"Sustainability is another word for justice, for what is just is sustainable and what is unjust is not."Matthew Fox

HERE Center Weekly
May 4, 2021
Edition 22
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 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
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
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
NIH CEAL Community Resources

The Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities works closely with the communities hit hardest by COVID-19, such as African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians/Alaska Natives.

Find FAQs, fact sheets, and other resources you can share to provide accurate information and encourage people to get informed and take steps to overcome COVID-19. Check the link 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.
Latinx/Hispanic Communities And Mental Health - Resources from MHA

Mental Health America has provided a list of mental health resources for the Latinx/Hispanic communities! You can find a complete list of Spanish language materials, including their Spanish-language screening tools here.
AAPI Heritage Month Panel Discussion

On May 8 at 2 pm ET, the Office of Minority Health, the National Park Service, and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will host a virtual panel to discuss how they are working to support #AAPI communities by addressing racism and health inequities.

This panel discussion will highlight current federal efforts addressing racism and health inequities, including the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force and the Presidential Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.

Learn more via the link here.
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!
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 the 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 May 4, Tuesday at 5:30pm-6:30pm. Registration link here.
Job Opportunities
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Campus Announcements
Student Opportunities
Roots of Anti-Asian Violence
Join the Asian American Studies Pathways Project and the CSUN University Student Union, and Anakbayan Los Angeles on May 6th at 6 PM PST in processing the connection between Anti-Asian violence and U.S. imperialism, and finding solutions in supporting our communities now and in the future ahead.

Meeting ID: 818 4970 0477 
Passcode: 764731
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

L.A. County Test Positivity Remains at Lowest Levels

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 29 new deaths and 500 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 29 new deaths reported May 1, 11 people that passed away were over the age of 80, eight people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, five people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, and three people who died was between the ages of 30 and 49. 

To date, Public Health identified 1,233,488 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 23,918 deaths. 

There are 414 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 21% of these people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for more than 6,502,000 individuals with 18% of people testing positive.  May 1’s daily test positivity rate is 0.6%. The County's test positivity remains at the lowest levels of the pandemic.

Read more here.


Grants and Funding Opportunities
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COVID-19 Resources

Health Equity and Research Resources (Updated!)

Mental Health Resources

Food Resources

Grants and Funding Resources 

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