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"I loved clinical practice, but in public health, you can impact more than one person at a time. The whole society is your patient."Tom Frieden

HERE Center Weekly
April 6, 2021
Edition 18
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
CSUN HERE Center Interest Survey
 
Thank you for your interest in the HERE Center! We are dedicated to improving health equity for individuals in the San Fernando Valley (SFV) and surrounding communities through education, community-academic partnerships, and health disparities research. To achieve this mission, we need all types of partners: students, faculty, community-based organizations, and small businesses. Please fill out this interest form and we will work on identifying ways the Center can support you. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please email herecenter@csun.edu. 

Fill in the survey here.
 
Petition - Diversify CSUN Professors
 
Colored Minds, inc. is holding a Change.org 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
BUILD PODER Spring 2021 Webinar Series
 
BUILD PODER’s Webinar Series is back for Spring 2021! This semester’s theme is “Meaningful Change Starts Locally: Increasing Rigor and Reducing Community Health Disparities.”

The next upcoming webinar will be on April 16th, Friday, from 12:00pm-1:30pm. It will be led by Dr. Caroline Zeiss, a professor from Yale School of Medicine.

Link to RSVP here.

Flyer here.
Faculty/Staff Opportunities
Ethics in Community-Partnered Research Training 
 
The Ethics Training, a collaborative program with with Visión y Compromiso and other HERE Center and BUILD PODER researchers, provides participants with a model for considering each aspect of their research for research ethics. This is open to faculty and graduate students. However, please note that graduate students must have their advisor attend the training with them.

The training will require participation in three mandatory workshops. Please consider signing up for one of the trainings below:

Cohort 3
Dates: Wednesdays, May 26, June 2, and June 9
Time: 3:30 to 6:30PM

Sign-up here
Flyer here.

For more information, email nelida.duran@csun.edu
 
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Community Announcements
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.
Community Resources
The Invisible Dangers of Natural Gas - Community Panel
 
Natural gas—It’s invisible, everywhere, and most importantly, natural. But is it completely safe to humans?

The Health Equity Research and Education Center and the Institute for Sustainability at Cal State Northridge invite you to join The Invisible Dangers of Natural Gas, a free-to-join community panel on how natural gas is a hazard to both human and environmental health, featuring key stakeholders from two environmental disasters: Aliso Canyon and Sun Valley. Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 8 at 4PM!

Link to the webinar 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.

Eligible groups:
  • Healthcare and emergency workers
  • Those 65+ and up
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • Education and childcare workers
  • More information on eligibility here.
COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine at the Temple of Deliverance Ministries international 
 
FREE COVID-19 testing and vaccines are available at the Temple of Deliverance Ministries Int’l. Contact 661 – 273 – 0337 if you have any questions. 

Link to COVID-19 Testing Registration.
Link to COVID-19 Vaccine Registration.
Antelope Valley Produce Giveaway
 
The LA County Department of Public Health’s CalFresh Healthy Living Program, local DPH Wellness Communities, and Department of Health Services have established NO-COST healthy fresh produce distribution events at the Antelope Valley county clinics. Local food deliveries will be provided by the LA Regional Food Bank.

The first event will take place in the following parking lots:

AV High Desert Regional Health Center located at 335 East Ave. I, Lancaster, CA 93535 every 1st Thursday of the month, starting 04/01/21, 1-3p

AV Wellness Community located at 335 East Ave. K-6, Suite B, Lancaster, CA 93535 every 4th Tuesday of the month, starting TUESDAY, 04/27/21, 10a-12p
MHSA Three-Year Plan for FY 21/22 to FY 23/24 Available for Public Review
 
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) is opening a Public Review and Comment Period for the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Three-Year Plan for Fiscal Years 2021/2022 to 2023/2024. The plan is posted on the LACDMH website linked here. For context, the plan details the following components: community mental health services, prevention and early intervention, workforce and education training, innovation, and capital facilities.

The public is invited to review this plan and provide feedback through April 18, 2021, by filling out the online survey also linked here.
Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Maternal Health Care
 
This free, 2-hour e-learning program is designed for providers and students seeking knowledge and skills related to cultural competency, cultural humility, person-centered care, and combating implicit bias across the continuum of maternal health care.

This program is accredited for 2 hours for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, certified nurse midwives, and certified midwives. Other professionals, as well as students, may earn a Statement of Participation.

More information here.
Maravilla Foundation Resources
 
The Maravilla Foundation provides No-Cost Weatherization and Utilities Assistance to income-eligible individuals and families. Contact information to apply for Maravilla's services is listed on the flyers, and Ms. Amoroto may also be reached at: pamoroto@maravilla.org. 

