We are a university-chartered center at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) dedicated to community-partnered participatory research and health equity advocacy.
The HERE Center grew from the foundation that the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Promoting Opportunities for Diversity in Education and Research (PODER) program provided. BUILD PODER is an undergraduate biomedical research training program established in 2014 with a $22 grant from the National Institutes of Health.
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.