"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."—Audre Lorde

HERE Center Weekly
February 2, 2021
Edition 9
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
Student Opportunities
BUILD PODER 2021-2022 Applications
BUILD PODER applications for both CSUN students and community college students are now live! Please feel free to share the following QR codes above with those who may be interested in applying. All applications are due March 1.
Faculty/Staff Opportunities
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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.
AV AAIMM – Grant Development and Funding Workgroup

The AV AAIMM CAT (Antelope Valley African American and Maternal Mortality Community Action Team) Grant and Development Workgroup will be meeting for the first time on Wednesday, February 3rd at 10am. If you are interested in joining the AV AAIMM Grant and Development Funding Workgroup to support funding for the AV AAIMM CAT Initiative, please join here. (Meeting ID: 856 3064 6457; Passcode: 194510).

If you have any questions, please contact
Community Resources
Food Drive at Domenic Massari Park

A free food drive-through will take place on Thursday, Feb 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Domenic Massari Park, 37716 55th St. East in Palmdale. It is open to everyone. The drive-through line will begin forming at 8:30 a.m. No walk-ups allowed. Please wear a face covering. This event is a partnership between the County of Los Angeles District 5 Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s office, LA Regional Food Bank, LA County Library, LA County Department of Parks & Recreation, LA County Department of Beaches & Harbors, and the City of Palmdale in response to COVID-19.
Small Business Stabilization Loan Program

The Los Angeles County Development Authority has launched an affordable and flexible business loan program to support and help stabilize businesses in the region. Small Business Stabilization Loans range from $50,000 to $3 million, and can be used for working capital, equipment purchases, inventory, or refinancing of existing loans at higher interest rates. Click here for more information.
Providence Free Flu Clinic

Providence Community Health is offering free flu vaccines on various dates/locations, for uninsured adults from 18 to 64 years-old. Dates and more details are provided on the here.

Flyers for the Feb. 17 Flu Clinic (9am-12pm): Flyers for the Feb. 20 Flu Clinic: (9am-12pm)
National Alliance on Mental Illness - San Fernando Valley Courses

Become a Mental Health First Aider today with this inspiring and empowering metal health education program offered by NAMI SFV. FREE for anyone who lives, works, or learners in the San Fernando Valley area. This is thanks to a grant we received from Dignity Health and UniHealth Foundation, through the Cultural Trauma and Mental Health Resiliency Project.

Flyer for FREE Mental Health First Aid course
Flyer for FREE virtual suicide prevention training
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 February 4, Thursday. 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
Student Zone Helper (Bilingual)

Position Description:

Student Zone Helpers assists students in completing their own homework assignments and schoolwork by utilizing a variety of digital resources provided by the Los Angeles Public Library, PowerMyLearning, and the school or district which the student attends. 

Full job description here.
The Labor/Community Strategy Center: Organizer with experience working in urban Black communities
The Strategy Center is a multi-racial internationalist movement-building organization based on a Black/Latino alliance with the Nations and People of the Third World. While our work is national and international we begin with a focus on the Black and Latino communities in South Central Los Angeles and carrying out a Civil Rights/Climate Justice Strategy. This is a unique opportunity since LCSC fills most positions from our membership and we are excited to attract new people to help strengthen our team. To find out more about the Strategy Center, click here

Duties include:
  • Focusing on Door-to-door organizing in Black and Latino South Los Angeles communities and work with high school and community college students
  • Carrying out community conversations and research on the state of Black and South Central Los Angeles
  • And more.
See full job posting here.
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Campus Announcements
Voices of Freedom - Stories of Hope from Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Rising Scholars Students

Date and Time: February 5, 2021 at 5:00pm PST

Join the California Community Colleges Rising Scholars Network and the Campaign for College Opportunity as we highlight the powerful voices of students who have experienced incarceration. Rising Scholars Network is a program across California's community colleges to support formerly incarcerated folks in their educational journeys. The event will feature students as well as Reginald Dwayne Betts, award-winning American poet and New York Times author, who will talk about his journey from incarceration to Yale Law School.

Registration here
Celebrating Black History Month with Author Jo Ann Allen Boyce

In recognition of February being African-American/Black History Month, the Family Focus Resource Center will be hosting an online discussion with author JoAnn Allen Boyce, author of "This Promise of Change: One Girl's Story in the Fight for School Equality." This virtual event is scheduled for February 25, 2021, at 6:30pm. Registration can be completed online here. For questions, please contact Theresa Quary, at: 

CSUN's Annual Research Symposium

When: April 9

Abstract Deadline: Feb. 2

The 2021 CSUNposium will be a virtual conference. All oral and poster sessions will be hosted in session-specific Zoom rooms. All first-year students (i.e., began BP in 2020) are required to participate.

For more information, click 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 Incident Update

The following report is a high level summary of the L.A. County Emergency Operation Center's COVID-19 disaster response. 

This incident update includes the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 among Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department employees.

Please share this information with your family, fellow residents, municipal, state & community partners.

Read the Incident Update here.

Contact Tracing Resources

If you our someone you know has been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19, the LA County of Public Health is urging you to speak to contact tracers. Contact tracing is critical in the effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Your information is completely confidential, and will never be shared with any law enforcement agency. You can learn more by visiting the Contact Tracing website, and reach out by calling (833) 540-0473. Your experience is going to help the Valley get through this, so don't wait! Get the information you need to get started today.

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On the News
Dodger Stadium’s COVID-19 vaccination site temporarily shut down after protesters gather at entrance

Dodger Stadium’s mass COVID-19 vaccination site was temporarily shut down last Saturday afternoon when about 50 protesters gathered at the entrance, frustrating hundreds of motorists who had been waiting in line for hours.

The Los Angeles Fire Department closed the entrance to the stadium — one of the largest vaccination sites in the country — for about an hour starting just before 2 p.m. as a precaution, officials said. Several LAPD officers also responded to the scene; a spokeswoman for the department said no arrests were made.

Read more here.
Grants and Funding Opportunities
Grant Opportunity for California CBOs to Address Underlying Inequities in the Social Determinants of Health that Lead to Inequitable COVID-19 Impacts:

Deadline: March 2, 2021, 5pm.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Office of Health Equity (OHE) will be administering $5M from the Centers for Disease and Control Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Grant (totaling $499M) to ~16-30 community based organizations led by and serving communities facing inequities in COVID-19 impacts and infection. This funding is intended to advance the State’s work to close racial, ethnic, and other disparities related to COVID-19 and associated chronic conditions. Community-Based Organizations will use the funding for pilot projects to reduce underlying inequities in the social determinants of health that have contributed to disproportionate harm from the Coronavirus among certain communities. The COVID-19 Health Equity Pilot Projects RFA is now live on the Office of Health Equity (OHE) RFA Webpage and the Grant Portal Webpage. The Information Webinar will be taking place on January 20, 2021 from 1-3 PM. 

Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

Evidence for Action (E4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), funds research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health. A Culture of Health is broadly defined as one in which good health and well-being flourish across geographic, demographic, and social sectors; public and private decision-making is guided by the goal of fostering equitable communities; and everyone has the opportunity to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles. RWJF’s Culture of Health Action Framework, which was developed to catalyze a national movement toward improved health, well-being, and equity, guides E4A’s program strategy.

To find out more information and to apply, click here.

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. We are interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. Additionally, we welcome ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and our progress toward a Culture of Health.

To find out more information and to apply, click here.
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COVID-19 Resources

Mental Health Resources

Food Resources

Grants and Funding Resources

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