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
General Information about COVID-19
- 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 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.
- Free Virtual Care visits for Mild COVID-19 Symptoms
- 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
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
- 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.
- Available at participating school sites throughout CA. Visit the website to find the closest participating school meal program location.
- Visit the website to find the closest food bank near you.
- Offering packaged and frozen meals to older adults at their meal sites.
Communication during COVID-19
- 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
- Updated April 3, 2020
- California Wellness Foundation emergency relief funds
- Sempra Energy Foundation: COVID-19 Nonprofit Hardship Fund
- Grants ranging from $500 to $50,000 to small to medium-sized non-profit organizations serving people and families significantly affected by COVID-19.poop
- They are looking for nonprofits that they have not already funded with COVID-19 support.
- California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program & Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (nonprofits are eligible)
- National, state and regional community foundation relief funds (click on "Response Funds")
- US Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance – low-interest, long-repayment loans of up to $2 million to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact (nonprofits of all sizes are eligible)
- 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.
- Find answers to common questions that pertain to the immigrant community in Los Angeles County
COVID-19 FAQs for Immigrants
Scholarship Opportunities and Other Learning Resources
Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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!
Transfer Recognition Ceremony
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
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
Thank you for coming to our first annual CSUN Community-Academic Partnerships Conference: Collaborating for Change on February 26! Read more