HERE Center

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Welcome To The HERE Center

With a liberatory spirit, the San Fernando Valley’s HERE Center works with communities by nurturing collaborative research to improve health equity.

For members of the CSUN community seeking a progressive environment for researching health equity, the HERE Center provides resources and opportunities that promote scholarly collaboration to empower communities toward reducing health disparities.

Director's Message

We at the HERE Center see the complexity in these historic times. While we were angered and deeply saddened by the worsening of racial health disparities by placing political priorities over humanity, the ongoing fallout of COVID-19 now includes systemic, economic disparities that drive all other disparities. We are tracking these increasing gaps in health and access to healthcare with students from the Department of Health Sciences. We are enraged by the latest murder, George Floyd’s, at the hands of four Minnesota officers, and ally with anti-racism action at CSUN and across the nation. We call for the adoption of a critical framework for reconsidering race in the U.S. We at the HERE Center see an opening for expanded support of anti-racism education and activism in light of the protests, catalyzed not only by George Floyd but by 400 years of racial oppression that changes in appearance, but remains a racist culture until we confront racism directly. The umbrella of movements like Black Lives Matter are being expanded and phrases like “systemic racism” and “white silence is compliance,” are now mainstream messages, even in regions that are predominantly white. Racism is a public health crisis.

If you would like to join the HERE Center in our anti-racism efforts, please feel free to contact us at

In the meantime, here are some resources to learn more and act up against racism!


Information and Resources

Below is a list of resources that may be of help to CSUN students, faculty, staff, and SFV community members during this time. It is by no means comprehensive, but we will update it as new resources come to our attention.

General Information about COVID-19


Updates and Campus Messages

CSUN as One

- Visit the website to find up-to-date resources and information for the upcoming semester.

Campus COVID-19 Page

CSUN Center for Geospatial Science & Technology’s COVID-19 Interactive Maps

- CSUN geography professor Steven Graves and Danielle Bram with the Center for Geospatial Science and Technology have created interactive maps that track the virus’ progress neighborhood by neighborhood in Los Angeles County, as well as county by county on the national level. Visit the Center for Geospatial Science and Technology’s website to view the maps in English and Spanish.


External Guides & Resources

Hesperian Health Guides - Coronavirus

FDA Multilingual COVID-19 Resources (CDC)

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH)

National Institute of Health (NIH) – Latest research information

LA County Roadmap to Recovery

Groups at Higher Risk for Severe Illness

- According to the CDC, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

American Diabetes Association

Breastfeeding LA

Black Infants & Families LA

Health Care


CSUN Klotz Student Health Center

- The Klotz Student Health Center remains open from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.


External Guides & Resources

Dignity Health

- Free Virtual Care visits for Mild COVID-19 Symptoms

Covered CA – new expansion of Special Enrollment

- For enrollees and members of the community at large who will need access to health care coverage, Covered CA has announced a special enrollment period, through the month of June, that will allow individuals and families impacted by COVID-19 to enroll in coverage. At the same time, the Department of Managed Healthcare and the Department of Insurance announced they would implement complementary special enrollment periods for the “off-exchange” individual markets.

COVID-19 Testing Information

- Appointments are available at the regional testing sites. Visit the page to find testing sitesand make an online appointment.

Mental Health and Wellness


CSUN - University Counseling Services


External Guides & Resources

Peer Support Service

- Via telephone or instant messaging through the California Peer-Run Warm Line. Call Toll-Free 855-845-7415 or click here to start a Warm Line WebChat:

The DMH Emotional Support Line

- Available in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, and Armenian; Mon-Fri 9am - 6pm. Call (800) 854-7771.

Coping with Coronavirus: Managing Stress, Fear, and Anxiety - National Institute of Mental Health

LA County Department of Public Health – Guide to Wellbeing Apps

Food Resources


CSUN Food Pantry

- CSUN students, faculty, and staff in need may visit the CSUN Food Pantry once per week to receive a week’s worth food. Toiletries are available upon request.


External Guides & Resources

Free Meals for Children

- Available at participating school sites throughout CA. Visit the website to find the closest participating school meal program location.

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

- Visit the website to find the closest food bank near you.

Los Angeles County Workforce Development Aging & Community Services Department

- Offering packaged and frozen meals to older adults at their meal sites.

