"I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is that they must change if they are to get better."Georg Lichtenberg

HERE Center Weekly
May 11, 2021
Edition 23
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 Team Feature - Dr. Kacie Blackman 
As an advocate fighting against infant and maternal mortality, particularly among black populations, Kacie Blackman has dedicated most of her research to lactation resources, policies for maternal health and maternity support resources.

Currently, Blackman is one of the faculty cluster hires at the Health Equity Research and Education (HERE) Center and is an assistant professor in health sciences at California State University, Northridge.

To learn more about Dr. Kacie Blackman, click here.
Podcast Feature - Dr. Jose H. Vargas on Schoolhouse Talk!
Our post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Jose H. Vargas was recently featured on the Schoolhouse Talk podcast hosted by James Miles and Chris Daikos! He discusses his background, his motivation behind his work, his research, and critical race theory in the context of mentorship and academics.

Listen to the podcast here.
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 

Fill in the survey here.
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
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 titled “Write Winning NIH/NSF and Career Development Award Proposals” will be on June 1st-3rd , from 8:00am-12:00pm. It will be led by Dr. Lauren Broyles.

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
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Community Announcements
Antelope Valley African American Infant & Maternal Mortality Prevention Initiative
Community Action Team Convening

Mark your calendars for May 13th, 2021, from 3:30pm-5:00pm for the Antelope Valley African American Infant and Maternal Mortality Community Action Team meeting! This event will include networking opportunities, a presentation by AVPH, and a presentation about stress (during pregnancy and postpartum) by our partners at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Join the movement as we work united to end Black infants and maternal deaths in Los Angeles County.

RSVP link here!
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
 Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Applications for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund are now open! 

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.

To learn more about how to apply, check the link here.
Resources on Racial Injustice, Economic Inequities, and Historical Trauma

The Los Angeles Unified School District has a list of resources on racial justice, economic inequities, and historical trauma for children. You can find them 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 50+ and up
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • Education and childcare workers
  • Emergency Services
  • Those with serious health conditions
  • Those who live or work in congregate living spaces
  • Janitorial, custodial, and maintenance services
  • Transportation and logistics
  • More information on eligibility here.
New COVID-19 Vaccination Sites in Antelope Valley

If you live in the Antelope Valley area and are looking for vaccine appointments, three locations are available! Walk-ins are welcome and no appointments are necessary.

Palmdale Oasis Park Recreation Center
3850 East Avenue S
Palmdale, CA 93550
7 days a Week 11AM - 7PM

Lancaster Metrolink Station
44812 Sierra Highway Lancaster, CA 93534
(18 and older only)
Tuesdays – Saturdays 10AM – 7PM

Palmdale Metrolink Station
39000 Clock Tower Plaza Drive Palmdale, CA 93550
(18 and older only)
Tuesdays – Saturdays 10AM – 7PM
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.
Support Groups
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. 

The next upcoming date is May 13, Thursday from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Registration link here.
Job Opportunities
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Campus Announcements
Student Opportunities
Campus Conversation for Students

Join CSUN’s Campus Conversation for Students May 13th, Thursday, from 4pm-6pm. The conversation will include an overview of current campus plans, structure for campus decision-making (including outside impacts), review of the campus survey input, an opportunity to ask and have questions answered by the appropriate campus administrators, and an opportunity to share any relevant input.

RSVP link here.
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 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

Activist Coalition Tells LA City Council: Defund The Police, Spend More On Housing, Health And Schools

It’s budget season in the city of L.A., when the city council holds hearings on Mayor Eric Garcetti’s proposed spending plan for the next fiscal year.

In a presentation to seven council members Thursday night, the Black Lives Matter-led coalition People’s Budget LA called for an end to investment in traditional law enforcement like the LAPD and Sheriff’s Department, and more funding for things like mental health services, education and infrastructure to build safer communities.

“Imagine restorative justice programs that get to the root of the problem and harm that was done and focus on healing and centering humanity, instead of investing the bulk of our tax dollars in systems like policing and prisons that only make the harm worse, said Kendrick Sampson, actor and founder of BLD PWR.

Read more here.


Grants and Funding Opportunities
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COVID-19 Resources (Updated!)

Health Equity and Research Resources 

Mental Health Resources (Updated!)

Food Resources

Grants and Funding Resources 

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