Flyer 1 (No-Cost Energy Services) Flyer 2 (Utilities Assistance)
Support Groups
We Exist - LGBTQ+ Teen and Allyship Support Groups
 
We Exist is happy to share some upcoming opportunities to engage in support groups and workshops!

Their LGBTQ+ Teen and Allyship support groups will be starting up on Wednesday April 7th  at 4 pm and 5 pm respectively. All of our events are free and virtual. Support group attendees will even receive a gift card for attending. Please see the flyer attached and information below for more details.

Events flyer.
Safe & Sacred Pregnancy: Black Mamas Glowing Through COVID-19

Maternal Mental Health Now is excited to expand the Safe & Sacred Pregnancy: Black Mamas Glowing Through COVID-19 support group for black pregnant and birthing people to include those residing outside of Los Angeles County. Support groups occur in a cohort format and meet 4 times over the course of a month. Cohorts are currently open for February through June, 2021.

Participants can register independently or with a support person. We highly encourage the presence of dads as the support person. Each series of Safe & Sacred Pregnancy consists of 4 meetings. All meeting times are 5:30pm-6:30pm on either a Tuesday or Thursday and will take place on Zoom. 

The next upcoming date is April 8, Thursday at 5:30pm-6:30pm. Registration 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. 
Job Opportunities
Fatherhood Consultant to support Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI)
 
LA County Public Health is seeking a Fatherhood Consultant to support Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI)  funded fatherhood programming. Fatherhood was an area of funding focus identified by the LA County African American Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Prevention Initiative Collaborative Partners across its Steering Committee and Antelope Valley and South LA/South Bay Community Action Teams (CATs).

The Fatherhood Consultant will coordinate virtual or in-person technical assistance to stakeholder agencies and organizations to become father-friendly, and develop and facilitate culturally congruent/specific father-centered, perinatal focused curriculum and programming. The Fatherhood Consultant will also be responsible for conducting a range of tasks related to the effective and efficient implementation of PEI fatherhood activities with the goal of addressing racial inequality in birth outcomes. 

 
See full job posting here.
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Campus Announcements
Student Opportunities
Virginia Tech PREP (Post-baccalaureate Research and Education Program) Scholar Application
 
Virginia Tech PREP (Post-baccalaureate Research and Education Program) is for students interested in pursuing a research career in behavioral/biomedical sciences and engineering.  VT-PREP supports students through individualized mentoring, foundation coursework, innovative research, and professional development essential to success in graduate school and competitive doctoral programs.

Applications due April 16, 2021. Click here to apply.
Library Individual Study and Computer Use Space for CSUN Students
 
Starting Monday, March 29, 2021, the CSUN University Library is pleased to provide limited individual study space and computer/printing access on the Library’s main floor to current CSUN students only while the Library otherwise remains closed.

Prior to entering the Library, students will need to reserve an individual study space or computer station using the LibCal reservation system. Alternatively, reservations can be requested by phone weekday hours at (818) 677-2274.
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 hbtrl@ecu.edu. 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

Amid Awakening, Asian-Americans Are Still Taking Shape as a Political Force

For years, Asian-Americans were among the least likely of any racial or ethnic group to vote or to join community or advocacy groups. Today they are surging into public life, running for office in record numbers, and turning out to vote unlike ever before. They are now the fastest-growing group in the American electorate.

But as a political force, Asian-Americans are still taking shape. With a relatively short history of voting, they differ from demographic groups whose families have built party loyalties and voting tendencies over generations. Most of their families arrived after 1965, when the United States opened its doors more widely to people in Asia. There are vast class divisions, too; the income gap between the rich and the poor is greatest among Asian-Americans.

Read more here.

Grants and Funding Opportunities
Restaurants Care Resilience Fund 

Applications open: April 11
Deadline: April 18, 11:59pm PST


Restaurants Care is a nonprofit centered around caring for the people at the heart of restaurants. This grant funding is intended to be used on payroll and related expenses such as increasing hours and bring on new hires. By taking care of the payroll expense, we allow the restaurant operator to free up funds for other business expenses such as rent, technology upgrades, and outdoor dining retrofitting. 

To qualify, the restaurant must be currently open, have a staff of 50 or less, experienced a revenue loss of at least 20 percent from 2019-2020, and be based in the one of the following counties: Los Angeles, Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, or San Joaquin.


Apply here.

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Resources

COVID-19 Resources

Health Equity and Research Resources (Updated!)

Mental Health Resources

Food Resources

Grants and Funding Resources 

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