Increasing Health Equity Through Community-Research Collaboration Conference

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities 1000 N. Alameda Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

Non-profit professionals, researchers, social services providers, and students are invited to join IBHRI and CSUN BUILD PODER as we discuss how non-profits and researchers can work together to increase health equity in local communities. 

When a community-research partnership is successful, nonprofit organizations gain volunteers, professional input from their partners, and a pool of possible future applicants for employment. Universities and researchers gain a better understanding of the nonprofit industry's needs, how nonprofits can support research and scholarship, and ways to approach collaborative projects. The goal: maximizing social impact through collaboration.

Join IBHRI and CSUN's NIH-funded BUILD PODER Program as we discuss how we can work together to increase health equity in our communities. Nonprofit agency leaders, health and social services professionals, college and university faculty, researchers, program evaluators, mental health professionals, policymakers, students, and others will convene with a shared goal of maximizing social impact through collaborationWe will have expert speakers and panelists from various sectors, including academia, independent research organizations, and non-profit organizations. We will address topics related to approaches and best practices in building community-researcher partnerships (e.g., ethical issues that may arise, funding, grants, nonprofit needs). Together we will learn from each other, identify ways to work together and identify the benefits (and possible obstacles to overcome) in university and nonprofit organization partnerships.

This is a FREE event with registration!

Registration is required as space is limited. Register by 11:59 p.m. on Sep. 30 (no on-site registration).

See the full event program and speaker details at the IBHRI website. 


  • Thomas E. Backer, Ph.D., CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources
  • Erica Shehane, MPH, LCSW, Special Services for Groups
  • Jocelyn Guihama, MPP, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Anthony Ortiz-Luis, MS, Valley Care Community Consortium
  • Jared Ashcroft, Ph.D., Pasadena City College
  • Carrie L. Saetermoe, Ph.D., California State University, Northridge
  • Joshua J. Matacotta, Psy.D., IBHRI; Western University of Health Sciences
  • CSUN HERE Center Faculty Panelists: Dr. Kacie Blackman, Dr. Claudia Toledo-Corral, Dr. Thomas Chan, Dr. Yolanda Vasquez-Salgado

The Human Side of Collaboration
Community-Researcher Partnership Profile: A Public, Private Partnership to Improve Oral Health in Los Angeles County
Bridging a Connection Between Community Organizations and Academic Research
Using Undergraduate Research and Community Partnerships to Increase Success of K-12 and Community College Students in STEM
Community-led Research: What Nonprofits Want Academics and Funders to Know

8 - 9 AM
Check-in & Light Breakfast
9:15 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10 AM Morning Keynote
10 - 10:15 AM Break
10:15 - 11 AM Presentations
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Panel Discussion
12:15 - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 - 2:55 PM Presentations
1 - 1:30 PM Networking Activity
3:30 - 4:15 PM Closing Keynote
4:15 - 4:30 PM Closing Remarks