HERE Center


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.


Founder's Statement

“A community coalition who works together to take on, a step at a time, community health and healthcare problems that generate health disparities. We strive for excellence in research rigor and research ethics, we collect evidence for policy change, and we follow through with policy implementation watches and support for social change on the ground.”

Our Mission

The HERE Center is dedicated to improving health equity for individuals in the San Fernando Valley (SFV) and surrounding communities through education, community-academic partnerships, and health disparities research.

The Vision

All individuals in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding communities live healthy lives and feel connected to their communities.

Our Center Objectives

  • Increase health equity in the San Fernando Valley and the broader Los Angeles region.
  • Increase community-academic research collaborations around health equity using interdisciplinary, culturally humble methods including Community-Partnered Participatory Research (CPPR).
  • Provide a focal point for biomedical research training by centralizing campus resources related to health equity for students, faculty, and community members.
  • Increase grant activity in the area of health equity.
  • Serve as a source of information and dissemination to all affected audiences, especially those communities that we study.

The HERE Center Model

Research In Action

Data Resources and Referrals


Through compiling local statistics, community stories about health disparities in the San Fernando Valley (public)

Community Connections


Through collaborative events and community cafes to build mutual advocacy between community and faculty partners (public)



For collaborative action research

Research and Grant Writing


Training opportunities for CBO’s, community members, faculty, and students