Map View of Available Food Resources

- Find county agencies and partners that provide free groceries and meals during COVID-19

Communication during COVID-19

Low-Cost/Free Internet Access

- The city of Los Angeles has partnered with internet providers to offer low-cost broadband and Wi-Fi offers to schools age (k-12) and/or college student households, healthcare workers, educators and subscribers, living in public and affordable housing.

  • FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.
  • Comcast: follows FCC agreement, offers free Wi-Fi for 2 months to low income families, unlimited data for no additional charge for existing customers, plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time.
  • Charter/Spectrum: free Internet offer for 2 months.
  • AT&T: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families.
  • Sprint: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
  • T-Mobile: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

Grants and Funding Resources


CSUN Research and Sponsored Programs

- Visit the page to see agency-specific guidance regarding grant proposal submission and/or award management in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


External Guides & Resources

Flexibilities Available to NIH Applicants and Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance Affected by COVID-19

NIH Guidance and Information for Grant Recipients and Applicants for NIH Funding

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposers and Awardees

NSF Extended Deadline

- Updated April 3, 2020

COVID-19 related funding opportunities for nonprofits

Employment Resources

LA Jobs Portal

- The City of Los Angeles is coordinating an economic response to help Angelenos who have been economically impacted by COVID-19, so that people can find help and jobs while adhering to the Safer at Home orders.

Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Resources for Immigrant Communities



- Virtual walk-in office hours and appointments are available for undocumented students who need assistance with finding resources, navigating financial aid and admissions, or need general support from the DREAM center.


External Guides & Resources

LA County Office of Immigrant Affairs

- Find answers to common questions that pertain to the immigrant community in Los Angeles County

COVID-19 FAQs for Immigrants

IMMI Salud - Free Telephonic Medical Access Screening

- Immigrants with Disabilities Project via Jovenes, Inc and partner organization Maternal and Child Health Access (MCHA) helps the underinsured and uninsured with FREE telephonic medical access screening.

Betancourt-Macias Scholarship Foundation

- This website provides another list of resources, national and state-level, and emergency funds application for undocumented communities.

COVID-19 Guidance for Immigrant Californians’ Booklet

- This guide provides tips about services, including public benefits, that are available to immigrant Californians, including some that are available regardless of immigration status.

Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants

- The Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) project is a one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive$500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 in assistance per household. Check out this list [image file] and contact the nonprofit organization respective to your county residency location via phone number or website to ask for assistance.

Resources for Specific Communities

LGBTQ Communities

CSUN Pride Center

LA LGBT Center


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities

CSUN Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student Services

CDC COVID-19 Video Series in English ASL

Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities

The Sign Language Channel

Scholarship Opportunities and Other Learning Resources


Email to receive weekly newsletters with information about scholarship and internship opportunities, CSUN campus updates, and more!

COVID-19 Information for Students


External Guides and Resources


- Visit the website for listings of internships, experiential learning opportunities, academic fellowships and scholarships funded by government and private sector organizations

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM)

- Deadline: April 22 @5PM (local time)


Get Involved

Let's make a difference together!

We have many opportunities for you to get involved with the HERE Center, including public events, training workshops, research internships, and research partnerships. Please join us!

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Promotoras abordando las inequidades sociales durante el COVID19 en la comunidad latina

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

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Visión y Compromiso, in collaboration with the Health Equity and Research Education (HERE) Center, invites you to join our virtual town hall titled, “Promotoras Tackling Social Inequities During COVID-19 in the Latino Community.” Read more

SPRING 2021 WEBINAR SERIES - Meaningful Change Starts Locally: Increasing Rigor and Reducing Community Health Disparities

February 17, 2021

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The BUILD PODER Webinar Series offers exciting resources for generating rigorous health disparities research to faculty, students, and the larger CSUN community. Read more

Our New CSU Sally Casanova Scholars

September 1, 2020

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Please join us in congratulating to the six HERE Center’s research assistants out of 16 that were awarded with the CSU Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship! The scholarship consists of $3,000 stipend plus funded summer research opportunities and provides the scholars unique opportunities to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral program. Read more

Director Carrie Saetermoe Discusses about Racial Disparities and COVID-19 on CSUN Today

June 4, 2020

During this pandemic, Black and Latinx individuals are disproportionately required to continue to travel to work, often high-risk work environments that do not meet social distancing requirements. They are more likely to use public transportation, work at a public-service job like [in a] grocery store or in food delivery. They are less likely to be insured and more likely to have health conditions, yet racial bias keeps them from seeking healthcare. Read more