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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.


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.

Updates and Resources from CSUN

Updates and Campus Messages

Campus COVID-19 Page

General Information about COVID-19

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

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.

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.

Health Care

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.

Mental Health and Wellness

CSUN - University Counseling Services

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

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.

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.

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

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

Other 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

American Diabetes Association

Breastfeeding LA

Black Infants & Families LA

Scholarship Opportunities and Other Learning Resources

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


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


Director's Statement

With you, we are becoming:

"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.”

- Carrie L. Saetermoe, PhD



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!

Learn More



CSUN Today on "Collaborating for Change"

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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!


Transfer Recognition Ceremony

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

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Bring your family and friends and join us for a night of recognition! All Badge Project participants will be recognized and graduating participants will be sashed. Read more

Collaboration for Change: Demonstration Project

March 10, 2020

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Do you have an idea for or are currently doing community-partnered participatory research? Apply for one of three $1000 grants! Read more

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


HERE Center News

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

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


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