer mentors will participate in 64 hours of training from August 16-27 and then, over 15 weeks each Fall and Spring semester, work 10 hours per week toward: (1) running a weekly workshop, (2) serving as a 1:1 peer mentor for incoming transfer students, and (3) co-facilitating Badge Project activities such as the “Getting into Research” forum, movie and game nights, and the Transfer Recognition Ceremony.

Deadline to apply: 11:59 pm, Sunday, July 11, 2021

To learn more, visit the link here.
Faculty/Staff Opportunities
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Community Announcements
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
Adult Mental Health First Aid

The National Council for Behavioral Health and the National Alliance on Mental Health - San Fernando Valley (NAMI) are hosting a FREE virtual Adult Mental health First Aid course on Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 10am-4pm!

To register, please contact Yasmin Irfani: with your full name, email, and phone number. More details on the flyer attached here.
L.A. Care's Free Back to School Event

You are invited to L.A. Care and Blue Shield Promise’s FREE Back to School Event! You’ll be able to receive a free backpack and school supplies for your kids to prepare for the new school year. The event is a contactless walk-up and/or drive-thru event following L.A. County safety guidelines. 

Date and Time: Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 9am-12pm
Location: Mary Immaculate School | 10390 Remick Ave., Pacoima, CA 91331

English flyer

Spanish flyer
2021 Gender Equity Summit

Join The National Postdoctoral Organization for the 2021 NPA Gender Equity Summit on July 12 & 13. The summit will explore issues across the full spectrum of gender, delving into obstacles surrounding gender equality in the postdoctoral community. Register now via the link here.
LA County Local Cooling Centers

With the extreme heat these past few weeks, LA County has provided an interactive map for you to find and access your local cooling center. Cooling centers are free, indoor air-conditioned locations where you can keep cool when there are extreme heat weather conditions. Check the map linked here for operational Cooling Centers nearest you or call 211 for LA County or 311 for LA City.
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
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Campus Announcements
Student Opportunities
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.
Food Insecurity, Neighborhood Food Environment, and Nutritional Health Disparities: State of the Science
Calling all investigators, post-docs & doctoral students: Want to get recognized for your Nutrition Research? Submit a poster abstract by July 9 for an NIH event on nutrition HealthDisparities on Sept. 21-23.

Learn more via the link here.
Faculty/Staff Opportunities
African-American/Black Scientist NIH Grant Reviewer Barriers - Participants Needed
Purpose: The purpose of this research study examine barriers that may prevent African-American or Black researchers from serving on NIH study sections.

At this website, there is more information about the study, including participant compensation, and link to a screening questionnaire. If you have any questions about this study, please feel free to email Eric Soule at Thank you for your consideration.
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

Infectious delta variant is now California’s dominant coronavirus strain

The infectious Delta variant has become California’s most identified strain of the coronavirus, a troubling development that underscores the strain’s danger to unvaccinated populations.

New data released by the California Department of Public Health now say that 35.6% of coronavirus variants so far analyzed in June have been identified as the Delta variant, which was first identified in India. That’s a dramatic relative increase from May when the Delta variant comprised just 5.6% of analyzed coronavirus cases in California, and Delta was the state’s fourth most identified variant.

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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