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CHER was selected to serve as the Learning and Evaluation (L&E) team for Building Healthy Communities Long Beach, a 10-year place-based initiative funded by The California Endowment to address health disparities using a systems level approach. As the local L&E team, CHER has conducted evaluation activities to identify the successes and challenges of implementing a large-scale initiative, and results have been presented at the annual American Public Health Association meeting in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Through its continued partnership with the City of Long Beach, CHER also serves as the evaluation team for projects implemented by the City and by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services-Bureau of Human Services.  CHER currently serves as the evaluation team for two projects, the California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention (CalGRIP) 7 Project, or My Sister’s Keeper, that addresses human trafficking in Long Beach and the All In Campaign, a project to reduce chronic truancy and chronic absenteeism.  Findings from the evaluation of these aforementioned projects have been used to improve project strategies to ensure that each is making satisfactory progress towards achieving its intended outcomes, and to ensure that the overall project goals are met through use of outcome measures.

Interventions used in five of our HIV prevention studies have been designated Evidence-Based Behavioral Interventions (EBIs) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

CHER was awarded a 3-year $900,000 grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2015 to address an unmet need on the CSULB campus and in the Long Beach community by serving Black young men who have sex with men (YMSM) ages 18 to 24, at risk for substance use and HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) infection.   Interventions used in five of our HIV prevention studies have been designated Evidence-Based Behavioral Interventions (EBIs) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

2016 - CHER was awarded a five-year, $1.93 million grant by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences ( NIGMS) to create the CHER Institute designed to

  • Increase the number of early career faculty members with an emphasis on faculty from Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) who are better prepared to become NIH principal investigators in the field of community-based health equity research; and
  • Increase the quantity and quality of health equity research targeting vulnerable ethnic minority populations

2009 - CHER was awarded a 5-year $5 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health Disparities (Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions - RIMI) to build infrastructure at CSULB through mentoring faculty and students in health disparities research.