The third annual Latino Health Equity Conference at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) aims to raise awareness and engage CSULB faculty, staff, students, and the larger community in health equity research focused on Latinos, our nation’s largest and fastest-growing minority population.
The Hispanic Health Opportunity Learning Alliance (H2OLA) at the NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training provides Latino undergraduate and minority graduate students with academic training, mentoring, and career development opportunities designed to facilitate careers in health equity and disparities research. Latinos continue to be gravely underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social science disciplines. H2OLA was developed in response to this critical educational and professional deficit, with support from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Science Education Initiative. Through a unique collaborative effort within CSULB’s College of Health and Human Services and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, H2OLA welcomes students across both colleges, and aims to widen the potential pool of minority applicants prepared to apply for advanced degrees and engage in careers that will positively impact health-equity opportunities for the most underserved.