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HERE Center Weekly
June 1, 2021
Edition 26
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 - Veronica Villasenor
As a STEM transfer student, Veronica Villasenor faced the ordeal of transferring alone from her community college in Central California to Los Angeles. After garnering experience and expanding her network, she managed to establish the START Office, a resource center for transfer students. 

The START Office, or STEM Transfer and Research Training, is an office at California State University Northridge (CSUN) that provides centralized resources, networking, and opportunities for transfer students. 

To learn more about Veronica, 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.
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
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Community Announcements
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
COVID-19 Health Literacy Project

The COVID-19 Health Literacy Project has created and translated accessible COVID-19 information into different languages to help all patients know when, and how, to seek care. Their materials are created in collaboration with Harvard Health Publishing.

You can access the fact sheets here

Facebook page here.
Drive-Thru Event

Penny Lane Centers and Project Joy will be hosting a Diaper Drive-Thru Event on Friday, June 25th from 1pm – 2:30pm at 43520 Division St. Lancaster, CA 93535. Families with infants -0-12 months can call to register by June 11, 2021 (661) 206-0830.
Pipeline Programs Presents: Science Day 2021

The Department of Pipeline and School Partnership Programs at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science invite you to register for our upcoming Science Day event!

June 5, 2021
9:00am - 11:30am
Pre-k  to 12th grade
Location: ONLINE via Zoom

Pre-k (must be 4 years old) to 12th-grade students will be exposed to the fields of science, medicine, mental health, public health, and global health. 

RSVP link here.
English/Spanish Flyer.
Liberation Practices for Virtual Meeting Spaces and Intermediate Zoom Training

Painted Brain's Liberation Practices for Virtual Meeting Spaces and Intermediate Zoom Training is a two-part training. The first training focuses on liberation-based practices that help us build our critical consciousness, empowerment, and equitable strategies for implementing anti-oppressive virtual meeting spaces. Building from this, the second training will include intermediate Zoom meeting techniques and features will be explored.

Training Schedule w/ Registration Links:

June 1st & June 3rd from 2:00pm to 3:30pm
June 15th & June 17th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
 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.
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. Teens aged 12-15 are also eligible for the vaccine.
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
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 June 3, Thursday from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Registration link here.
Job Opportunities
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Campus Announcements
Student Opportunities
Virtual American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED Certification
You can become American Red Cross certified in only one day during the Student Recreation Center’s Virtual American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED Classes.  Next session: June 5th, 9:00am-4:00pm

For more information, visit the link here. Once registered, you’ll receive information regarding curbside pickup and drop-off procedures for workshop materials including manikins, AEDs (automated external defibrillators), disposable gloves and masks. For questions, contact Ryan Hairapetian at 818-677-5804.
SRC: Summertime Grind Challenge Begins
Sign up now to participate in this year’s Summertime Grind Challenge with the Student Recreation Center of the University Student Union! Fuel that fitness fire this summer by staying active and getting rewarded for exercising from wherever you choose. As you track your fitness activity and earn points, you’ll become eligible to win some awesome prizes! 

To participate in this fitness challenge, register on the ChallengeRunner website and join the “Summertime Grind 2021” program. Then, track your activity and rack up those points for a chance to win some sweet prizes during the Summertime Grind Challenge. It'll last from June 7 to August 7!
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

Emotions Run The Gamut As California Prepares To Reopen

On June 15, California's economy will fully reopen after more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions and closures.

Among the general population, reactions around reopening are likely to range from excitement to anxiety. Dr. Annabelle De St. Maurice, an assistant professor of pediatrics at UCLA, says different risk tolerance and comfort levels will likely affect people's behavior as society reopens.

"People may choose to wear masks for longer than others, and may choose to wear them indoors,” she said. “We really shouldn't be shaming people for doing that and being cautious."

Read more here.

Grants and Funding Opportunities
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COVID-19 Resources 

Health Equity and Research Resources 

Mental Health Resources 

Food Resources

Grants and Funding Resources 

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