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AAIMM Breastfeeding Drive-Thru Event

September 8, 2021

AAIMM Drive Through Event

Last August 21, the Northeast Valley WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) and the San Fernando & Santa Clarita Valleys African American Infant and Maternal Mortality Community Actions Team (SPA 2 AAIMM CAT) held their very first Breastfeeding Drive-Thru Event. Read More about the AAIMM Breastfeeding Drive-Thru Event

Team Feature Articles: Veronica Villasenor

June 1, 2021

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As a STEM transfer student, Veronica Villasenor faced the ordeal of transferring alone from her community college in Central California to Los Angeles. After garnering experience and expanding her network, she managed to establish the START Office, a resource center for transfer students. Read more

Team Feature Articles: Steven Graves, PhD

June 7, 2021

Steve Graves

Growing up a block and a half from the United States’ largest paper mill, Steven Graves could smell the pollutants from the mill every day. He believes that if he and his family lived upwind from the factory, his sister would not have contracted leukemia. Read More About Steven Graves

Team Feature Articles: Patty Kwan, PhD

May 25, 2021

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Patchareeya “Patty” Kwan grew up in the 80s-era San Fernando Valley like many immigrant children didnavigating through unknown terrain and serving as an impromptu translator for their parents. When it came to medical matters, she acted as their bridge to information despite not being a medical professional. Read more about Patty Kwan

Team Feature Articles: Claudia Toledo-Corral, PhD

May 18, 2021

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The word “diabetes” was something Claudia Toledo-Corral always heard throughout her childhood. Her family and her neighbors always talked about it, and from there, her curiosity morphed into an academic interest. Read more about Claudia Toledo-Corral

Team Feature Articles: Carrie Saetermoe, PhD

June 25, 2021

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Saetermoe currently serves as the executive director of the HERE Center and a principal investigator of BUILD PODER. Her primary expertiselies in psychology, as she received her bachelor’s and master’s in psychology and her doctorate degree in developmental psychology and health psychology. Read More about Carrie Saetermoe

Team Feature Articles: Josey Vargas, PhD

June 16, 2021

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From the beginning of his academic career, Jose Hugo Vargas has always been interested in psychology thanks to his mentors’ influence. Specializing in psychology and education, Vargas has always advocated for social justice, particularly for students. Read More About Josey Vargas

Team Feature Articles: Kacie Blackman, PhD

May 7, 2021

Kacie Blackman

As an advocate fighting against infant and maternal mortality, particularly among black populations, Kacie Blackman has dedicated most of her research to lactation resources, policies for maternal health and maternity support resources. Read more about Kacie Blackman

Vision y Compromiso’s 18th Annual Virtual Conference

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 1:32pm to Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 1:32pm

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Join our center's partner Vision y Compromiso’s 18th annual virtual conference of interactive activities with promotores from around the nation! Take advantage of 3 days of opportunities to learn, network, bond, and have fun from October 1st to the 3rd. Read more

The Role of CSUN Food Pantry and Pop-Up Pantry on Well-Being, Academic Success and Food Security: A CSUN Student Perspective

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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Sign up for the focus group that explores the role of CSUN Food Pantry and Pop-up Pantry on participating student's well-being, academic success and food security! Read more

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July 16, 2020

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July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Join us in spreading awareness about the unique struggles and disparities that underrepresented groups have to face regarding their mental health. Check out this list of local resources and share among your networks. Read more

CSUN Events for Black Lives Matter

June 11, 2020

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Check out this list for some ongoing efforts at our campus to fight racism and support the Black community. Read more

COVID-19 Related Measurement Protocols

May 14, 2020

Important resources for biomedical researchers during COVID-19 pandemic: Visit PhenX Toolkit ( ) page for a frequently updated list of verified COVID-19 research tools and protocols.


BUILD PODER Student Lorena Melendez is selected as EmPOWERED to Serve Scholar

April 8, 2020

Congratulations to BUILD PODER Scholar Lorena Melendez on being selected to join the 2020 EmPOWERED to Serve Scholars, a national program that prepares the next generation of health equity and social justice leaders! Read more..


National Minority Health Month

April 15, 2020

Do you know that April is the National Minority Health Month? Join us to stay active and healthy from home! Visit the HHS Office of Minority Health’s National Minority Health Month website for upcoming virtual events, downloadable materials, and resources on how to stay active and support physical, mental and emotional wellness. Click here.

CSUN Today on "Collaborating for Change"

March 23, 2020

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The HERE Center's first community-academic partnership conference, Collaboration for Change, has been featured on CSUN Today, check out the article here!



Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17): Join the movement!

March 13, 2020

Black women in Los Angeles County are 4 times as likely to die in childbirth than women from any other ethnic group. From April 11-17, we at the HERE Center honor Black Maternal Health Week and strive for health equity and an end the structural and everyday racism that kills and harms Black Mamas and their infants. Find out more here.


Community-Academic Partnerships Conference: Collaborating for Change Highlights

March 6, 2020

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Thank you for coming to our first annual CSUN Community-Academic Partnerships Conference: Collaborating for Change on February 26! Read more

March of Dimes Focus Groups in the Antelope Valley

February 20, 2020

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As you may know, March of Dimes is conducting focus groups and listening sessions to learn more about the patient experiences of Black women as well as barriers and solutions to improving access to quality prenatal care in the Antelope Valley.  Focus groups will be held with Black women with a prior preterm birth, clinicians providing prenatal care to Black women, and community-based organizations serving Black women and families.  We will use the focus group learnings to develop programs and policies to improve birth outcomes and reduce racial disparities. Read more

Community Doula Townhall

February 20, 2020

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Join us for the Women’s Policy Institute (WPI) Los Angeles Health Justice Team Community Doula Townhall on Saturday, February 22, 2020. After decades of Black women fighting to end the Black Infant and Maternal Mortality crisis, we have entered a new era of opportunity. Though the fight is far from over, there is new support and interest in community, from government and elected officials to work together and with communities to eliminate this health disparity. Read more