Partnerships provide human and resource capital to further develop grant proposals (e.g., Bridges to the Baccalaureate), develop common resources across institutions (new office in the HERE Center to support transfer students), and to hasten the research entry of transfer students through early outreach and information.

Pipeline Partners

Through the full integration of students and faculty from local community colleges (known as Pipeline Partners), we have built bridges between CSU Northridge, BUILD PODER, and the transfer offices, faculty, students, and staff at 4 local community colleges. Community college students participate at their local campus as well as at CSU Northridge, inspiring them to continue to CSU to complete their bachelor’s degree.

Research Partners

Several Research Partnerships have been built that support summer research internships:

  • University of North Texas Health Sciences Center’s Summer Multicultural Advancement Research Training program
  • UCLA Summer Program for Undergraduate Research – Life and Biomedical Sciences Program
  • UCLA Brain Research Institute (BRI) Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (BRI-SURE)
  • USC Keck School of Medicine’s Bridging the Gaps Program
  • Drexel University College of Medicine’s Summer Research Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • UC San Diego’s Summer Training Academy for Research Success

Community and Clinical Partner

Dignity Health and more locally Northridge Hospital has recently agreed to partner with BUILD PODER phase II, if funded, to provide faculty with clinical research opportunities and to provide the HERE Center with opportunities for community-based programmatic support and research, sharing the goal of reducing health equity in the local region. With over 60,000 caregivers and staff providing services to diverse communities across 21 states, Dignity Health is the fifth largest system in the country and largest provider in California.


Integrative Behavioral Health Research Institute (IBHRI) has a mission to improve health equity and well-being for all through education, information sharing, multidisciplinary collaboration and research. IBHRI and BUILD PODER have partnered to present the Increasing Health Equity Through Community-Research Collaboration Conference scheduled for October 4, 2018 at The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities. During this conference, community professionals and researchers will gather to learn approaches to working together to reduce health disparities, sources of funding for partnerships, as well as ethics and best practices when engaging in community-research collaborations.

For further information on IBHRI, please visit their website. Upcoming conference details can be found at