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HERE Center Weekly
February 16, 2021
Edition 11
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
Facebook Live Event - Visión y Compromiso & HERE Center

Visión y Compromiso, in collaboration with the Health Equity and Research Education (HERE) Center, invites you to join us at our Facebook Live event! One of our directors, Lisa Chaudhari, will be participating!

Date: February 24, 2021
Time: 12:30pm-1:00pm

At the event, you'll have the opportunity to:
  • Get to know the HERE Center
  • Understand what resources the HERE Center can offer to the community
  • Learn more about the collaboration between the HERE Center and the Promotoras in the San Fernando Valley
  • Find out how to get involved at the Center 
You can access the event through the following Facebook accounts:
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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 Panel: A Vaccine Conversation for African-American Families

The San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valley AAIMM CAT will be hosting a COVID-19 Panel on tomorrow, February 17th, from 10am - 12pm. Join us as we discuss concerns, explore options related to the COVID-19 vaccine with a panel of COVID-19 local medical and legal experts. Our local African American families have questions, and this is our opportunity to voice them in a safe space.

For more information, please contact: mrowlett@el or

Registration link here
Flyer here.
Farming While Black

The Elm Avenue Community Garden invites you to their virtual Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM on Zoom. This event will be filled with dynamic guest speakers, music, history, robust conversation about agriculture in the Antelope Valley, and more.

You will receive a confirmation email one day prior to the event from with all of the event details for the event.

RSVP link here.
Understanding Health Determinants and Promoting Healthcare Access

Cal State LA’s College of Natural and Social Sciences invites you to the inaugural Pérez-Silverman Endowed Symposium, "Understanding Health Determinants and Promoting Equitable Healthcare Access."

The symposium will feature a diverse panel of distinguished health industry professionals, reflective of our student body, who will discuss critical issues affecting equitable healthcare access in the community.

Friday, February 19, 2021
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

RSVP link here.
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.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)/Suicide Prevention Ongoing Resiliency Training (SPORT)

The LA County Office of Education (LACOE) is offering a no-cost, 1-day virtual conference on suicide prevention training. his conference is scheduled for March 15, 2021, and the link to register is included here. Please note, the 1-day ESSA/SPORT virtual conference is open to all LA County school districts, as well as charters, and private schools.

Flyer with additional information.
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)
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)
Free Virtual Knowledge-Based Virtual Workshops

Candid Learning offers free virtual workshops and resources for those who are seeking help with grantmaking. You can access them here.
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 18th, 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
Communications/Advocacy Intern - Summer 2021

Human Impact Partners seeks a communications/advocacy intern for the summer of 2021 to support our communications, advocacy campaigns, and digital content strategy.
  • Start date: Summer 2021 (flexible start and end dates to align with summer availability)
  • Time commitment: Full-time, for approximately 3 months
  • Hourly rate: $18-$22/hour DOE
  • Location: Remote. HIP is based in Oakland, CA, but staff are working remotely due to
  • COVID-19. Candidates based outside the Bay Area who are able to work remotely are welcome
  • to apply.
  • Deadline: Please submit applications by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on Monday, March 8, 2021. The
  • position is open until filled.

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
Student Opportunities
Essential Talks: A Conversation with Dr. Cornel West

American philosopher, political activist, social critic and author Dr. Cornel West will dive into students’ experiences and the topic of racial battle fatigue. You’ll learn how to care for yourself as a student of color or grow in your journey as an ally.

Date: Feb 26, 2021 3:30 PM PST

RSVP link here.
CDSC Social Justice Student Research Conference 

Submissions for the 4th Annual CDSC Social Justice Student Research Conference are open! This year's conference will be hosted via Zoom. The theme is "Envisioning Just Communities." 
CDSC welcomes submissions concerning scholarship, activism, and art that draw upon or envision just communities as well as any other aspect of social justice. See the attached flyer for more information on how to apply. Abstract submissions are done through this Google Form link.

Abstract deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021 
Student Conference: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 
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: 
Faculty/Staff Opportunities
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.
Increasing Inclusivity for UndocuAPIs on Your Campus Webinar
Immigrants Rising is excited to announce the launch of their newest resource Increasing Inclusivity for Undocumented Asian Pacific Islander (API) Students On Your Campus! This resource provides tangible ways for educators to effectively connect and engage with undocuAPI students. 
Join their Increasing Inclusivity for Undocumented API Students on Your Campus Webinar on Thursday, February 18th at 10 - 11am to learn about the experiences of current undocuAPI students, as well as gain an overview of their resource with promising practices to better uplift and support this student population.

Date: Feb. 18, 10-11am PST

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 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
California To Open Up Vaccinations To Ages 16-64 With Certain Diseases And Disabilities

Beginning March 15, California vaccinators are free to start immunizing anyone between the ages of 16 and 64 if they have one of a number of serious health conditions, or if they have a developmental or other disability that increases their risk of severe illness from COVID-19 infection.

The California Department of Public Health announced the job in a directive issued today. Under the new rules, vaccination will be available to people 16-64 with:


  • Cancer, current with debilitated or immunocompromised state
  • Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
  • Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
  • And more.
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 (Updated!)

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