Increasing Health Equity Through Community-Research Collaboration

October 4, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The California Endowment
Center for Healthy Communities

1000 N. Alameda Street  |  Los Angeles, CA 90012



Partners in Meeting Community Needs

Non-profit professionals, researchers, social services providers, and students are invited to join IBHRI and CSUN's BUILD PODER (NIH-funded) Program as we discuss how non-profits and researchers can work together to increase health equity in local communities.

We will have expert speakers and panelists from various sectors, including academia, independent research organizations, and non-profit organizations. We will address topics related to approaches and best practices in building community-researcher partnerships, (e.g., ethical issues that may arise, funding, grants, best practices).  The outcome of successful collaborations is community service.

Together we will learn from each other, identify ways to work together, and identify the benefits (and possible obstacles to overcome) in university/research and nonprofit organization partnerships.

  • Thomas E. Backer, Ph.D., CSUN Valley Nonprofit Resources
  • Erica Shehane, MPH, LCSW, Special Services for Groups
  • Jocelyn Guihama, MPP, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Anthony Ortiz-Luis, MS, Valley Care Community Consortium
  • Jared Ashcroft, Ph.D., Pasadena City College
  • Carrie L. Saetermoe, Ph.D., California State University, Northridge
  • Joshua J. Matacotta, Psy.D., IBHRI; Western University of Health Sciences
  • CSUN HERE Center Faculty Panelists: Dr. Kacie Blackman, Dr. Claudia Toledo-Corral, Dr. Thomas Chan, Dr. Yolanda Vasquez-Salgado

To read the full bios of our speakers and presenters, please visit the "Speakers" page. 


Who should attend

Nonprofit agency leaders, health and social services professionals, college and university faculty, researchers, program evaluators, mental health professionals, policymakers, students, and others will convene with a shared goal of maximizing social impact through collaboration.

Conference attendees will have an opportunity to network, learn from each other, and increase their understanding of ways to effectively collaborate while serving the needs of diverse communities. Breakfast, coffee, lunch, and parking included!






The Human Side of Collaboration

Community-Researcher Partnership Profile: A Public, Private Partnership to Improve Oral Health in Los Angeles County

Bridging a Connection Between Community Organizations and Academic Research

Using Undergraduate Research and Community Partnerships to Increase Success of K-12 and Community College Students in STEM

Community-led Research: What Nonprofits Want Academics and Funders to Know

  • Check-in & Light Breakfast
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Morning Keynote
  • Presentation
  • Panel Discussion
  • Lunch
  • Presentations
  • Networking
  • Closing Keynote
  • Closing Remarks 


    Registration is open

    REGISTRATION INCLUDES: Breakfast, coffee & refreshments, lunch, parking, and a chance to meet future colleagues! 

    Conference Partner

    Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity, Promoting Opportunities for Diversity in Education and Research
    (BUILD PODER, an NIH-funded Program)

    California State University, Northridge