"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."— Martin Luther King, Jr.

HERE Center Weekly
March 23, 2021
Edition 16
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 

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 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 2
Dates: Tuesdays, April 6, 13, and 20
Time: 3:30 to 6:30PM
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
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 or click here.
Community Resources
Virtual Townhall: Promotoras Tackling Social Inequities During COVID-19 in the Latino Community
Visión y Compromiso, in collaboration with the Health Equity and Research Education (HERE) Center, invites you to join our virtual town hall titled, “Promotoras Tackling Social Inequities in the Latino Community During COVID-19.”

During the town hall, you will be able to understand the impact of the pandemic on the San Fernando Valley through listening to the stories and testimonies of families. You’ll also be able to discuss how organizations and local legislators can work together to work through these tough times.

Confirmed panelists are Assemblywoman Luz Rivas, Senator Bob Hertzberg, Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, and President Nury Martinez, of the Los Angeles City Council. The town hall will be held on Thursday, March 25, from 5:30pm-7:00pm.

To sign up and participate, please click this link.
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.

Eligible groups:
  • Healthcare and emergency workers
  • Those 65+ and up
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • Education and childcare workers
  • More information on eligibility here.
San Fernando Valley Health Center Group Farmer Market

The San Fernando Valley Health Center Group Farmers Market will be tomorrow, Wednesday, March 24, 2021 (1pm to 3pm, or when supplies run out). This Farmers Market event will take place at Mid-Valley Health Center: 7515 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91405.

Per the attached flyers, "No Drive Through: Pick up your bag of fresh food from the tent in the grassy area. Please wear face covering and keep 6 feet distance." You may park your vehicle, if driving, in the same parking structure as the Zev Yaroslavsky Center. 

English flyer.
Spanish flyer.
Health Literacy in the Black Community Training Series 
The Council on Black Health is currently hosting a web training series on informing and enhancing health literacy specifically for the Black community. Here is the next upcoming session:

Session #4: Health Communications 101 (April 2nd)
This session will discuss strategies to successfully implement health campaigns, creative and effective dissemination strategies, and how to help our community identify trusted sources of information.

RSVP link here.
LGBTQIA Community & Patriarchy Webinar
El Centro de Amistad will be hosting a webinar on learning about the LGBTQIA community scheduled on Thursday, March 25 at 1pm and Friday, April 2 at 1pm. 

For more information, contact

March 25 Flyer.
April 2 Flyer.
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.
Paid Family Leave Virtual Training
The California Work & Family Coalition in partnership with Black Infants & Families LA and County of LA Public Health will be hosting a Paid Family Leave Virtual Training Series to help Black families and allies in the Los Angeles and Antelope Valley regions gain an in-depth understanding of Paid Family Leave and help Black families obtain what they are rightfully due. Apply by April 5th here!

Flyer 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: 

Flyer 1 (No-Cost Energy Services) Flyer 2 (Utilities Assistance)
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. 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 Mar. 23, Tuesday 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 ( 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.
Youth Advisory Council
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking dedicated, enthusiastic, and motivated youth to join its third cohort of the Youth Advisory Council. 
  • LA County resident
  • 1-year commitment
  • 16-21 years old
  • Must pass a background check
To Apply:
The application for the DPH Youth Advisory Council is linked here. You may also visit the MCAH website and download an application. Submit application to by Friday, April 2, 2021.

For more information: Please view the flyer and Frequently Asked Questions Contact Lizbeth Becerra at or Pamina Bagchi at
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Campus Announcements
Student Opportunities
When You Picture a Scientist, Who Do You See?
When: March 24
During this live event, Nobel Prize-winning Dr. Jennifer Doudna (featured in the film Human Nature) and other world-renowned scientists welcome your questions following a candid conversation on advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM.

Inspired by the award-winning documentary Picture a Scientist, their discussion will focus on:

the experience of each panelist as leaders in their field
the journey and obstacles each overcame to get here
what they identify as positive solutions that will allow for continued equity and inclusion within the scientific community and beyond
Register for the event here
CSU Student Success Network - 2021 Fall Conference

The CSU Student Success Network is now accepting proposals for their 2021 fall conference! CSU faculty, staff, administrators, and students are invited to submit proposals for presentations in panel or demonstration formats. For more info, view the call for proposals in our bio.

Proposals are due March 26, 2021.

Link to register here.
APA Psychology Career Fair 
This event will connect you directly with employers looking to hire those in psychology from the comfort of your home. Our online, cloud-based platform makes it easy and fun for you to participate from a desktop or mobile device. After signing in, you'll be able to explore the available opportunities and participate in 1-on-1 text and video chats with participating employers. Share your background and experience, and get all your questions answered.

Date: March 30, 2021, 11:00AM-5:00PM, Eastern Daylight Time

Link to register here.
School-to-Prison Nexus for Aspiring Educators with Dr. David Stovall
In this webinar, Dr. David Stovall (he/him/his) defines the school-to-prison nexus and asks if the logics of the school and the prison are often the same thing, what does that look like in classrooms? Dr. Stovall will provide everyday examples that help educators and students recognize education as policing, and discuss the need to work against carcerality in schools.

Tuesday, March 30,12:30-1:45 p.m. (PST)
Zoom ID: 8803 098 2413
Passcode: 949970

Flyer 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
Underrepresented medical students and risk of depression

Read Cheryl Clark’s piece on underrepresented medical students and risk of depression featured on Medpage Today. Cheryl is one of Dr. Kacie Blackman’s medical students.

Here is a sneak peek: 

Second-year med student Christopher Veal had just learned he failed a remediation course, necessitated because he had failed -- by just one point -- his final musculoskeletal exam.

Those failures were bad enough. Then, as a University of Vermont (UVM) dean was giving him this bad news, Veal heard the words he had dreaded. Two former classmates grimly told him: Whenever the dean asked this question, it was a signal he should consider quitting.

Read more here.

Grants and Funding Opportunities
Impact Fund Offers Support for Litigation to Advance Social Justice

Deadline: April 6, 2021 (Letters of Interest)

The Impact Fund provides grants to organizations working to advance social justice in the United States.

To that end, grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to nonprofit legal service providers, private attorneys, and/or small law firms seeking to advance justice in the areas of civil rights, human rights, poverty law, and/or the environment in ways that impact a marginalized group. Grants typically range between $10,000 and $50,000 and are usually awarded for a particular case, but occasionally the fund will support a series of cases connected by a common strategy. Most grants are for class actions, but multi-plaintiff and environmental justice cases that aim to significantly affect a larger system are encouraged.

Letters of Interest must be received no later than April 6.
Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by May 4, 2021.

See the Impact Fund website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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COVID-19 Resources

Health Equity Resources

Mental Health Resources

Food Resources

Grants and Funding Resources 

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