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HERE Center Weekly
June 16, 2021
Edition 28
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 - Dr. Jose H. Vargas
From the beginning of his academic career, Jose Hugo Vargas has always been interested in psychology thanks to his mentors’ influence. Specializing in psychology and education, Vargas has always advocated for social justice, particularly for students. 

“Racism is [the] problem. The criminal justice system is messed up. Our healthcare system is messed up. Our politics are messed up,” Vargas said. “Why is this happening? To me, it goes back to education, like ‘ah, that’s where it starts.’” 

To learn more about Dr. Jose H. Vargas, click 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
Badge Project Summer Webinars 
Mark your calendars this summer for the Badge Project’s Summer Webinars! Familiarize yourself with campus resources, research involvement, and graduate programs.

Date: Every Tuesday 5:00PM-6:00PM beginning June 22nd via Zoom

You will receive an email reminder with the zoom link for the webinars you wish to attend. Click here to RSVP.
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
Juneteenth: Harvard DCE Panel Conversation

Join the Harvard Division of Continuing Education for a panel discussion in honor of Juneteenth. Their panel of experts will discuss the history of Juneteenth, what the holiday means for Americans, and ways in which all communities can observe, reflect, and educate in commemoration.

Date and time
Thu, June 17, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT

RSVP link here.
Juneteenth Freedom Day Walk

Please join the Therapeutic Play Foundation, San Gabriel Valley African American Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Community Action Team, and the Black Mental Health Task Force in convening to celebrate freedom. Bring awareness of the history behind this special day and unite on this Juneteenth. Come celebrate the launch of the Empowering Black & African American Families Conversation Series with them!

Date and time
Sat, June 19, 2021
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT

RSVP link here.
Flyer here.
Weight Management Made Easy

"Weight Management Made Easy" is a FREE 5-week workshop weight management program created through CSUN’s Marilyn Magaram Center Wellness Clinic. This series is open to the general population and focuses on nutrition education for healthy weight maintenance. Each workshop includes a live food demonstration.⁣

Time and Location:
Wednesdays, 12pm-1pm via Zoom (virtual)⁣

June 23rd – Food Portions Made Easy⁣
July 7th – Meal Planning Made Easy⁣
July 21st – Forming Healthy Habits Made Easy⁣
August 4th – Exercise Nutrition Made Easy⁣
August 18th – Food Trends Made Easy⁣

Sign up for one or all workshops using the link provided here.
Free Legal Support (CHIRLA)

If you or any of your loved ones are in need of legal support, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) is offering legal support for FREE! For immigration services call (213) 201-3797, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-10AM and Saturdays 8-11AM. DACA consultation request links are regularly posted on their Instagram and Facebook pages.
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.
 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.
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 17, Thursday from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Registration link here.
Job Opportunities
First 5 LA Program Officer - Family Supports

First 5 LA is looking for a Program Officer for Family Support. This position is Full-time / Regular / Exempt. The Salary Range: $2,688.46 - $4,030.77 bi-weekly. Accepting applications through 06/17/2021

The Program Officer is the project-level subject matter expert and portfolio manager for one or more projects in the Family Supports Team. This role is primarily responsible for advancing First 5 LA’s systems change agenda of policy, practice change and will building through the development and management of projects in the area of Family Supports, consistent with the First 5 LA Strategic Plan.

Click here to apply.
THEDREAM.US is Hiring: Senior Research Analyst
The Senior Research Analyst will be a team player in the implementation of TheDream.US’ strategic goals, with a specific focus on (1) managing TheDream.US’ data collection and analyses to inform and guide our work supporting our Scholars and graduates in their college and career journeys; (2) develop an evaluation framework and outputs assessing program impact and outcomes (3) lifting field expertise so that more higher education institutions can apply evidence-based learnings to effectively support undocumented students in their college and career success.

Please share this job description in your networks. Deadline for applications is June 18th.
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Campus Announcements
Student Opportunities
Food Insecurity, Neighborhood Food Environment, and Nutritional Health Disparities: State of the Science
Calling all investigators, post-docs & doctoral students: Want to get recognized for your Nutrition Research? Submit a poster abstract by July 9 for an NIH event on nutrition HealthDisparities on Sept. 21-23.

Learn more via the link here.
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 19th, 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

California is Open - What Does This Mean for Masking?

Effective June 15th, masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals except for some settings, including hospitals, public transportation, and K-12 schools. Though fully vaccinated people can go unmasked in most places, workers must still follow Cal/OSHA rules.

Additionally, masks are required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public).

To learn more, click 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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